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post #11 of 31 Old 08-14-2012, 09:51 AM
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Hoof pick, knife, water, cell phone, GPS, lighter, and of course my chapstick.

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post #12 of 31 Old 08-14-2012, 10:02 AM
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I went for a very short ride yesterday on a circular trail - I went 4 miles. I had 2 bottles of water, a hoof pick, a pocket knife, cell phone, camera. I was taking my GPS but let the dang batteries.

I was never further than 3/4 of mile from the vehicle on this particular ride as it is a ride on a loop. If I am riding up at Ebenezer I would have

Heart Monitor on Biscuit
GPS WITH the batteries
toilet paper (which is funny - I rarely get off on the trail but have it just in case!)
hoof pick
little first aid kit
hoof boots
vet wrap
snack of some kind

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post #13 of 31 Old 08-14-2012, 08:47 PM
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If I know it's going to be a longer/full-day ride, I will pack something for lunch/snack, a couple of bottles of water, knife, cell phone, camera, some little first-aid and anti-bug items for myself and the horse, extra bits of leather in case I need to make an emergency tack repair. I may or may not bring the horse-collar and lead rope with me. It's nice to have along if we take some extended breaks. I can just put the collar on my horse when I tie him and take the bridle off entirely, so he is free to scratch his head without the worry of him rubbing the bridle on a tree or tie-post and breaking it.

Otherwise, I like to pack light.

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post #14 of 31 Old 08-14-2012, 11:26 PM
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Oh yeah...and I had a pump spray bottle of Deep Woods Off!!! and had to use it too!

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post #15 of 31 Old 08-15-2012, 10:42 AM
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Pretty much what's already been listed above.
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post #16 of 31 Old 08-15-2012, 12:13 PM
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I'm one of those "everything but the kitchen sink" types.. ha I've really never had to use some the stuff I drag along, but I've been in situations where others who were not as prepared needed something.

Tied on top of my bags
  • Sweatshirt or rain slicker
  • Rope halter and leadrope
In the "dry" side
  • Hoofpick
  • Loop reins
  • Shoelace/twine/strips of leather
  • Duct tape (small roll)
  • Camera (when I remember it..)
  • Handcrank flashlight
  • Granola bars
  • Mini first-aid kit (QuikClot, Vetwrap, gauze roll, alcohol, antibiotic ointment)
In the "wet" side
  • Sandwhich(s)-- Depending on who is with or carrying bags)
  • Apples (for the horses.. Usually.. ha)
  • Ice pack(s) (also available for emergency use)
  • Water (however much I can bring to balance out the bags)
On me
  • Knife/multi-tool
  • Cell phone
  • Insurance and identification
  • Trail pass
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post #17 of 31 Old 08-18-2012, 09:23 AM
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carrots, water and snacks / food, pocket knife, TP, wallet and cell phone in waterproof box, pistol
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post #18 of 31 Old 08-21-2012, 01:19 AM
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I am loving this thread! Such great ideas! :)

I haven't gone out on any rides that are longer than 3 or 4 hours, and have usually just brought along water for me, my cell phone and had my horses' halter on underneath the headstall w/ lead rope attached.

I want to buy some saddle bags though and pack it with some stuff that will always remain in there - first aid kit, hoof pick, extra pair of reins, etc. I don't get out and trail ride a lot, but you never know when you might need something.

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post #19 of 31 Old 08-21-2012, 09:32 AM
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Halter and lead rope, Leatherman, GPS and a compass, cell, flask....sometimes, jerky, depending on weather a flymask and sweatshirt or jacket in my cantle.

Isrider, I like the idea of carrying a gun.
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post #20 of 31 Old 08-27-2012, 07:32 PM
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I feel so inadequate all of a sudden. I ride in shorts and a tee with sneakers and I bring my cell phone (5-6 mile trail rides 2-3 times a week)
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