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    12-15-2009, 01:13 PM
Originally Posted by aynelson    
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?
The sad part is that mine is more for horses than I figure its easier to get back out if I can keep my horse patched up. I haven't needed a rescue yet, but if I ever did I would like to be able to get it. I've been lucky that I haven't. We've been shot at (they thought we were deer), chased by dogs, honked at by semis, and had deer and birds pop out. I was lucky to be on a good horse who onlly reacted with a 3 step bolt and then stopped as soon as he hit the bit.
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    12-15-2009, 03:40 PM
I always trail ride with a medical kit, and, like SmoothTrails, mine is more geared toward horses. Their stuff'll work on me just fine in a pinch. ;) I carry the sanitary pads, too! They are sterile until opened. When I ride out around the neighborhood by myself I always carry my cell phone and a knife is a real good idea--I will start carrying one of those, too (always do, on the trail).
    12-15-2009, 04:06 PM
I usually ride alone, because there isnt alot of horsie friends I can ride with that are close to me.
I don't carry anything with me lol, but I usually am riding in the same area, my back yard ( I live on 34.5 acres, and im usually on the same trail ) or in the hay field next door when it is empty.
I've had one accident with were I was riding down a gravel road, with pepper the very unbroke, green horse who did pretty good. But her trot is very bouncy and the saddle cinch broke, my right stirrup, and we were galloping, so off I fell and she was running off because the saddle was draggin on the ground, and I was chasing her amile. So I got to walk avery long time, ALOT of mile's picking up the saddle every now and again which I put on her back, and the wind kept blowing it over to bring it home. It was a crap saddle but I managed to pull a few people over to use the cellphone and my dad came and found me.
That very day, I had to ride home again with pepper on the highway. Glad she doesnt spook with cars lol and we had a dog chase us, not get home till midnight because coyote's were out and I was freaking out and I got someone to pull over and get their trailer !
Ugh, that was a heck of a day and I hope I never have to go through it again lol.

Sorry for the novel :)
    12-15-2009, 05:27 PM
You could make a plan with someone you know. Tell them where you are going and how long you are going to be. You could tell them "if I don't call or text you at such and such a time, please come check on me".

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