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    02-09-2013, 10:04 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Cell phone and knife (preferable swiss army, but not always the case) for those 2 hour or so trails..4+ hour trails are different though (especially if I have a day to explore the rest of the woods). Those kinda trails get a horn bag including (but not limited to): knife, bottle or two of water, both cell phones (until may when the old one gets shut off lol), and cigarettes/lighter.
I can double my reins as a lead on my noseband, I can make a fire with my lighter (and cigarettes for a smoke signal if I REALLY get lost lol), and I can always use a sleeve of my shirt and my knife to cut my saddle ties (in emergency ONLY, I love my saddle with everything it came with, lol) to make a wrap to help with any profusely bleeding cuts or such.
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    02-09-2013, 10:30 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by PunksTank    
One big thing I've always been told, is never carry a whip or use spurs while on a trail ride - should you be attacked (by a person) those tools could be used against you or your horse.
If a stranger approaches you - whether you think they're safe or not, tell them your horse bites and/or kicks - ....
I'm far more familiar and proficient with my spurs than anyone marking me for easy prey... And really, there are a lot scarier things at a person's disposal to use against me than a crop, lol! Just sayin... Thought that logic was a little flawed for my personal application. No WAY could/would I ride my boy anywhere without spurs. Being a rather sluggish fellow, if I need him to shift off a ledge NOW, I'd better be able to convince him! He kinda forgets to maintain focus now & then...
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    02-09-2013, 10:52 PM
  #13
Yearling
Before relying on a cell phone for emergencies, it's a good idea to find out if you have cell service where you're going to ride. Most of the places I ride don't.
     
    02-09-2013, 11:10 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Knife, matches, duct tape, sanitary pad (makes a great bandaid), gatorade, trail mix, rain gear tied to your saddle, plus a bunch of other stuff already said.

What most people forget is what to keep in the their trailer for after the ride. Change of clothes, pair of comfortable shoes, food, water, first aid kit for you and horse, pretty much everything including the kitchen sink. Why? Because your trailer doesn't really care how much you packed in it so take anything you might think is useful.

FYI, change of clothes/shoes has kept me from catching cold I don't know how many times.
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    02-09-2013, 11:50 PM
  #15
Weanling
I'll add, if it's a long ride, try pantyhoes under your jeans. They reduce the rub of the pants seam by quite a bit.

Also, be sure your emergency items, cell phone, knife, lighter/matches, at least, are attached to your body, NOT to your horse. If you get unloaded and your horse bolts, you need to be able to get help and or help yourself...can't do that if your phone is running down the trail with your horse.

And get a dog tag made for each horse with your name, address and phone number on them with yarn to braid them into your horses mane, or an alligator clip to clip them onto mane hair. Don't attach them to halters or gear, make sure they are on the horse itself.
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    02-10-2013, 12:01 AM
  #16
Yearling
And don't forget the flask!

I agree with Darrin about the trailer. Add a leather hole punch for tack repair. Extra water for horses
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    02-10-2013, 03:11 PM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by jamesqf    
Before relying on a cell phone for emergencies, it's a good idea to find out if you have cell service where you're going to ride. Most of the places I ride don't.
And to add to this, if you don't have cell service where you are going, you can always bring a walkie talkie, or something like that
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    02-11-2013, 07:13 AM
  #18
Yearling
Army compass...and common sense.
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    02-11-2013, 07:18 AM
  #19
Green Broke
I was always told that to call emergency you didn't need service..Not sure how it'd work, but apparently it has for some people. Im going to have to ask BO about it since she's an EMT dispatch, I'm sure she'll know.
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    02-11-2013, 07:43 AM
  #20
Yearling
When I was in Georgia, I had a knife on me, a pistol and two cellphones anytime I left the barn on a horse. I have one cellphone attached to my hip, the other to the horse. You never know when your horse will leave you so its safer to keep the phone on your body. If your horse is lost, whoever catches it will have a way to contact the owner. So its good to have a phone on the horse as well.

These days I carry a knife, two cellphones (one attached to the horse, the other on me), and a bandana. People always stare at me funny because I rarely go to the barn without a bandana hanging from my belt loop. Its helped me out in so many instances though. I've wrapped fresh cuts, stopped bleeding, blindfolded horses, used it as an emergency cool down for me if I ever over heat, tied broken tack back together with it...its just a good thing to always have for those "just in case" situations.

The whip thing on a trail is silly to me. If anyone is going to come after me, they better be quick enough to actually get near Raina in the first place (shes not a fan of people leaping at her lmao) and if they do get close enough, they best have something better in mind to use other than a whip. Really, you have the advantage on a horse. You're on a horse and you are armed with a whip. They'd have to somehow get you off the horse and wrestle the whip from you in order to use it against you. Beating someone with a whip isn't lethal, it just stings. Its a poor weapon.
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