What to pack on short rides?
Hi! I'm new to the forum. I'm also new to distance riding. I've had my arab mare for a few years but just lately started officially conditioning for distance. There are a few issues for us as far as getting up to a 25 mile ride, mainly her age (18) and us not having a trailer. :P But I figure that we'll do the best we can and see where we can go. :)
So I have a pretty good tack setup...comfy saddle, breastplate, roomy cantle bag, etc. but I'm not sure what I should be packing for my rides. Right now I bring a bite and sting kit (we're in rattlesnake country), pocket knife, small 'human' first aid kit, lead rope, fly spray, and a pear/carrots/something that my horse and I can both eat. I also carry my phone in a case attached to my belt. Right now, we ride 4-5 miles on the trails and roads behind our property. Does this sound like adequate packing, or are there other things I should bring? (I'm trying to find a water bottle that fits in my bag without leaking.)