Hunter/jumper Horse Show Truths

  1. You can never overpack, but you can under pack. You will regret not packing that third girth.
  2. Walking tacos are God's way of rewarding you for choosing this lifestyle.
  3. You must never, ever forget your horses' favorite treat. And if you do, you must figure out a way to get it immediately, even if it means driving a golf cart to the nearest grocery store.
  4. Yes, they serve a purpose, but if your horse is the one in the head to hoof sparkly sleazy, he is being laughed at by the other horses. A lot.
  5. Your trainer, however nice or complimentary she may be at home, will suddenly turn into George Morris.
  6. Your horse will develop a random new bad habit.
  7. You will need to take out a second mortgage to pay your show fees.
  8. Your horse will save your butt, more times than you can ever count, and you will consider changing her barn name to Angel.
  9. Nothing will ever feel as good as earning a well deserved ribbon.
  10. It is the only occasion you will happily wake up at 4:30 AM for.
  11. You will cry, panic, and swear off horse showing forever on day 2. But as you load your horse on the trailer you ask, "when is the next show?"