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post #1 of 21 Old 07-07-2011, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Trail riding equipment?

What tack/equipment for both horse and rider would you suggest are essential and what sites would you suggest I check out to find them? There isn't a good tack store nearby. Thank you.
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-07-2011, 01:57 PM
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What tack/equipment for both horse and rider would you suggest are essential and what sites would you suggest I check out to find them? There isn't a good tack store nearby. Thank you.
It depends on how long of a ride and where you are riding. I always have saddle and pommel bags for drinks, hoof pick, halter and lead. When going on a longer ride or further from camp/home, I'll pack a GPS, trail mix, weather gear, padded gauze and vet wrap. I always have extra leather ties already on my saddle. If going across state, I'll pack an extra latigo, lead etc.

It all depends on the weather, distance, environment. It's hard to be precise down to the "t."

There are online stores like Valley Vet, Jeffers etc. that have a multitude of things to suit your needs.
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post #3 of 21 Old 07-08-2011, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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It depends on how long of a ride and where you are riding. I always have saddle and pommel bags for drinks, hoof pick, halter and lead. When going on a longer ride or further from camp/home, I'll pack a GPS, trail mix, weather gear, padded gauze and vet wrap. I always have extra leather ties already on my saddle. If going across state, I'll pack an extra latigo, lead etc.

It all depends on the weather, distance, environment. It's hard to be precise down to the "t."

There are online stores like Valley Vet, Jeffers etc. that have a multitude of things to suit your needs.
Thank you for the sites and suggestions. It's suppose to be about an 8hr ride, ment to be a learning experience/confidence builder for both myself and my horse. I am going with my trainer. Thanks again!
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post #4 of 21 Old 07-12-2011, 08:50 AM
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wow 8 hours! It will be fun but my backside would be sore!!! Be sure and get off and walk around some!

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wow 8 hours! It will be fun but my backside would be sore!!! Be sure and get off and walk around some!
especially when your just beginning and haven't built up all them riding muscles yet, lol.
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I would take lots of water, food, and some paper towels or toilet paper. I would also take a small mirror in case a gnat gets in your eye. Sunscreen. More food. A pocket knife, hoof pick. Cell phone.

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I'm a regular trail rider, I'll usually bring a saddle bag and tie it to the back of my saddle. I fill it with a small first aid kit, trail markers, and one of those lights that you can strap on to your hat, just in case I'm out late; I tie a rain jacket/sweatshirt to the back as well with some latigo leather, I also have another bag that goes on the horn where I can store water and food. I always carry a pocket knife and a lead rope on the side of my saddle. All that is usually enough for whenever I ride
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post #8 of 21 Old 07-17-2011, 05:10 PM
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Pretty much what everyone else said -I would only add if you think you will need them horse boots, and a cell phone.
8 hours is a lot for a beginner even if you stop at intervals. Bring plenty of water especially if you aren't used to riding that long (I carry 4 to 6 bottles usually), and I would bring something with electrolytes in it too.
Get good and hydrated before you go out, that way your body isn't playing catch up.

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post #9 of 21 Old 07-17-2011, 05:37 PM
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If you are going to be out late I would suggest some reflective gear. Horse Riding Safety Gear That is where I had ordered some of the stuff I will be using on my horse. Everything else has already been listed! Hope you have a great time!
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-17-2011, 06:06 PM
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Don't over think the ride......It's just a day ride, enjoy it.
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