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    06-01-2011, 05:57 PM
Normally I ride alone as well. Quick list of what I take and why:
Cellphone with ICE- fall off and can't get up type of thing,
Backpack- usually I ride bareback or in my flat saddle so saddlebags arent a option. Inside: antibioctics, bandaids, wraps(cold).
Helmet-honestly it depends where im at, if im going around the farm I don't need one.
Wrap Horses fronts- His action is very important to me and a pulled tendon ISNT an option.
Moving on =) my horse has a major problem with serparating from the herd. He bucks(not too bad though), spooks easily, and canters the WHOLE time. But last time we did very well. He did none of these things! When riding with other horses he is very competive. He has to be first ( a habit I think he picked up from me). So we have to constantly circle back to the rear. But end up in front in 3 mins. He was a carting horse before we got him so I try not to ride on roads because he gets....funny. (I promise he's really sweet!) But Berty always does fine for other people!
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    06-01-2011, 06:16 PM
I ride alone all the time. I'll have friends over to ride occasionally and I'll take my horses out to the stables I work at to ride on my days off sometimes though. I always keep my cell phone on me and I try not to ride too awful far from my house.
    06-01-2011, 06:30 PM
I ride alone sometimes and carry the following; firearm, cell phone, 1st aid kit. I let someone know where I plan on riding and when I expect to be back. No incidents so far.
    06-01-2011, 07:57 PM
What great timing you have for this thread. Just the past Monday, my horse and I did our first solo trail ride in the woods. We've been working up to it for a few years. He's always been good when out with other horses, but alone he was a bit of a chicken. We gradually went further and further into the woods testing his limits and building up his confidence. Initially it involved lots of attempts to spin around and come home and lots of corrections on my part. It got better over time, and then on Monday, I literally had all day to get it done, so out we went. A few times he wanted to turn back, but I "out-stubborned" him and we kept going in the correct direction. I was so proud of him when we got back...still am!

As for emergency stuff, if I'm just riding off the barn property, I just keep my cell phone with me with my emergency contacts and allergy info. I also keep a sticker with the same info in my helmet in case my phone doesn't work for whatever reason.

If we've trailered somewhere, horse emergency stuff is in my trailer. I only go for a few hours, so we're never remote where carrying things would be that important. If I somewhere I absolutely don't know, I'll carry pliers just in case we encounter barbed wire.
    06-02-2011, 10:40 PM
I spend 90% of my time riding alone. My wife and daughter are both arena riders without much interest in going "out there" I rode my 4 YO 200 miles last year and we are almost at 100 miles this year and it is only early June. I usually tell my wife I am headed out for a ride, but beyond that, she has no clue. I take with me my wallet(drivers license), cell phone on my belt, water bottle, knife, often a firearm. In the saddlebags is a handkercheif, TP, lighter, paracord, hoof pick, and additional bug repellent. I have explored the hills/mountains all around my farm on horseback in all four seasons.
    06-02-2011, 11:33 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
I only go for a few hours, so we're never remote where carrying things would be that important. If I somewhere I absolutely don't know, I'll carry pliers just in case we encounter barbed wire.
remote or not doesn't mean anything--accidents can happen anywhere.

Dreams severed an artery in her hind leg on trail, during a competition no less, in the process of throwing a shoe. A nail sliced her pastern neat as could be and the resulting cut artery was pulsing blood hard enough to hit the back of her front legs. Thank god I had basic bandaging materials with me, or she may have bled out on the trail. As it was, it looked like someone had field dressed a deer.

While that incident has caused me to carry what most people would consider some pretty weird things in my saddle bags (a pair of hemostats, gloves, a diaper, 2 rolls of vetwrap, a roll of elastikon), I never set foot on any trail without it--even training.

I live by the adage 'hope for the best, prepare for the worst.'
    06-03-2011, 10:44 PM
Being prepared for an emergency is great, but where I live, you're never far from anywhere. Trail riding for me involves lots of cantering and jumping. I can't really be jumping fallen trees with all the stuff in tow. Saddle bag and jumping in an english saddle don't really mix. If my horse ever has a blood gushing emergency, my shirt will have to suffice as a bandage until we can get to the trailer. Might get arrested for displaying the girls in public, but it'll do.
    06-04-2011, 09:19 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Saddle bag and jumping in an english saddle don't really mix.
just means you haven't found the right one! If you ever want one, check out the stowaway brand english models. Personally, I use a stowaway deluxe pommel bag and love it, but they make cantle bags too.
    06-05-2011, 09:22 PM
I always make sure I tell someone I trust where I am going, when I am leaving and when I can be expected back. I don't have a cell phone, but you really should make sure you take one and keep it in YOUR pocket, not a saddle bag in case you fall off. I take a lot less risks when riding alone, such as jumping logs, galloping, and stuff like that. I take it a lot easier! My horse is actually better by herself than with others, she does not like to be near their butts, but she also does not like other horses hear hers, so she likes the freedom of being by herself!
    06-05-2011, 10:13 PM
I ride alone a lot. I have my horses at my place and I have only gotten my husband on a horse a handful of times. I trail ride on our property and the neighbors alone. I also ride in my arena alone. I always carry a cell phone and try to make sure that someone knows I am going out before I do. I prefer for someone to at least be home when I ride, but that does not always work out. My two mares ride fine alone.

The fact that I have to ride alone is part of the reason why I have not been on my gelding more. He sometimes spooks and when he does it is big. I have never come off him, but I do not feel comfortable getting on him if no one is at home. I have started to haul him over to my trainers about once a week to work with him more.

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