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        06-10-2012, 06:18 PM
    Well we hauled out friday. And it stormed all day. Si we didnt get to ride. But we got in a 3 hour ride yesterday, a 2 hour ride last night and a 5 hour ride today. It was hot. But the horses did fine as we just walked and did a little trotting. Now they are home happy in their pasture, and im enjoying my a/c in the 101 degree weather.
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        06-10-2012, 06:57 PM
    We used to camp with our horses all the time. Usually it was for at least a week, probably five or six times a year. Man I miss it!
    We now live where we camped so there really isn't a reason to pack up. I don't think there's a better way to bond and train a horse than taking them out in BFE and roughin it! We live too far out to meet people that ride, wish we had more groups like yours QOS!

    Glad you had a good trip Cowgirl!
        06-10-2012, 08:42 PM
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    Flygap, I was introduced to the group through my barn manager! We went up to join a trail ride almost 3 years ago. My barn manager, the assistant barn manager and another boarder went too. I met my cousin on that ride (knew of her, knew her dad and grandmother well but not her!) and now we ride together all the time. Funny thing is I grew up in the same neighborhood as her hubby. I met all of their group and they are super nice people and fun to ride with. A good group is hard to come by!!!
        06-10-2012, 09:49 PM
    That's awesome!
    I do know a group of ladies that ride near here but they all ride TWH but I'm really not into those. My vets assistant keeps inviting me so I'll have to give it a go and see if Rick can keep up, probably not from what she says. They really like to march...
    We'll find some somewhere. The best trailhead around is practically at the end of my driveway, always a few trailers parked down there on the weekends. I've almost jumped on the horses several times just to track someone down and say hi! Lol!!
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        06-15-2012, 10:16 AM
    When you guys say camping do you mean carrying a tent and camping on the trail or do you have a permanent site. I would absolutely love to camp with my horse but I don't have a trailer and the closest place I could go is 2 and half hours away :(.
        06-16-2012, 01:50 AM
    My favorite past time is horse camping. I started with a tent and just got myself a 2H LQ . I have gone twice now with my LQ and boy is that traveling in style !

    I also love spending time with my horse. Have met some wonderful people and have seen some beautiful country. I told my kids now that I have a LQ , if they can't find me , I am a camp host at a Park !
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        06-16-2012, 02:58 AM
    Originally Posted by hberrie    
    When you guys say camping do you mean carrying a tent and camping on the trail or do you have a permanent site. I would absolutely love to camp with my horse but I don't have a trailer and the closest place I could go is 2 and half hours away :(.
    Obviously I can't say about your area, but I've never used a trailer to camp with any of my horses. Since most of the area is rural country I'd just ride and camp for the night where I could get permission at a good location. Some times I would camp at a place I'd camped before, but it wasn't always the case.

    For me camping means a tent, highline, etc...
    When I first did it (to many decades ago while I was a teenager) I just took a change of clothing, military entrenching tool, some food, rifle or shotgun w/ammo, and small items like a lighter, small light weight pot, canteen, etc... Most of it rolled up like a bedroll in a large ground cloth that served as a tent if it rained. Used a folded up wool blanket that served as both saddle blanket and bedding.

    I'm not as tough today . Now I take an actual tent, MRE's, and some additional small creature comforts. Pack horse is nice to have for the extras. Have better horse feed for taking along today than I did over 35 years ago. Lighter and more compact gear is more readily available. I picked up larger horses with heavier cannon bones so that I can carry more and still keep the weight at about 20% of the horse's weight.
        06-16-2012, 09:19 AM
    Camping sounds like fun. A few of my friends did it last year but my horse was in no way ready to tackle that obstacle. Maybe this year he will be. I went along to help set up camp and then left them to it.
        06-16-2012, 11:04 PM
    Its lbs not miles--- I would love to go camping with you!!!
        06-17-2012, 12:52 AM
    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.
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