I want to go riding in the parks more often. There's always the possibility of getting dumped while out on the trails. A few local emails about people being dumped and their horses going AWOL for a couple of days got me to thinking. How can I find my horse if I fell off on the trail and for some reason he ran off?
We don't have any kind of mounted search and rescue for missing horses, so that's not an option. Maybe one day I'll start one!
A GPS device would be awesome though. I found Advanced Dog GPS Tracking Systems | Tagg the Pet Tracker - which is great, but complicated with the docking station and all that. $100 for the gadget is nothing to sneeze at either, though the $8/month is pretty good.
However... what about a pay as you go cell phone with internet? You can get one for as little as $15. I have an iphone so I'd never actually use the minutes. I could stick it on a saddle bag on the horse so if I fall off and horse loses his mind and runs off, I can track him with the GPS on the phone. If someone catches him, before I could try to track him, they could call me (I'd program my number, my husband's number and my BO's number in the phone).
So, what am I missing? Thoughts?
Does anyone have a pay as you go cellphone? Do they have internet/gps access? Is that extra?