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post #11 of 18 Old 06-18-2013, 05:30 AM
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Wow, you are much more coordinated than I am if you can get your bottles in and out of those zipper pockets while moving down the trail. My DH had that pack on the front of his saddle and I tried putting water bottles there exactly once.. it was an exercise in frustration for me as it was all I could do to get the bottle out while trotting even using both hands!
Weird. I'm not that coordinated... but I think its pretty easy. I do have long pull tabs on the zippers, and I loop my reins over one arm and use both hands if needed at a big trot, but no big deal. They do make that pack with water hosters instead of side pouches, I just thought the pouches would be more versatile. (and I keep a pencil pouch of small snacks and water flavor packets in one side next to a water bottle)
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post #12 of 18 Old 06-18-2013, 09:21 PM
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I do have long pull tabs on the zippers,

Ah, I bet that alone would be a big help, as some of my trouble was def finding the tiny bouncing pulltab. Can't say I did much experimenting with making them easier to use, just made sure to ride in my own saddle the next time!

I also wonder how much is just what you learned with/are used to. I started out with the water bottle holders, so that seems easier to me. My DH, however, thinks those stink as well and had issues, so he now rides with a camelback.


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post #13 of 18 Old 06-19-2013, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Ah, I bet that alone would be a big help, as some of my trouble was def finding the tiny bouncing pulltab. Can't say I did much experimenting with making them easier to use, just made sure to ride in my own saddle the next time!

I also wonder how much is just what you learned with/are used to. I started out with the water bottle holders, so that seems easier to me. My DH, however, thinks those stink as well and had issues, so he now rides with a camelback.
DOes he like tha camel back? I have been thinking about that instead of multiple bottles, but afraid to wear anything but a safety vest and phone in case my horse and I take a sudden seperate departure from each other ;)
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post #14 of 18 Old 06-19-2013, 03:05 PM
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DOes he like tha camel back? I have been thinking about that instead of multiple bottles, but afraid to wear anything but a safety vest and phone in case my horse and I take a sudden seperate departure from each other ;)
So far he loves it. And I love it because he will actually drink on trail without my having to lecture him every 10 minutes (he is very good at taking care of his horse, very bad at taking care of himself!!). He did need to play with the tightness of the straps, as it was a bit loose the first ride and one of the shoulder straps was trying to rub. But since adjusting it, he has had no problems. The real test will be next month, when he tries a 100 with it.

I can understand being nervous about things attached if you were to depart from your horse. However, in thinking back to all the times I have landed on the ground (and seeing as I broke and rode racehorses for a living once upon a time, I am plenty experienced!), I have rarely landed on my back. I seem to prefer landing on a shoulder or my arms/chest, so a camelback wouldn't affect that landing (other than to perhaps make you wet if it broke on impact! ).


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Lol! I may have to look into that. Are they easy to clean? I have been wanting one for hiking anyways but just havent got around to seriously looking at them.
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post #16 of 18 Old 06-20-2013, 12:42 AM
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I can understand being nervous about things attached if you were to depart from your horse. However, in thinking back to all the times I have landed on the ground (and seeing as I broke and rode racehorses for a living once upon a time, I am plenty experienced!), I have rarely landed on my back. I seem to prefer landing on a shoulder or my arms/chest, so a camelback wouldn't affect that landing (other than to perhaps make you wet if it broke on impact! ).
So weird--I always land on my hiney or back... I guess gravity works =D
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So weird--I always land on my hiney or back... I guess gravity works =D
The last time I went flying I imagined I looked like a sloppy version of superman, lol. I was bailing and being sent at the same time and landed on my pelvis/hip area...then bounced and hit my cheek bone (I always wear a helmet and it saved me from breaking it, but left a golfball sized lump and ended up with a very large black eye, lol.
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I always seem to land on my stomach or my side. Never landed on my back. I've wanted to get a camel back as well, because of the surplus bottles I need to carry. Bottles for me, bottles for the horse...
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