GPS your horse on the trail
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Trail Riding

GPS your horse on the trail

This is a discussion on GPS your horse on the trail within the Trail Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Gps for horseback trail riding
  • Rigging a gps for an endurance horse

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-16-2013, 04:14 PM
  #1
Foal
Unhappy GPS your horse on the trail

Hello to all - I am new to the group.

I have recently been asked to re-post 3 Facebook statuses involving lost horses. Two have gone missing from pastures near our farm, one (incredibly!) bolted off at a horse show and can't be found, and two more were on a campground trail and spooked, bolted,dumped their riders, and ran off in full tack. This last case came to a tragic end when after 3 weeks of organized search parties and rewards offered a tracker was hired and they were both found not far from where they ran off. The whole thing terrifies me. I took it REALLY hard when those horses were found dead.
Of course, this all brings up the thought, "that could have been me!"
Some of us had the idea that an old cell phone could be charged and turned on when you are on the trail and attached to the horse (or in a saddle bag). If the unthinkable happened, the phone could be activated and the horses could be tracked by GPS. What do you think? Are the other devices out there that would do this?
Lisa - at Montgomery Farm
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    07-16-2013, 05:19 PM
  #2
Weanling
You could place a spot locator in a saddle bag. They're specifically meant to aid in search and rescue for people hiking/camping/etc. All I do is place a tag with my name and phone number on my horse, but I guess that assumes someone sees her before anything bad happens. :(
     
    07-16-2013, 05:53 PM
  #3
Green Broke
There are tracking devices that are used on dogs. You attach them to the dogs collar. Instead, you could attach it to the horse or saddle.

At least with our horses, they either stay in the area or return to the trailer. They go to where they know it is safe.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    07-16-2013, 10:18 PM
  #4
Weanling
This may have been covered elsewhere on the forum before (i haven't searched for it), but what about microchipping your horses? I know with cats and dogs it is very commonplace to get them microchipped (our dog has one).

What about a bit larger one for horses or other livestock that allows for gps searching in conjunction with the scanning at a vet office? This way you'd have less worry about a horse with no tack or halter on not being found. I'm sure the technology is available, the only issue may be battery life in something like that though.
     
    07-16-2013, 10:41 PM
  #5
Foal
I like the idea of putting a tracker on the saddle. I wonder about doing so on the bridle as well. Hopefully it would help find the horse, but just in case the horse is found with no tack on, you might be able to track down the tack thief.
     
    07-17-2013, 01:19 AM
  #6
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by usandpets    
There are tracking devices that are used on dogs. You attach them to the dogs collar. Instead, you could attach it to the horse or saddle.
The one I have (Garmin Astro) works by a radio beacon on the dog unit (that is, the dog unit receives GPS position, and radios it to your base unit). It doesn't work too well if there are hills &c between you and the dog.

There's another recent thread about using cell phones. Should work if the phone has GPS, and you're in an area with cell phone service (not true of most places I ride).
     
    07-17-2013, 08:54 AM
  #7
Trained
There's the spot locator and the Tagg locator that I know of meant for animals. I don't know anything about spot. Tagg is $100 for equipment and 3 months of service then its $8/month. The problem with Tagg is that it requires a docking station and all that. Not practical.

Obviously you don't want to leave your cell phone on your horse. I made a thread about a pay as you go phone and leaving that on the horse so you could then use an app to find the phone and thus the horse. I haven't been out to Walmart yet but there are very cheap phones that may work well for this.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    07-17-2013, 09:47 AM
  #8
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesqf    
The one I have (Garmin Astro) works by a radio beacon on the dog unit (that is, the dog unit receives GPS position, and radios it to your base unit). It doesn't work too well if there are hills &c between you and the dog.

There's another recent thread about using cell phones. Should work if the phone has GPS, and you're in an area with cell phone service (not true of most places I ride).
I use the Garmin Astro 320 with DC 40 collar on my beagles when I run them. It works good for that, and I've never lost my dogs.

Talking with Hunters that are runnin coyotes with BIG RUNNING hounds it seems everyone gets around 2 miles in fair conditions. That's here in Eastern PA where everything'a one big rolling hill. Lol. That's also with the longer 9 mile or truck antennas.
     
    07-17-2013, 10:35 AM
  #9
Yearling
We can prepare for things that might happen. But we will never prepare for every possibility. If you keep adding safety items to your saddle, pretty soon you have no room for lunch.

I've never lost a horse, Nobody I've every ridden with has ever lost a horse. I have had friends that had horses run off and had to be followed and retrieved. But it has never been a really serious problem.

I had a friends horse die from a ruptured aorta, I've seen a horse die from colic at competitive trail ride. So an surprise death seems more of concern than a lost horse. But we can stop everything from happening.

We use common sense, train our horses the best we can and hope all will work out. I've been fortunate, that my horses, even when loose will return to me. Now granted they have never been seriously frightened while loose. But I frequently turn them loose on the mountain to graze or go get water.

I took this photo of my loose mare as I went to collect her. You can see our campers up in the trees. She had been out grazing and was rolling as I approached her.


And my gelding out in a meadow getting a drink. Maybe I'm too trusting.
     
    07-17-2013, 04:17 PM
  #10
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lopin N Paint    
Talking with Hunters that are runnin coyotes with BIG RUNNING hounds it seems everyone gets around 2 miles in fair conditions. That's here in Eastern PA where everything'a one big rolling hill. Lol. That's also with the longer 9 mile or truck antennas.
But I'm in the Sierra Nevada, where "rolling" is not exactly the right word to use And I was also just using the hand unit, as the dog & I were out hiking. As I said, you pretty much have to try whatever, and see if it works in your conditions.
     

Tags
horse gps, lost horses, trail riding, trail riding buddy

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GPS Wrist Watches for Trail/Endurance Houston Endurance Riding 3 03-10-2013 02:46 PM
GPS systems? DancingArabian Trail Riding 8 04-23-2012 09:56 PM
Your favorite GPS for the trail grayshell38 Trail Riding 86 02-16-2012 07:34 PM
Would you GPS or RFID your horse? twogeldings Horse Talk 5 08-16-2010 11:48 AM
Gps? rtdonell Trail Riding 2 06-03-2010 01:16 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:00 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0