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    08-08-2012, 10:57 AM
What to bring on week-long trail ride?

Hi! I am new to the forum and looking for some help! I am going on a week-long trail ride where we will camp at a different place every night. The company seems great, but I have gotten very little info on what to bring other than sleeping bag, pocket knife, comfortable clothes and shoes with a heel. I got some Ariat low boots that seem really good, and I ordered a couple of riding breeches online that I should get soon.

Of course I will bring sunscreen, hat, etc. but what else? A friend suggested zink ointment for sore behinds! :) I am in my thirties and haven't been riding regularly since I was 18; now I only ride maybe once or twice a year, so I know I am in for some pain!

The weather will be very hot and sunny. Would appreciate suggestions on what to bring to make the trip as great as possible! For instance, what kinds of shirts.


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    08-08-2012, 11:19 AM
Anti Monkey Butt Powder, Aleve/ibuprofen, and Ben Gay. Yes, really.

Make sure there's water available, and you might want to bring snacks even if the group provides all meals. You're going to get hungry if you're in the saddle all day.
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    08-08-2012, 11:38 AM
Great suggestions, thanks! Will definitely bring some energy bars, nuts etc. for snacks.

Trying to decide on a small pack/day pack/fanny pack to bring. I have asked the company what they recommend; I assume I want to have room for water, tissues, snacks, medicine etc.
    08-08-2012, 11:40 AM
Does the camping outfit provide saddle bags? If so, you won't need a fanny/hip pack.
    08-08-2012, 11:46 AM
Actually, they just answered me back saying that they provide saddle bags. That helps a lot. More comfortable that way.
    08-08-2012, 11:48 AM
That's what I figured. Most professional outfits provide them.

What part of the country are you riding? I'm appropriately jealous. I'd love to do a week long pack trip, especially in the Wyoming area of the Yellowstone back country.
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    08-08-2012, 11:51 AM
Actually, it is in Italy! I have never done something like this so I am a little nervous, but also excited of course.
    08-08-2012, 11:53 AM
Oooh, Italy would be gorgeous seen by horseback! Now I'm really jealous!
    08-08-2012, 12:05 PM
Sunglasses and a camera and your own comfy vented helmet. Sounds like a great vacation, enjoy!
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    08-08-2012, 12:12 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Oooh, Italy would be gorgeous seen by horseback! Now I'm really jealous!
Come along! I am going alone and could use a friend! :) The other riders are from Germany and France, interestingly enough, although the company is based in the UK.

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