Carrying people water and other things you want on your person
Just curious what other people do.
I started carrying my Camelbak (off brand, but works the same) when I go on rides longer than a few minutes. I've found over the years that I need a pretty constant influx of quite a bit of water and the Camelbak is the most convenient way I've found to get a sip while riding.
The pack also has enough room for extra gloves, a light jacket, snacks, GPS, Spot emergency locator, and a few other odds and ends that I want with ME, not just on the horse. If I get tossed and Mr. Big decides to meet me in the next county, there are a few things I want with me, not him!
I've tried the water bottle in the pommel bag routine and it didn't work very well for me--although it'd probably work better now that I'm more comfortable sitting the horse! But that doesn't solve the problem of other stuff I want with me, anyway.
I have a leather bottle holder that hangs off my rope strap. Holds a water bottle of the style you see bikers have on their road bikes. It hangs down right in front of my left leg but does not interfere with my leg. I always have it with me as I seem to get thirsty while riding. I will try to get a pic up for you later but again, my photo hosting web site is down.
Water bottle (s) go in my pommel bags. I tried the Camelbak rig and didn't like it, left like it caused my balance to shift.
For the items that I keep on my person (cell phone, E-kit, etc) I use my fly fishing vest, lots of pockets for lots O' things. The vest is light weight and also fits well under a jacket.
I have a safari style vest I'm going to try this summer. It has gobs of pockets, but won't work well under a jacket. Hadn't thought about a fly fishing vest.
I used a flight vest with a built in camelbak style carrier on my ATV. I think it'd be pretty hot for riding a horse, but might work in milder weather.
I have just started using my camelbak on rides too. I really like it though I am not completely comfortable with it as yet but I figure that the more I use it the more normal it will come to feel. I started using my camelbak because I can not for the life of me find my saddle bags - buggered if I know where they have got to. But the bonus of my camelbak is that I can carry the stuff that I want to with no hassle whereas with my saddle bags I had to stuff them with newspaper to stop my stuff rattling around in them. With my camelbak I can carry 2 litres of water, cell phone, lunch, sunscreen, chapstick, smokes and a lighter all very conveniently. And also I like having them on me rather than the horse too, certainly safer if I come off and am hurt.
Here is the water bottle holder I use for drinking from the saddle. If I need to carry more I put it in my cantle bag. I also carry a machete for the brush and blow downs that come down on the trail.
Water bottle holder
Machete and gps watch on saddlebag.
Nice lookin' rig, Nokota! I like the blanket, especially!
Thanks, My wife bought me the blanket for my birthday when we were at the Equine Affaire in Ohio. It was a great opportunity, I got to search the whole trade show to find the one I wanted. It has really held up well. I use a double diamond wool pad underneath it.
Someday I hope to get tacked out in nice leather everything. Right now I just don't have time to take proper care of leather anything so I'm mostly synthetic. It works, it's comfortable, and it doesn't look TOO bad for "today's society"--but a nice, natural, look is SO much better!
Since I knew I would be getting a big horse (Mr. Big is 16.3 hh and 1350 pounds) I figured I'd have trouble finding a saddle that fits. So I got a treeless that I really like--but it just don't got no eye appeal, if you know what I mean. And my "luggage" is really user friendly and perfect for what I need to carry--but it's hunter orange (great for visibility when idiots have rifles!) and looks like Hades on a death march.
But it all works, works well, and is comfortable for both horse and rider.
But, someday . . .
I do keep my cell phone attached to me, but I always worry that if I were to fall off and land on it, it would be crushed. Does anyone have a good way to protect the phone?
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