I will be going on overnight trips this summer and I want to get ready for all the things that I will need. I will have a trailer and truck - I'm looking at portable electric fence - any suggestions? What else do I need? I realize this is a very basic question. I just got back into horses a year ago and am a little rusty.
Any ideas/suggestions - I'm all ears.
I am an avid camper (both tent and camper), so I have one HUGE question.
1 - Tent, camper, bunkhouse, on the open ground (ick) in your car. Where are you planning on sleeping?
That will determine a LOT. Are you traveling with a group or organization? They may have a list of what you need. Some will provide the common needs.
If you are tent camping, you need the tent,
cot/air matress something (the ground is hard)
Hammer with the nail puller endy.
Extra tent stakes
Tarps (all tents leak. Repeat everytime you think you won't need tarps)
cooking utensils (pots, pans, pot holders, basically, take your kitchen.) If you are camping where there is electricity - PACK THE APPLIANCES. I would take my favorite electric skillet tent camping, which served as a griddle. It is an all purpose appliance and small. COFFEE POT.
Don't forget the extension cords.
fire starter starters
propane match sticks.
propane and my portable bbq grill.
toweling (body and dish)
first aid kit
after sun or aloe (you will burn)
calomine lotion (for bug bites)
a good sheathed knife or a heavy duty pocket knife.
Look at all your stuff. If it has a bolt or screw, take the appropriate tools.
get the point. if you can pack it - take it. I bought some nice bins with lids and kept my camping stuff organized in them when I was a tent camper. they stack nicely and are waterproof.
I tent camped by myself anywhere from 1 to 7 nights. I like comfort and I hate being caught off guard. So, I don't mind carrying stuff for comfort and to be prepared for when Murphy visits.
Now I have a 26 foot travel trailer. It is a second house on wheels. Immense comfort where ever I go and I don't have to unpack anything.
For your horse:
Obviously, grooming tools. If you blanket or use a cooler, bring that too.
equine bug spray
first aid kit (you can share one with your horse, but have equine approved products included)
COGGINS. Where I ride, I must show a negative coggins.
BEFORE you travel, look up the nearest large animal vet and document the phone number. Last thing you want in an emergency is to have to find a phone number. Check that you will even have cell service if you are going somewhere new. Same with Farrier. Just in case.
Saddle/Tack repair kit or spare tack.
Hay/grain and appropriate buckets your horse needs to stay fed and watered.
toweling for your horse.
Your horse should have minimal needs. If your trailer has a nice area for storage, considering buying two of the grooming tools and buckets/bags. (Bins work nicely here also) You can leave them permanently in the trailer for when you travel. It makes it easier to get up and go and you are less likely to forget something.
Report back more details of what you are expecting to do!