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    06-28-2011, 09:11 AM
  #1
Weanling
Horse camping

My barn friends are planning a camping trip at the beginning of October in a local state park. We're going to rent the camping spot and the woman organizing it told me I am welcome to bring Phoenix as she is taking her horse. I know a few of the other women are taking their horses too and I would really like to take my big boy.

They all recently did a camping/trail clinic which I unfortunately couldn't afford to attend, but I know they will help me and give me advice for tying my horse and such. I'm planning on taking Phoenix on a couple of trail rides to get him a bit more used to the process of loading up and going out and working away from the barn and my friend has offered to take him out in her trailer.

I'm pretty excited about the whole thing but i'm not sure what to expect. So, does anyone have any good/bad stories from camping with their horse?

Also, possibly a list of things I should consider taking would be really helpful so I can start gathering things together.
     
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    06-28-2011, 09:48 AM
  #2
Weanling
The only bit of information I can add is review the park's rules on feed. The state parks in Tennessee have a 'no whole grain feed' policy to reduce the introduction of non-native plants to the area. These parks ask that pellet feed be used.

I'm envious. I can't wait to trail ride but my boy needs a lengthy visit with a trainer. Enjoy!
     
    06-28-2011, 09:55 AM
  #3
Weanling
Luckily my horse doesn't get any grain. He only gets a multivitamin supplement as he has a tendency to be porky. I'll get everyone else taking a horse to check though. Thanks. I can't wait.
     
    06-28-2011, 11:15 AM
  #4
Yearling
Camping is all I do with my horses and I think they truely are more of a tourist than I am. They enjoy being away from home, Seeing new trails and EATING all the new grasses. Your horse will adapt just fine. Don't over think this. Horse in nature are on a permanent camp out.

Advice.

Take more feed than you would give at home. Horses get bored while tied up and letting the chew on something helps with the boredom. Plus if they are working hard, they can use the extra calories.

Make sure your horse stays hydrated. Give them ample opportunity to drink. Both in camp and along the trail.

You may not allow your horse to graze while under saddle at home. But on a 8 hour trail ride. A little grazing along the way helps to keep the gut moving and hydrated. Give your horse a few chances to graze during the day. During lunch, during rest stops, during photo ops. I even take hobbles with me. I hobble the horses and let them graze while I eat lunch. Or you may just elad them around by their lead rope and watch them graze.

Tying. In camp you must find a way to contain your horse. If the camp ground you attend doesn't have corrals, that means, tying to the trailer or hiline or some stationary object. Make sure you tie them up short enough that they can't get a leg over the lead and get rope burn. But I like to tie them long enough to get their nose to the ground to pick up hay or drink from a bucket.

I never grain my horses. But I do take a little grain with me on camp outs. When ever I collect my horses ( when grazing on hobbles etc) I take a few cups of grain with me and give the horse. My horses learn that I give treats when they come to me in the mountains. So if they ever get loose, I know I can rattle the grain can or feed bag and they will come running. I find this is important when I'm in an area like Yellowstone that is 25% of the state of Wyoming with out a fence.

Horses on multiday trail rides may get sore. So just check them each day for soreness or stiffness. All trail horses get a few "Rock Bites" on their pasterns. I keep something to clean and wash them out.

But in general just go and have fun.
     
    06-28-2011, 11:27 AM
  #5
Weanling
My horse wears a bit, i'm planning on leaving his halter on over his bridle when on trail, last time I was on trail he would snatch bits of tree as we were walking past so i'm sure he'll do it this time around. I'll make sure to take a little grain to mix with his supplement.

Luckily I think there's a stream and I know there's a big lake where we're going, so he can drink from that while we're out.

I think at the camp ground there are places to set up hi-lines, the girls i'm going with have all dealt with it before so they can help me tie him correctly.

I was planning on taking a first aid kit and some things to clean off wounds/scrapes with so that should cover most things.

Thanks.
     
    06-28-2011, 11:48 AM
  #6
Weanling
I second everything PaintedHorse said. (Have you seen any of his pics?? Totally jealous!! He's a trail expert!!)

I would add to his comment about horses getting sore, take Absorbine vet liniment and some gall salve, just in case.
If your horse is in shoes, make sure to take pair of boots just in case you lose a shoe! EasyBoot Glove is a great temp solution.

Here is a link if you haven't used them before:
The Easyboot Glove | The Ultimate Horse Hoof Boot | EasyCare Inc.

HAVE FUN!!!!
     
    06-28-2011, 11:56 AM
  #7
Banned
Bring extra of everything. Extra halters, extra leads, extra hay, extra buckets.
     
    06-28-2011, 12:13 PM
  #8
Yearling
Extra cinch, extra latigo, extra reins, duct tape. You might want to use a breast collar if you haven't before especially if you are doing lots of hills. Poncho (in case of rain). Sunscreen! Bug spray! Keep your cell phone on your body not in a saddle bag. If you get separated from your horse, he can't make a call. LOL

Have Fun!
     
    06-28-2011, 12:43 PM
  #9
Banned
Since this is your first time doing this and you do not know how your will react I suggest braiding some form of ID into your horse's mane. Name and contact information, etc. This way if your horse gets loose you can be contacted when someone finds him.
     
    06-28-2011, 01:16 PM
  #10
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by heartprints62    
I second everything PaintedHorse said. (Have you seen any of his pics?? Totally jealous!! He's a trail expert!!)

I would add to his comment about horses getting sore, take Absorbine vet liniment and some gall salve, just in case.
If your horse is in shoes, make sure to take pair of boots just in case you lose a shoe! EasyBoot Glove is a great temp solution.

Here is a link if you haven't used them before:
The Easyboot Glove | The Ultimate Horse Hoof Boot | EasyCare Inc.

HAVE FUN!!!!
I'll take a look at his photos.

My horse is barefoot, i'll make sure to check for stone bruises and i'll take a hoofpick on trail with me. He's a mustang with pretty sturdy feet.

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Bring extra of everything. Extra halters, extra leads, extra hay, extra buckets.
Extra everything. Got it!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sahara    
extra cinch, extra latigo, extra reins, duct tape. You might want to use a breast collar if you haven't before especially if you are doing lots of hills. Poncho (in case of rain). Sunscreen! Bug spray! Keep your cell phone on your body not in a saddle bag. If you get separated from your horse, he can't make a call. LOL

Have Fun!
I'll be riding in my dressage saddle, I don't have a breast collar but I could probably get something like a jumping breastplate and use that with my saddle. I'd feel more secure if I knew his saddle wouldn't slip back when he gets sweaty.

I'll get a poncho. I need a cell phone holder that I can attach to me, but if phoenix could make phone calls that would be a real help.

Thanks

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Since this is your first time doing this and you do not know how your will react I suggest braiding some form of ID into your horse's mane. Name and contact information, etc. This way if your horse gets loose you can be contacted when someone finds him.
When I trail ride I have a big red dog tag that I braid into his mane. It has his name, my name and cell number etched onto it. My friends all laughed at me but I think it's cool. Plus it's shaped like a heart so it's cute and easy to see.
     

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