All riders can relate to that hour of the day at which we hit a wall, usually around 1:30pm when our bodies finally succumb to the fact that lunch isn’t going to fit in the agenda. Between barn chores, work, rides, competitions, and more barn chores, it’s not even uncommon to realize that eight hours have gone by since our last meal (if you can call a banana and a latte a meal). These situations can tempt us into unhealthy nutritional territory.
As disciplined as we are about our horses’ feeding schedules, we often manage to neglect our own dietary requirements by skipping meals or reaching for the family size bag of Sour Patch Kids conveniently stashed in our tack trunk. The irony is not lost on us, and the topic of how to stay fueled up throughout the day has been a consistent conversation among our peers during this busy winter show circuit. We turned to a few pros to find out what they eat while on-the-go, and were delighted to discover that with some simple planning – like, really simple – we can rely on a handful of grab-and-go or easy-to-prep meals to provide the energy necessary to keep us from raiding the carrot bin, or surrendering to the pocket full of peppermints swiped from our favorite restaurant (What? Every rider does it!).