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        12-15-2009, 11:42 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    Wow. I would freak if I found myself in a pit with rats!! When I ride alone I normally take my cell phone and a knife with me. If I'm riding in an area close to houses I may also take pepper spray.

    I let someone know where I am going, and they will call me periodically to be sure I am still ok if I'm out for very long. I also try to make sure my horse is as solid as possible, but I have found my old horse was more solid alone than when we had company. I hope that I never get in a really bad situation out there, but if it happens it happens. I will just be as prepared as I can.
         
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        12-15-2009, 11:48 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Ok, I admit this is a really dumb question. But, what would you use a pocket knife for? I know - cutting things - but what else in an emergency situation? I am envisioning having to cut off my own leg or something....
         
        12-15-2009, 11:51 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    I would think more for if mine or my horse's foot got caught or if something broke and I needed to cut a new piece fo something to fix a bridle, piece on a saddle, etc. (I keep extra leather bands with me) I'm trying to think of other things I could need it for, but I can't get anything else at the moment...lol. :)
         
        12-15-2009, 12:26 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    If I have a horse that is more likely than most to do something that may cause me harm I won't work it without someone at least checking on me if not actually watching me.
    I do the same. At the start of the riding season hubby's horse can be a handful. I usually wait for him to be home before I ride the first couple of times. I always wear a helmet and our ring is along side a fairly busy road, so I like to think a neighbour would stop.......
         
        12-15-2009, 12:45 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aynelson    
    Ok, I admit this is a really dumb question. But, what would you use a pocket knife for? I know - cutting things - but what else in an emergency situation? I am envisioning having to cut off my own leg or something....
    If a horse was stuck on top of me I could cut the cinches so the horse may get up. I have had to cut lead ropes and bridle reins and tree branches. I don't think I could cut off my own leg with my little pocket knife. It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
         
        12-15-2009, 12:56 PM
      #16
    Started
    That would take a while to cut your leg off with a swiss army knife. Hehe. I don't ride my mare alone, ever she's a nut. A girl was killed at the barn where I first started riding. She was on a pretty quiet horse, in the back arena mounting or something. She fell, hit her head and died not soon after. There were alot of people there at the time. Accidents happen regardless, and they are usually flukes. I never climb into the top of the barn, were the straw is, unless there is someone there with me. If I fall and break my legs I could be there till the next morning waiting for someone to find me. What if I landed on my phone and broke it?
         
        12-15-2009, 12:56 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    ^ I agree Kevin. :) I never thought of a cinch if a hrose was on top of me, but htat could be very important if you were stuck in a ditch or ravine. I would rather have extra safetly tools.

    On long trails my mom always wears a hilarious little fanny pack with all kinds of things for in case something happens. After a horse got an abcess on a trail that includes feminine napkins and duct tape. :) Our vet said if a horse is not lame and has an abcess you could apply that to keep it clean until you get back to camp. I should probably take that little thing with me when I go for rides alone, but that is one thing I have never been able to ride with comfortably. I keep similar items in saddle bags on trails where it would be more difficult for people to get to me.
         
        12-15-2009, 01:05 PM
      #18
    Banned
    I ride alone all the time and perfer it that way. I don't carry a phone and no one knows where I am. I don't often know until I get there
    I don't worry about it. What is going to happen happens and I will deal with it then.

    I have had many a horse go down, one landed on my leg hard and I thought it was broken but it was not and I managed to once again crawl on the horse. I have long 7 foot split reins, heavy duty and when the horse goes down I make sure I roll clear and keep a tight hold on one rein. That plus my horses are taught ground tying.

    No in 51 years of riding so far I have needed no one to come to my rescue for anything.
         
        12-15-2009, 01:07 PM
      #19
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    If a horse was stuck on top of me I could cut the cinches so the horse may get up. .
    On the saddle I carry a real good sharp knife, a good pair of wire cutters and 10 feet of rope. My emergency kit of sorts.
         
        12-15-2009, 01:10 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Great advice everyone! I am going to ask for a Swiss Army Knife for Christmas. A trail first aid kit is a great idea! I take one with me hiking, why don't I take one during a trail ride?
         

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