I am leading a photo workshop in the desert north of Phoenix in a couple of weeks and I am getting back in the saddle (hard to ride too much in frigid SD in the winter) and I think I over did it. 3 hours on Saturday and 6 hours yesterday...I am Sooo sore...better now than in two weeks I guess.
Anyway, on to my question. We are using horses as transportation for this workshop (using an experienced outfitter who is providing camp and the horses etc., I am just teaching photo instruction) and we will be able to get quite a ways into the backcountry much easier than on foot. I do this alot but normally in the prairie or the mountains and my question to those who ride routinely in the desert...what are the biggest things I need to watch for? I have chaps for thorns, good boots, I have an on horse water system (camelback), gloves etc. anything I am missing of major importance that maybe I am not thinking of?
Any ideas you can provide would be most appreciated, I think I have it covered but really want to see if there is some great ideas out there that I am missing out on or not thinking of! It is 25 degrees here today, white out conditions with wind in the 50MPH range...the desert is sounding kind of nice. Thanks for the help!