Living on the Road While Horse Showing

Tips for trailer living on the horse-show road.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Ah, the glamorous life on the road. Eating drive-through fast food, cramming clothes into a suitcase and trying to find space for everything you need. For those who travel frequently to horse shows, rodeos or trail rides, living-quarters trailers have certainly made traveling with your horses easier.

Jennifer Horton, owner of Bar H Photography and avid showman, offers her advice for living on the road.

In addition to choosing the right living-quarters trailers, there are also many tips and bits of information that can make your life on the road easier.


You can never have too much storage space. If your trailer has mangers, the storage area underneath provides room for necessities. A plastic garden hose holder can be mounted in this area to give your electrical cord a home, keeping it accessible and tidy. A 5-gallon bucket is a great place to store your sewer hose or can be another place to keep your electrical cords tangle-free.

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Keep a toolbox in your trailer with assorted wrenches, screwdrivers and a hammer. Toss in a few spare electrical adapters (you’ll always meet someone in the RV park who needs an adapter to plug in) and a two- or three-way hose splitter, because you might need to share the water supply with your neighbor.

It’s also a good idea to purchase a heavy-duty electrical cord, for the times you are parked away from the electrical box in the RV park. You should also have the little tire ramps that can be used to chock your tires or help fix a flat, and don’t forget your emergency triangles.

Whether you have a mid-tack or use the first horse stall as a storage area, plastic storage shelves and totes can help you keep organized.


Two words: paper plates. The last thing that you’ll want to do is stand and wash dishes at a horse show.

A crock pot makes cooking easy, especially with those “meals in a bag” you can get at the grocery store. Don’t forget the crock pot liner bags to make cleanup a breeze.

Microwaveable meals are plentiful at your grocery store, as well.

If your trailer is outfitted with a couch, you probably have the large table that can sometimes be in the way. Wooden TV trays can be stored in a closet and brought out to use at meal times, giving you more floor space.

Get little plastic refrigerator gates to help keep your goods in place while traveling.

A collapsible step-stool to reach upper cupboards can be folded away in a cupboard when it’s not needed.

An empty tissue box is a good container for plastic grocery bags to reuse as garbage bags.

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You’ll need a can opener, bottle opener and a corkscrew.


Keep a set of bath towels just for your trailer so you always have them. A couple of plastic over-the-door hooks can be hung on your shower glass partition to give you a place to hang towels to dry.

Small plastic baskets keep your toiletries in order in the cupboard and keep items off your limited counter space.

A plastic drawer unit works well as a dresser for small clothing items.

Keep toiletries stocked in the bathroom rather than packing for every trip, but make sure to take freezable items out when winterizing.

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