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    08-27-2012, 07:39 PM
  #21
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Hawksnest Farm    
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)
Where do you ride?
     
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    08-27-2012, 08:21 PM
  #22
Foal
Leatherman, leather straps for repair, semi-auto, lighter, and cigars.
     
    08-28-2012, 05:07 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by gunslinger    
Where do you ride?
I live on Cape Cod, MA. I have a small farm on the edge of a State Park - tha'ts where I ride.
     
    08-28-2012, 08:37 PM
  #24
Trained
Smokes & beer.
     
    08-28-2012, 09:33 PM
  #25
Yearling
I go for the less is more concept .

Most of these list look almost like what I take for long distance rides . With the exception of Hawksnest, but I wear long pants and usually a long sleeve shirt.

For short day rides as the op stated (not distance riding).
Water, pancho tied on, wide brim hat, good knife and rarely my coach gun (although I'm thinking of switching to a pellet pistol) depending on where I'm riding.
     
    08-30-2012, 08:24 PM
  #26
Weanling
Umm lets see longer rides I pack my cell phone, Purell, toilet paper, rain poncho, water, lunch, lead rope, halter, horse treats, first aid kit, vet wrap and a fly mask if it's not already on
     
    08-30-2012, 09:16 PM
  #27
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Hawksnest Farm    
I live on Cape Cod, MA. I have a small farm on the edge of a State Park - tha'ts where I ride.
Okay, consider yourself invited to come ride in the Cohutta Wilderness Area of North Georgia, we'll go an hour off the black top to park the trailer and several miles off the forest roads on the trail.

Don't bother bringing your cell phone, it won't work in most places but you might get a very weak signal on some of the taller mountains.

Wear your shorts. The Black flies are hungry. Everything that bites lives there.

My point is bring what you need depending on where you're going to ride.

Of course you don't need a GPS, map and compass if your riding at home.
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    08-30-2012, 10:35 PM
  #28
Started
Something better might be to say what NOT to bring:
-Spurs
-whips of any kinda
-a friend who is somewhere relatively close who knows what time you will be back and who will go save you if you aren't.
Do not bring with you anything that can be used against you or your horse. If your horse needs either of those tools to be ridden confront those issues in the ring until they can be ridden without them.

Bring:
-a whistle, if anything happens you WANT to be heard, if it panicks your horse - well at least that got more attention (assuming the horse is uninjured)
-a cell phone (but signal may be an issue)
-light reflecting tack, so you stand out!
-bells if your horse can be used to it so hunters and others hear you from a great distance
-reflective vest for yourself.

And everything else mentioned :P
     
    09-04-2012, 04:24 PM
  #29
Yearling
Just my phone. I have trails all around where I live but they don't get too far away..I normally could walk home of needed. Id carry a hoof pick of I hadn't discovered I could use a strong stick. If I'm going further away I'll take some water.

I've never actually got to go on a trail ride far enough away to take anything extra
     
    09-05-2012, 10:50 AM
  #30
Foal
Just take the safety things that can protect me... :)
     

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