Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
There isn't any "necessary" tack. I've seen people ride with English saddles, western saddles, Aussie saddles and even bareback.
Some things you may want to take with are water, a compass and map or GPS, pocket knife or utility tool, hoof pick, sunscreen, and bug spray for you and your horse.
There shouldn't be much conditioning needed unless your horse isn't used to being rode or if you are planning for an all day ride. Just take things nice and easy for the first few times.
As for training, your horse should have the basic controls understood, like turning, stopping, etc. For desensitizing, that depends on where you plan to ride. I think there is a sticky thread about desensitizing.
Finding others to ride with shouldn't be too hard. Ask around at barns or put an ad in a local paper or website like craigslist.
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