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    02-22-2011, 03:36 PM
  #21
Foal
Thank you brighteyes I meant to say that too. "ICE" is something everyone should have on their phone no matter what. The movement was started by a paramedic who wished there was some way to know who to call in case of an emergency, He realized that the victims always had a cell phone they just didn't know who on it to call. An "ICE" number gives them some one to call immediately in any type of accident.
     
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    02-22-2011, 03:53 PM
  #22
Yearling
I haven't read through the posts, so I'm sorry if I sound repetitive.

I would get a saddle bag and fill it with emergency supplies for you and your horse. Just enough so if either of you were to get hurt you could buy yourself time to call for help and whatnot. I would also always make sure to pack a lot of water and some candy and trail mix, especially on the really long trails. You may want to look online and think about what emergency supplies other than medical you deem important to take with you. An emergency whistle, mirror, or strong flashlight (if I remeber correctly) can all be used to signal for help if anything would ever happen to your cell phone. Basically three of anything means "I need help". You might also want to consider keeping some matches in a baggie or other waterproof container. They take like a centimeter of room in any bag and they're great to have for emergencies. Again, I would go online and read about preperation for hiking. I know you're riding but most articles have really good tips you can use for any outdoor venture.

I would also ALWAYS ALWAYS tell someone or leave a note detailing exactly where you plan to go. Just in case you get hurt and can't call anyone (for example, you get knocked out). Then people will know where to find you.

I know I probably sound weird but it's better safe than sorry and you never know what could happen . You did mention where you live, I can't remember exactly where right now but I'm sure you know some of this already.

Good luck and I hope I helped!
     
    02-22-2011, 05:53 PM
  #23
Weanling
I almost always ride alone--it's a great start that you know you can trust your horse. They have cell phone things that can attach to your leg or arm (don't know if yours ever falls out of your pocket or not) but I use those in the summer when I don't have pockets..and sometimes even if I do.

As far as dogs go, I usually turn around and face them. They usually will back down. If they continue, I walk my horse toward them, "chasing" them. IF you encounter a truly vicious dog that is biting/attacking your horse--take off. You can outrun them. I've never seen that happen, though. Every case I've run into the dog has backed down when a horse came after them if not just when the horse turned to look at them.

It's a good idea to bring a saddle bag with a horse first aid kit (at least some vet wrap and gauze) some water, and a snack for you....just in case you get lost or an injury occurs and you're stuck on the trail longer than you think you will be. Most of all, just relax and have fun! Riding alone is so peaceful :)
     
    02-22-2011, 09:11 PM
  #24
Foal
Actually GPS's now days are quite reasonable. There are many models that will cost less $100. Walkie talkies are only good if there is someone back on the other end and if there aren't many hills that block the signal. For the flats they work a fair distance, but in the hills and trees the signal strength rapidly deteriorates.

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Originally Posted by horsplay    
The GPS is a GREAT idea if you can afford it. If not The ranch I work at had Walkie talkies the main one was always on back home and they where of superb quality and we could be, I think, 25 miles away and still get a message back to the ranch if something went wrong.
     
    02-23-2011, 12:48 AM
  #25
Foal
I'm actually looking forward to riding alone. Just being alone in the middle of no place in particular. Love it.
     
    02-23-2011, 09:07 AM
  #26
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Gizmo
I love this Forum. There is you planning a safari out into the boonies and you are worried about how to defend yourself against lions, bears, and all sorts of big creatures which I have only seen in zoos or on the TV.

There is me, owning a chicken livered Irish sports horse mare who is frightened of birds flying up out of a hedge.

There is you being advised to take a gun to defend yourself.

There is me wondering what to do about some 80 year old lady car driver who doesn't know how wide her car is and who can't reverse down a narrow country lane.

There's you living on a continent and there's me living on a relatively small island of less than 100,000 square miles , the largest animal predator of which is a fox or a pig which one day escaped from its pen.

I do wish I could persuade my horse to realize that although she might get eaten by a paper bag flapping in the breeze at least she isn't likely to be eaten for lunch by a mountain lion.

Oh and I love it that your mobile phone works out in the middle of nowhere. I just wish British Telecom would read what service you Americans expect to get from your mobiles. My cellphone won't work up on the hill a mile north of the house.

Enjoy Gizmo - I wish I could come with you on your trip

Barry G

PS Oh My, which of us lives in the real world?

PPS I can be locked up by the police instantly for even owning a gun - let alone carrying it.
As for carrying it in a holster mounted on the saddle - the authorities would call out the SAS.
I'd be thrown in clink for the rest of my days.
     
    02-23-2011, 09:16 AM
  #27
Guest
Gizmo,

I have just shown my wife this thread.
Like me, as she read it, she smiled, she laughed and then said
"What a wonderful thing to do".

And we have, on this tiny weenie little island, folks that believe a holiday is to fly 400 miles to sit on a beach and do nothing.

Enjoy Gizmo and send us a postcard.

Barry G
     
    02-23-2011, 09:32 AM
  #28
Started
I ride alone a lot and I love the tranquility of it - however I also know there's an added risk. In addition to carrying my cell, I also usually do a check in with someone before I leave and give them an est time I will be back. If I plan on staying out longer or to keep from losing track of time, I will set my cell alarm to call my check in person and update them. The cell alarm keeps me from forgetting to check in if I want to ride longer. And then if im not back within 30 min or so of when I say I will be, then someone knows to look for me. Usually that works and is a little safer all things considered because like many of you, i'm not just going to wait for people to ride with and sometimes I really do love the peace of riding alone :)
     
    02-23-2011, 10:15 AM
  #29
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
Gizmo
I love this Forum. There is you planning a safari out into the boonies and you are worried about how to defend yourself against lions, bears, and all sorts of big creatures which I have only seen in zoos or on the TV.

There is me, owning a chicken livered Irish sports horse mare who is frightened of birds flying up out of a hedge.

There is you being advised to take a gun to defend yourself.

There is me wondering what to do about some 80 year old lady car driver who doesn't know how wide her car is and who can't reverse down a narrow country lane.

There's you living on a continent and there's me living on a relatively small island of less than 100,000 square miles , the largest animal predator of which is a fox or a pig which one day escaped from its pen.

I do wish I could persuade my horse to realize that although she might get eaten by a paper bag flapping in the breeze at least she isn't likely to be eaten for lunch by a mountain lion.

Oh and I love it that your mobile phone works out in the middle of nowhere. I just wish British Telecom would read what service you Americans expect to get from your mobiles. My cellphone won't work up on the hill a mile north of the house.

Enjoy Gizmo - I wish I could come with you on your trip

Barry G

PS Oh My, which of us lives in the real world?

PPS I can be locked up by the police instantly for even owning a gun - let alone carrying it.
As for carrying it in a holster mounted on the saddle - the authorities would call out the SAS.
I'd be thrown in clink for the rest of my days.
Wow that is funny. It is funny how diverse this world is. Just in America too, here we don't have any poisonous snakes or anything like that, just some wild game and mountainous terrain. (I actually live almost on the top of a small mountain.) Then you go to the mid south of the country and it is a desert, completely flat in most areas filled with tiny little creatures waiting for you to walk by so they can grab you with their venomous fangs. Then there is Florida, a tropical paradise with swamps containing alligators and wild pigs that can charge at you. Then there is the northern mid region which is very mountainous and has things like wolves and big mountain lions. It is amazing how diverse everything is and how different things can be just a short distance away. I live in New Hampshire so I am about 1,000 miles away from Florida. But before you even reach that you hit North and South Carolina where the temperature changes dramatically and they hardly ever get any snow, where we get a ton with temperatures that go way below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
This stuff I am doing is going to be right behind my house. We have trails that connect right to Canada so I plan on riding them up into the mountains and stuff. It is very pretty. I will take lots of pictures to show you and everyone! Then I hope to get a group together sometime this summer to go camping in the mountains with the horses. That should be fun and interesting. Now, I just can't wait for the snow and ice to melt so we can start our little adventures.
     
    02-23-2011, 10:29 AM
  #30
Green Broke
Gizmo, you've been given some wonderful advice on what to bring along when riding alone, or even with friends. I will only add one item.

I put a bell on my saddle when I ride alone. It alerts whatever is around that I'm coming through. Be it wild animal or hunter in the area. That little "ding-a-ling" can be heard quite a distance.

I often joke about it in that I am either alerting the beasties that I am coming and to move on out, or that in a few minutes "dinner" will be served!

Enjoy yourself and have a blast!
     

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