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    09-03-2012, 04:35 PM
  #1
Foal
Help or hindrance? CamelBaks, bells, and other stuff.

Happy Labor Day everyone!

Ok, so heres a few things I'm on the fence about for training rides as well as race day. I'm just interested in what yall find helpfull, or what SOUNDED like a good idea,and after using didn't work out lol. If y'all have experience with these specific items/ideas I'd really like to hear about it, as well as other options you found to work in place of them.

1)Camelbak hydration packs: I've used one for camping before, and I'm thinking of getting one to use for training rides and races. There are TONS of different sizes/shapes/options so finding one just right would take time, but I think it would really be worth it. I hate wasting precious saddle bag space with 4 bottles of water that flop around. The Camelbaks keep water cold, offer extra storage for other items, and the larger sizes hold up to 100 oz. Of water. Granted that's alot of extra weight on your back but I would get that big of a size. However it also allows you to have enough water for your horse.

2) "Jingle" bells attached to saddle. At first I thought this was a dumb idea. Then I realized it might be beneficial to other riders, and hell
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    09-03-2012, 04:48 PM
  #2
Foal
OOPS POSTED TOO SOON! CONTINUED BELOW

Even me if I get tossed and need to find my horse lol.

3) Collapsable water bucket: Found one on sale. Do yalls horses drink on the trail besides at water crossings? My horse is terrified of water, so getting close enough to a crossing to drink may be an issue. And if he followss other horses he rushes across too much to relax and drink.

4) First Aid Kit: I know this a given but I tend to go overboard with this stuff and was just wondering what BASIC supplies y'all carry that you've found can also double for human use.

That's all I can think of right now. I'll update if more comes to mind
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    09-03-2012, 04:50 PM
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Green Broke
Dont see the point of bells, they get pretty annoying, You can just use your voice to let other riders know you are aproaching. Better for other horses anyways. Horses know human voices and usually chill out as soon as they hear one, bells on the other hand. Maybe for training they may be ok, especially in bear country.

Buy once cry once, get one of these, Endurance/Western Cantle Saddlebag by Stowaway

Carries two bottles of water, and rear pouch is big enough for a first aid kit and some snivel gear, bigger pouches and back packs mean you end up carrying more junk you don't need. Two bottles of water is plenty. You will be coming into vet checks or have spotter places to refill water every couple hours if not more frequent. Also there will also be horse water every so often. On the on side I carry a collapsable soft water bucket/ scoop and big sponge, on the off side I have a stowaway hoof boot pouch I carry my ride card and electrolyte in, that is it, everything else is left at the vet checks.

I do know a couple people do use the camel backs for hydration, I think it is because they are unable to drink alot of water, so they sip constantly. I don't have a problem downing a quart at one gulp, So I can leave a check point with a full qt in my stomach and another on my bags. Looking at more experienced riders, or the pictures of the winning tevis horses, they tend to have Nothing with them. Its the new riders that tend to load themselves down.
     
    09-03-2012, 05:02 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Most rides will either have creeks or water troughs to drink from, depends on area, I wouldnt count on troughs if there are natural places to drink. You really need to work on your horses water issues. A horse that wont drink from a creak is a huge liability on an endurance ride. The bucket is handy, can be tied to saddle and holds a big sponge, you can scoop water to throw on your horse, get water if other horses are crowding the source, or if he can't get to it. Same with the sponge, use to wipe on and off water,

My cantle bag contains two rolls of vet rap, stuffed behind the water bottles, a few zip ties, a wad of parachute cord, Inside a ziplock bag is a small pill bottle containing, an asortment of pills, heartburn, tylenol, motin sickness, chapstick individually wrapped womens panty liners, a baby diaper, couple handy wipes, and a single paper towel. Leatherman multi tool with a razor sharp blade, a packable raincoat, some mechanics gloves and a polar fleece, water proof matches, lighter.
     
    09-03-2012, 05:29 PM
  #5
Foal
I was actually looking into those bags so I'll probably be going with them now that I know they're good! And yes as for the bells I bought one the other day that was a Bear Bell and has a magnet in a pouch attached so you can stifle the sound when you want to so I'll probanly just keep it attached in case I need it. I'm also a "sipper" not a gulper lol. Chugging water makes me sick so that's why I'm leaning towards a Camelbak. I agree with you on how Tevis riders race. They're runnin on bare minimum and have it down to a science.
     
    09-03-2012, 07:23 PM
  #6
Weanling
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dont see the point of bells, they get pretty annoying, You can just use your voice to let other riders know you are aproaching. Better for other horses anyways. Horses know human voices and usually chill out as soon as they hear one, bells on the other hand. Maybe for training they may be ok, especially in bear country.

Buy once cry once, get one of these, Endurance/Western Cantle Saddlebag by Stowaway

Carries two bottles of water, and rear pouch is big enough for a first aid kit and some snivel gear, bigger pouches and back packs mean you end up carrying more junk you don't need. Two bottles of water is plenty. You will be coming into vet checks or have spotter places to refill water every couple hours if not more frequent. Also there will also be horse water every so often. On the on side I carry a collapsable soft water bucket/ scoop and big sponge, on the off side I have a stowaway hoof boot pouch I carry my ride card and electrolyte in, that is it, everything else is left at the vet checks.

I do know a couple people do use the camel backs for hydration, I think it is because they are unable to drink alot of water, so they sip constantly. I don't have a problem downing a quart at one gulp, So I can leave a check point with a full qt in my stomach and another on my bags. Looking at more experienced riders, or the pictures of the winning tevis horses, they tend to have Nothing with them. Its the new riders that tend to load themselves down.
thanks for that link. I found a couple of things im going to order.
     
    09-03-2012, 07:45 PM
  #7
Trained
Camelbaks are certainly useful. We wear them to muster all day. I have a 1.5 litre bladder and it lasts me all day, but the water is pretty warm by lunchtime! They do give you tired shoulders though, but for long hot days I think the benefits outweigh that. However I do love the ride back to the truck when I can take the darn thing off!
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    09-03-2012, 08:57 PM
  #8
Showing
Griffith. You're horse can't see the bottom so for all he knows he's stepping of into an abyss. On a large trail ride they get over this pretty quickly. Don't coax him to cross, just let him realize if he doesn't cross he'll get left behind and get eaten. He'll cross. If he's thirsty, he'll drink.
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    09-03-2012, 10:16 PM
  #9
Started
I do all my training rides with bells. I started out using them to warn hunters that my grey horse was not actually a rare albino deer, but I have found them very useful for the countless oblivious patrons of the multi-use trails I train on. For unknown reasons, those people don't notice the sound of approaching hooves (or my shouted greetings), but they sure do notice that santa claus is coming!!

I actually don't notice them at all any more, but they do get comments from people I am riding with for the first time.


As for the camelbacks, I know several people who ride with them and love them. Personally, my back says no way, so I carry water bottles in my stowaway packs (also carry a variety of first aid supplies in them as well).
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    09-04-2012, 06:56 AM
  #10
Foal
I agree with Joe, don't even really know anyone that uses jingle bells. Hydration packs are always a good idea, I always carry one on every ride.
     

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