I will get the ball rolling on the topic of packing for those people who may be novices or may just want ideas to consider. I know we all have different ways and different horses, so I would love to hear from everyone who has a moment to share. China, CM's and AR's will have even more detailed packing instructions than what is shown here for the factory finish Breyers and Stones!
I have a way of packing my OF resin Breyer & Stone Horses. I think about things like weight for transporting, preventing damage and dust. Some good, mostly dust-free products for wrapping (in my opinion) are Viva paper towels and Charmin Ultra Strong toilet tissue. These seem to have only a little dust and are very soft. I like to gently wrap the head, some manes and the tails in Charmin and the body and legs in Viva. Stands are always wrapped separately. I use cellophane tape to hold the paper wraps on, then wrap in clear bubble wrap with the leg tag showing. I get the large box of bubble wrap from Sams Club. It rolls out & tears into sections. It is only about $12 for a 12" x 30 ft roll. I use more or less wrapping depending on the fragility. I use a large rolling plastic file box with a retractable handle to carry my larger horses to prevent heavy lifting and carrying. Granted, I no longer carry a lot of traditional sized horses, so I would need multiple rolling boxes if I brought more to show. For my mini's, I now have a modified plastic hardware organizer that has individual drawers. Since this is designed with an open back to hang on a garage wall, I glued a piece of foam board on the back to prevent the drawers from going all the way through. One or two SM's or Chips will fit into each drawer wrapped in their paper & bubble wrap. I use a Dyno label maker to label the drawers with the horses' names. I pack them in the order of the classlist, to keep the stress level down. I use clear packing tape to secure the drawers to keep them from flying open during transport. This is a light weight system and is easy to carry. I bring a totally clean SOFT make up brush and a soft cloth to remove any dust left on the finish from the paper.
Since my horses are kept in closed glass cases at home, they do not collect dust. I cannot stress enough the importance of having your horses dust free before they get packed for the show. If there are two nearly identical horses in a class that could be contenders one with dust and one without.... the dust free one is the most likely to win. It is best not to expose your live-show horses to dust by displaying out in the open for long periods. Prevention is the best medicine! Having said all that, I still dust any way before packing.
I create labels for my horses' show cards and tags. I print multiple sheets to place labels on 3x5" index cards and the string tag for the leg. It makes it easier to be organized. I bring extra cards for call backs. I use address labels on the back to identify who my horses belong to.
I find that the horses that I decide to bring at last moment do well. It has taught me that all of us have different tastes and standards with horses and to be prepared. The judge may see something entrants do not- positive or negative. The main goal is to be well prepared to save stress and then have fun! Great packing will protect your horses from early live-show retirement and preserve the value.