Stall Cards

As part of my show season preparation, I finally sat down and made stall cards for Henry and Halo. Last year I usually just jotted my number/hotel on a piece of tape, and every single time I did that I thought to myself “This is ghetto, I should make real stall cards”. But I didn’t, because I never remember anything.

generic show-supplied stall card lacks pizzazz and supplies no information about the majestic unicorn living within

Stall cards in general are one of my favorite things. Most of the barns I’ve been at over the years have put some kind of information on the horse’s stall. Sometimes just name and how much they ate, other times everything from basic info to blanketing information. As someone who has worked in a barn (and still barnsits sometimes) I love having it all right there on the front of each stall. It takes all the uncertainty out of everything, and makes it so that just about anyone can step in, if necessary, and care for the horses.

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a previous barn’s stall card

Bobby and I hemmed and hawed for a while about exactly what info to put on them before deciding on All Of It. That way if one or both of us is injured at a show or otherwise incapacitated in some way, all the care instructions will be right there. So I threw together some stall cards for the boys that we can take on the road with us and now they’re off to get laminated so we can re-use them over and over. And they have unicorns on them, natch. And they’re color coordinated. Might as well, right?

Do y’all put cards on your horses stalls at shows? What info do you include?


19 thoughts on “Stall Cards

  1. if we ever go to a show that requires stalling (or, god forbid, is overnight) my stall card will need to convince any appalled onlookers not to freak out about the pissed off fire breathing arabian detained against her will…

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  2. I actually had wooden signs engraved that have a chain on them (for hanging) – I’ve had some for 10 years. They work great.

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  3. I have a stall card (with custom holder, cause I’m like that) with description and picture of my horse, my contact info, trainer + contact info, vet, farrier and feed instructions (plus a small notes section for special notes)

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  4. These look really nice! If we’re going somewhere overnight/somewhere where no one knows my horse/somewhere I won’t be on the show grounds for the entirety of the show , I include a conformation-style photo of the horse on my card, farrier & vet info, and the horse’s normal resting temp, pulse, and respiration. This basically never happens any more, so it’s usually a sheet of paper with the horse’s name, my name, and my phone number taped up crookedly.

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  5. At one barn we included farrier and vet contact information. But at away places I’ve only ever put a name and phone number. A stall card is a great idea!

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  6. Stall Cards are super crucial for me. Not just for feeding, but also for when someone notices your horse might be missing or sick, it’s so reassuring to know that all the info someone might need is right there. They’re also great for when for some reason the normal person can’t feed and someone else needs to be able to figure things out. I’ve been personally glad for stall cards in both scenarios. I love Stephanie’s putting a confo shot on too. I’ve never thought to do that, but it might have been helpful the one we pulled into the showgrounds late one night to find a random horse wandering.

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  7. I make stall-cards as well for shows. I only include name, age, breed, owner (and owner’s number), rider and rider’s number. I also put “Do NOT FEED” as most shows I go to have lots of unhorsey people running around and lots of horses get fed things they shouldn’t…

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