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post #1 of 3 Old 09-03-2008, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Horse Camping Questions

I'm an avid camper and an avid horse rider. I've never combined the two. I'd like to start, but don't know if people use tents? Sleep in the trailers? What things should I remember to bring for my horse? I'd be very grateful for any advice...

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post #2 of 3 Old 09-03-2008, 12:08 PM
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when we go camping we take portable horse yards. we buy them from produce supplies places here but im not sure where you would get them from where you live.

we generally take a tent for ourselves. its more comfortable that way because we take the dogs with us and if we slept in the float or car we would have very little room. we have a large tent because my hubby is tall and we have 3 dogs so space is essential. if its summer though we sleep under the stars and so do the dogs. half the time they knick off at random times during the night but they arent the kind of dogs that will wander too far from mum and dad :)

make sure you take food and water. not all camp sites have their own water supply (here anyways) and their feed/water bowls. i try to take a little mollasses as well as some horses wont drink when they are away from home. mollasses often encourages them :)

also make sure you take all the tack you will need plus spares of anything if you have them. and a first aid kit for you and horsey. plus an extra rug for the horses. its amazing how much lower in temp the nights get when you are away from town.

theres probably other stuff but its 2am here and i cant think anymore lol

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-03-2008, 03:25 PM
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We sleep in our trailer, its has a very small LQ with bunk beds
We started out in tents, then went to a SUV and slept in the back then to a truck bed camper then the trailer Kinda worked our way up.
Take enough hay to get you through the length of time you will be gone. I find hay bag work best for feeding. Plus enough of whatever other feed they are used to, you will need a bucket or feed bag for that.
We take a muck bucket for their water and then use it when we are cleaning out the manure from the camp site. Most places want you to clean out the manure when you leave, at least spread it around. Take a manure or pitch fork with you.
Check before you leave if the area requires a neg. coggins. If they do make sure you have your paperwork with you. I keep ours in the trailer so its always with us.
Make sure you have the equipment to change a tire on your trailer
Thats another subject but figured I'd throw it in.

We take a long length of rope and "high line" the horses. You dont need anything fancy just good strong rope and a couple of old cinches to wrap around the trees. We leave them out all day and then back in the trailer at night. We could leave them out all night, but I would worry and not be able to sleep
heres a pic of the set up we use.

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