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post #1 of 75 Old 01-01-2012, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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The handiest thing you can have when you're riding

Other than a nice broke horse, I think the most important thing you can have on a ride is a rope. Of course this is mainly for western riders that have a saddle they can do at least a little pulling with. I always carry a rope, even if I don't need to rope a cow.

Here's some things I've used a rope for on a trail ride:

-Pull fallen trees off the trail
-Extract stuck horses out of the mud, sandy creek, etc.
-Spank a dog that wants to chase horses. (or rope the dog and give it a good lesson)
-Use your rope to pull or help encourage a reluctant horse across a ditch or other obstacle.
- Sometimes we take turns following each other and roping horse's hind feet. That way, if that horse ever gets a leg hung in a fence, he won't panick and shred his legs

So what's your favorite thing to have on a ride?

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post #2 of 75 Old 01-01-2012, 12:38 PM
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^^^ same...and a sharp knife. I always have matches in my coat pocket too.
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Aaaahhh yes, the sharp knife. I used to carry a pocket knife, and I still do, but with leggins I don't feel like I could get to it fast enough, so I carry one on my belt too.

Matches is a great one!

A multi-tool (little pliers with screwdrivers and knife and stuff) is handy too. I gotta get a new one because a colt bucked all the change out of my vest pockets and my multi-tool went too. Never found it
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A multi tool is handy! Especially if you have to cut a hole or mend one in a fence.
my husband makes these little sheaths for pocket knives that have a leather thong that attaches to your belt loop. You can stick it in your pocket or leave it out so if you have your chink,a,deros on you can get to it quick...especially cuttin nuts and marking ears.

I have lost more crap out of my pockets than I can list, however if its because something bucked with me everything is pretty close to where I fell off..tee he
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You're cellphonee! I always have my phone with me....but it's because I'm a teenager and text a lot lol. But I have one of those bands that go around the leg that your phone goes into.

And I always have my chapstick
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Common sense. ;)
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post #7 of 75 Old 01-01-2012, 05:57 PM
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Other than a nice broke horse, I think the most important thing you can have on a ride is a rope. Of course this is mainly for western riders that have a saddle they can do at least a little pulling with.
You can pull things with an without a western saddle, you just have to get more creative!

I love the idea of roping a dog to teach it a lesson! My roping skills would need to increase a lot for that to be an option for me, however.

I carry what to most would seem like a crazy assortment of stuff on trail, but it all packs nicely into my saddlebags. I think the thing I use the most would be my camera!
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post #8 of 75 Old 01-01-2012, 07:58 PM
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I always take my GPS for marking the trail! Camera, phone, my new pink knife. My riding buddy cousin gave me the knife for Christmas. It comes in handy in case of a problem. I used to scuba dive (aaaahhhhh that is a blast!!) and you NEVER dive without a knife. It is a must have but my dive knife is a little large to strap on!!!

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GPS, cell phone, jacket/rain gear, some way of tying up my horse, snacks, water, camera, rope for tying on elk/deer heads. I think that about covers it.

Oh yeah and my Easyboots! (the horses are barefoot)
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post #10 of 75 Old 01-02-2012, 02:19 AM
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A comfy saddle and a crop! Haha. My horse is pretty perfect on trails But if there are cows around, or she can hear them, watch out! She hates cows....

The well-known saying “chestnut mare, beware!” is not completely without foundation. Some go further and add “chestnut Thoroughbred mare, beware!”
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