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post #1 of 22 Old 05-02-2010, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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New to trail riding: A few questions!

First of all, do many of you use protection for your horses legs while trail riding? Like split boots or anything?

Secondly, does anyone know of any good spots in Ohio? I feel like this could be a lame state to go trail riding in, but you never know!

Also, what do you guys take with you? Like if i'm going on a day long trail ride is there anything I need to remember? Maybe a hoof pick?
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-02-2010, 09:12 PM
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I do much less than most people.

I don't use boots unless there is a pre-existing need.

I don't carry anything except sometimes some money in case we go near the shops and want to grab some lunch and some carrots for the horses.

Oh - I do always take a phone.

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post #3 of 22 Old 05-02-2010, 09:17 PM
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I usually bring a hoof pick, cell phone, and halter and lead rope. I usually leave the halter on under the bridle and tie the lead rope to the saddle. That way if my bridle breaks im prepared.
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post #4 of 22 Old 05-02-2010, 09:42 PM
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I don't put anything on my horse's legs. Somewhere there is a thread about what to take in a first aid kit for a long trail ride, but it's pretty old.

Take along water, energy food and a cell phone; hoof pick and emergency bandages for either you or your horse. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. I never take a halter or lead rope, but I usually have small twine with me for jic times. It's tied to my saddle and just stays there. It has fixed someone else's bridle before, so I keep it with me. I figure if my bridle breaks, I have my reins and the twine -- I'll figure something out.

Also depends where you are going. Consider the terrain: animals, cell phone range, vehicles, hunters, etc...
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post #5 of 22 Old 05-02-2010, 09:46 PM
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I normally just take my pocket knife (can use as a hoof pick if needed) and a cell phone. If it's really hot, I'll a saddle horn bag with a bottle of water and a granola bar or something to munch on. No leg protection for the mares, but on a long ride, I'll usually go by a stream or pond so they can take a drink.
Where abouts in Ohio are you looking to ride? I'm originally from Cleveland.

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post #6 of 22 Old 05-02-2010, 09:57 PM
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In southern ohio we have east fork state park with 80 miles of trails
4hrs is the longest
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post #7 of 22 Old 05-02-2010, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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WOW guys thanks so much for the help!!!!!! i really appreciate it!

im in central ohio. I know there are a few smaller parks around here but im not sure how great they are. has anyone ever been to hocking hills?

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post #8 of 22 Old 05-03-2010, 01:06 AM
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hocking hills is a beutiful place i havent rode their but ive been on one trail walking
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post #9 of 22 Old 05-03-2010, 01:53 AM
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I usually don't use boots.
Things I take along...
1. A pocket knife: can use as a hoof pick
2. A small(easily compressible) reflective vest: Since I have to ride on the road to get home most of the time this comes in handy. Also if you ever got lost someone could easily spot you.
3. A full water bottle
4. A granola bar
5. Cell phone
6. Halter over her bridle: In the off case I would have to use this b/c of a broken bridle or reins I could still cut the reins to tie on the halter or whatever and it should be strong enough.
7. An extra jacket: usually a very thin rain coat, Over a another regular jacket it will hold the heat in, and keep out the rain or wind.
8. Small role of duct tape

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post #10 of 22 Old 05-03-2010, 06:48 AM
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It just depends on how remote an area I'm riding and how long I expect to be gone.

I leave the cantle bags on my saddle all the time. In those, I have a waterproof container with matches, a space blanket, a very small first aid kit with asprin, chapstick, a few bandaids etc, and there are usually one or two granola bars, small bottle of gasoline to start fires with. I almost always carry two water bottles.

On a ride by ride basis, I will add to this as I think I may want. If I'm going to be gone all day, I'll slip in an apple, string cheese, a sandwich, more granola bars etc. Depending on the elevation and weather forecast, a jacket or raincoat. It's no fun to be 3 hours from the truck/trailer and get caught in a rain storm. At least with a rain slicker I can stay mostly dry.

In my career of riding horses, We've had to put one horse down during a ride. So I usually pack a pistol on any kind of remote ride where help would take a long time to get to us.

In my trailer I keep many of the basics. A Rasp to trim hooves with, chaps and chinks for cold or wet weather, several jackets, Hats and helmets. I keep several of those LED flashlights. If I think I may be out late, I throw one of those in. I always have sleeping bags and blankets in the Gooseneck, in case I have to spend the night. I also keep a bag of horse pellets. Again in case I have to spend the night some place, I can feed the horses. I also keep some extra horse gear. A high line, extra leads, hobbles, extra reins, cinch etc in the trailer. We have a bigger First Aid kit in the trailer. A friend of mine is a Surg Tech, so he put together a really complete kit, We could stitch up a horse or person if we had to.

I ride some extremely rough and remote places, you may not need as much stuff for a ride down the trail behind the barn. But where we go, there is often no cell service. It's often wilderness and no access with a truck or other emergency equipment. If we break a leg or arm, we still have to ride the horse home.

And no I don't use any leg protection for the horses. A good trail horse should know how to protect his legs.

You may want to attend a NATRC competitive trail ride. Even if you just go up and volunteer to help for a day. I think you would learn a lot about trail riding, by watching what the judges look at. Check out their website at and see if they have any rides close to you.
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