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post #1 of 23 Old 07-05-2010, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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riding alone on the trails.

Probably a lot of you ride alone, but im a bit nervous about it. What kind of gear/equipment do you guys take along when youre out alone, and what kind of stuff should i do to prepare? Obviously i would tell someone where im going, and take a cell phone...

its always been a big plan/dream of mine to go galloping across the fields, but im always too chicken and ive only been out alone a couple times and even then VERY close to home-like, within viewing distance.
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post #2 of 23 Old 07-05-2010, 07:10 PM
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I ride alone every day, but not by choice. If I could find someone to go with I'd be gone with them in a second. Unfortunately, it's just me and Tango.

For the longest time I was afraid to go out alone too, but you kind of just have to bite the bullet and go. It's lots of fun when you do get out there, though I'll admit it would be a bit more fun to have someone to go with.

Lol. I never tell anyone where I'm going, mostly because I don't even know where I'm going. I kind of just wander. I do always have my phone with me, though, and more stuff I take along:
*water bottle (biggy, important, you're going to want water!)
*I often take a camera
*lead rope
*After my incident today (horse got wire wrapped around her leg) I'm probably gonna start taking wire cutters

Just do it. Go out and ride. Of course, don't go too much farther than you're comfortable with, but expand your margins every day.
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Yes, cell phone attached to you, not horse. Other than letting someone know how long you're expecting to be out, that's about it unless you feel like bringing along an entire first aid kit.

Sure, for now you're gazing up at the field now with visions of galloping around and when you do it's within site of home. Eventually the fun side of it is going to get the better of you and you're going to find yourself going further. Pick a hot day when your horse isn't likely to be a goof and map out a short route. Start in your familiar field, work out of your comfort zone a little and try to make a loop where you finish back in the friendly field. Each time you go out, go a little further. Slow and steady wins the race as far as I'm concerned.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 23 Old 07-05-2010, 08:36 PM
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I ride by myself a lot. I usually just take my cell phone because the other people at the stable know that if me and my horse aren't around, we're out on the trail. I don't take any first-aid stuff because it's only really a 20min trail ride (I probably should though!) because then I'd have to take a backpack. I usually just hop on and go.
If you're going on a long trail ride or if you don't know the area well, take water and a first aid kit. I like Tango's suggestion of a pocketknife and wire cutters as well. I also know of someone who takes a extra large bottle of water and one of those collapsible doggy water bowls so her horse can drink when she goes on long trail rides, which is goods if it's hot and there's no water source around (in summer we get 40C+ degree days). Know your area and remember - it doesn't hurt to prepare for the worst :)
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post #5 of 23 Old 07-06-2010, 09:13 AM
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I usually have my cell phone in my pocket, sometimes a lead rope, always my pocket knife. I was riding with a friend whose horses feet got tangled in a piece of twine 10 minutes away from the barn. On the same ride the horse got it's tongue over the bit so we needed the lead rope around its neck while she took off and adjusted the bridle.
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post #6 of 23 Old 07-06-2010, 09:47 AM
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I ride by myself all the time. Unless someone comes out to ride with me (which happens very rarely). And since I live alone, no one knows when im gone. I just saddle up (or hop on bareback) and go. I to like ilyTango... wonder. I never know which trail im riding or if im goin to make my own. And I have about 500 acres that I ride in. All I take is a cell phone,,,, which I keep in my front pocket.

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post #7 of 23 Old 07-06-2010, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Wow, you guys are all alot braver than me :) ill take everything suggested and see if i can go out soon..
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post #8 of 23 Old 07-06-2010, 11:31 AM
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I usually only take my cell phone with me, I usually turn it to vibrate or silent so it doesn't startle my horse if it rings, although it probably wouldn't bother her! I always used to ride alone as a teen, and I never had a cell phone. It was just a rule that I couldn't ride if no one was at the house, and I had to tell someone the general dirrection I was headed.
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post #9 of 23 Old 07-06-2010, 12:09 PM
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You definitely want to make sure you and your horse are comfortable going out alone before you do. Ride on the trails close to home first before you wander out further so you can get more comfortable. I always bring my cell phone, and a walkie talkie sometimes also. Make sure you keep your phone on you and not the horse. Get one of those clip-on cell phone holders you can put on your pocket, or even better on your belt loop so it can't slip off. I bring water sometimes, also. A lead rope would come in handy in case your reins break for some reason or you need to tie your horse somewhere. A pocketknife would help out in some instances too.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail...
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post #10 of 23 Old 07-06-2010, 04:11 PM
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You've already got a great start by bringing your cell phone and letting a responsible someone know where you're going and when you'll be back.

Other items to keep handy in your pommel bags are 1st aid kit, snacks, etc.

A complete list of suggested items to carry on a trail ride can be found HERE along with lots of other helpful information for new new trail riders.

Relax, breathe deep, and enjoy your ride!

You most likely won't need to carry this much !

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