Up Your Horse Show Diet Game – 8 Ways to Eat Healthy at Your Next Show

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 If this is your normal show food, it’s time to up your horse show diet game.

Horse Show Diet - The ONTF Equestrian BlogOkay let’s face it, who has time to think about their horse show diet? If your nerves don’t totally kill your appetite you are probably way too busy with 1,000,000 other things to stop and make yourself that healthy snack or lunch.

Eating well is not only the exact same time commitment as grabbing that chicken tender plate, it is also,well, HEALTHY. A good diet can power you through morning chores, keep you focused in the warm up ring, and steady your nerves in that championship class.

It’s time to grab your lunch box and totally kick butt at your next horse show!

1. Update Your Supplies

There is nothing more unappetizing than a soggy sandwich, smushed grapes, or a lukewarm drink. Treat yourself this horse show season and invest in a good lunchbox, tupperware, and water bottle. My favorites are Sistema (colorful, durable, leakproof), Blender Bottle (I can actually fit a sponge in to clean it!), and the Mojecto Cooler Bag (don’t currently own this, but it has amazing reviews).

2. Go Bananas

So Bananas are actually proven to help with nerves. Bananas are natural beta blockers. Which means they keep adrenaline from binding to beta receptors in your body lowering you pulse and blood pressure. Need more reasons to eat a banana at a horse show?

Bananas contain:

  • Vitamin B6 – essential for serotonin synthesizing to promote relaxation
  • Potassium and magnesium – known muscle and nerve relaxants
  • Three types of natural sugar to provide quick, long lasting energy

For your next horse show opt for that morning banana smoothie, pack that yellow bunch, or even snack on that banana muffin. Your body will thank you! Try the Chocolate Banana Smoothie from this ONTF post!

3. Leave processed foods at home!

Nothing screams “mid morning crash” than filling your horse show diet with processed foods. Your favorite chewy bars, potato chips, granola bites, and even rice cakes might be packed with unnecessary ingredients. Read labels and when in doubt the fewer the ingredients usually the better.

Remember that added sugar can be hidden with words like dextrose, cane juice, fructose, corn syrup, and more than a dozen others. Food dyes and additives can lurk at the bottom of ingredient lists. And when your goal is to streamline your energy and nutritional needed, unnecessary ingredients just slow you down. So read labels and pack whole foods when possible.

Some of my all time favorite grab and go snacks include:

  1. ANY fruit or vegetable
  2. Hard Boiled Farm Fresh Egg
  3. Whole Nuts
  4. Terra Chips (Website Here)
  5. Organic Popcorn (Recipe Here)
  6. Fruit Leather (Recipe Here)

4. Pack Ahead

The morning of a show there are so more things to worry about than packing your lunch. So take 15 minutes the day before to organize your meals.

5. Opt for better options at the food vendor

When all else fails head to the food vendors at your horse show. Hopefully they’ll offer at least one veggie burger, or salad option, and maybe even some fruit! My tips are to skimp on the sauces, choose water instead of soda, and go easy on the fries.

6. Love That H2O

Drink like a fish. Grab a reusable water bottle and just keep refilling.

7. Don’t Forget Your Horse

After all, he is the reason you’re there so throw in a couple apples and carrots for the champion. Or make some of your own tasty treats (Recipe Here)!

8. Resist The Hospitality Room

While all of those free donuts, cookies, gatorade, bagels, chips, and candy look so good, they are so bad. With literal CUPS of added sugar those free snacks can throw your body seriously off its horse show game.

Horse Show Diet - The ONTF Equestrian Blog


Ever since I started eating clean and eating whole I have felt so much better. Chores are a breeze and I have the stamina to get even my least favorite parts of barn work done. I am definitely not a pro (I got my education via Netflix’s health documentary section), but by making smart choices I have the energy to get so much more done! Got any horse show diet hacks of your own? Comment below! As always please share this post on Facebook, Pinterest, and with family and friends. 

Happy Trails,

The Oh No There's Flowers Blog

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