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What To Throw in Your Suitcase for a Horse Show as a Freelance Groom

Freelance horse grooms require a little more thought to their packing than most, and Alison McIvor breaks down her go-to suitcase ingredient list.

If you are lucky enough to be traveling for freelance grooming, I can advise you on a few things that might help to make it more comfortable for you. 

Filling Up Your Suitcase

Bring enough trousers, shorts, t-shirts for everyday and a couple of nice shirts for team dinners. Bring a selection of shoes that are comfortable and lightweight. Bring light padded jackets that roll up tight in your baggage. If it might rain a lot, ask your boss to put in extra spare coats for you. Choose fabrics that are light and easy to pack that dry well. Bring a wooly hat or a sun hat. I always have a hat; it can be a lifesaver on frosty mornings or hot days, especially if you are outside all day. Bring your own thermos cup for drinks and snacks that you can eat that first day you arrive. My favorite snack of the moment are sesame bars; I’ve got 20 of them ready for China (for the Asian Games), so I know I’ll be eating something relatively healthy and familiar. 

Choosing the Right Food for You on the Road 

If you are like me and you are sensitive to changes in food, bring what you know works for you, or ask your boss to provide you with certain foods that you like. Horse show food can be really hit or miss, and the more I travel, the more I have problems with the food–hence I bring my own special supply. 

Between grooming supplies, snacks, and designated travel clothes, Alison McIvor has her packing list narrowed down to a science – and she’s letting you in on it.

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December 6, 2023

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