Originally Posted by hberrie
Its lbs not miles--- I would love to go camping with you!!!
I hear that at times
. If you've never done it (with your horse) I'd strongly suggest you try a couple of practice nights at or near home if you have the area available. For many (ok, most) people it's one of those things that sounds fun, but when they actually get down to what it will require and how little they'll be getting by on they tend to rethink actually doing it.
There are not a lot of creature comforts
like most people enjoy with trailer camping. There are the required items like a well fitting saddle, good saddle blanket, cord for high lining, colapsable bucket, heavy duty trash bag for copra horse feed, enough hay to provide some evening fodder (experimenting with cubes),small brush, hoof pick, hoof knife, travel rasp (obviously my horses are unshod), med kit (for equine and human), canteen. Notice that none of my required items have anything to do with the rider except part of the med kit and canteen.
Recommended items like a bitless bridle/halter combo (one items serves dual purpose and makes grazing easier doing breaks), using a folded wool blanket vs a pad (rider can use it at night if you don't mind horse sweat
), full size poncho (military is good, multiple uses), multi tool (wish those had been around 35+ years ago), good walking footware (something you can walk all day in), sunblock, repair kit, small/compact entrenching tool (today you can find smaller ones that the military uses), cell phone (and hope you have signal if you need it), lighter (matches can be less reliable), good working gloves.
The basic comfort items
: tent, change of clothing, wide brimmed hat, food (MRE's are light and easy to pack out the waste for disposal), extra hay and feed to lengthen time between resupply, small and light weight cook pot, and anything else you might like if the overall weight stays low.
You start the day by feeding/watering the horses, eating something, break human camp and pack up the gear, insuring that area looks as understurbed as possible from the camp, area permitting take the horse(s) out to graze for an hour or two, kick around the manure to spead it out as much as possible for decomposition, check feet, saddle and load the horse(s), final check of area and start out leading the horse for about a mile, mounting up and ride until around mid day, take break someplace where horse(s) can graze (about 2 hours), you eat while letting them graze or save it until you start out again, lead about a mile and mount up, ride until about 3 hours before dark (leading some if it's a long day). Stop to set up camp, unload/unsaddle horse(s), check feet and take grazing, set up high line, do feeding, unpack and set up rider's camp, fix/eat supper, check horse(s), retire for evening. Get up the next morning and repeat
That's a bit simplified, but you get the idea. It's not for everyone. Often just the idea of using "cat holes" is enough to change some peoples mind
. Some people do enjoy it and some people would rather not
. I certainly encourage anyone who wants to do it to practice it some and find out if they like it. It's unlike anything else you'll do with your horse, but you do need to train and condition your horse before you do it, so trying it out first is a good thing to do before spending all the time to condition and prepare your horse (it also gives you a grasp of what you really want to have and what you can do without). If you like it then make the most of it.