Hello, so I am starting college this october! And my plan to not let stress kill me is weekend trail riding. However my long time horse buddy had to lease her horse out for the year so I am going to be trail riding alone, and need advice on what I should bring and what I should do with my horse to prepare him for this.
He really likes the trails and has been ridden out alone and is fine with that, but he has never been into the mountains (where I ride) he can be spooky (his arabian side) but he is a pretty firm and adventurous tough guy too (his peruvian paso side)
I recently purchased a halter bridle, Aussie saddle and a new helmet.
I found the trail riding self-defence post which really help, I had never thought about that.
I also read on another post to carry a knife and lead rope.
I also will bring a hoof pick and mini-medical kit.
Anything else I should get or do to prepare us for the solo-trails?