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post #1 of 15 Old 09-04-2009, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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What gear do you HAVE to have on a long ride?

Besides my extra rope halter and lead rope, HYDRATION is very important to me, not only for myself but for my horse too...so, what do I take that holds LOTS of liquid?? My handy dandy Camel back, filled with ice cold water. Keeps my water cold all day and holds plenty for both me and boy..

Best thing about it is that it's not heavy and not cumbersome to haul around.

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-04-2009, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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All the views and no one wants to post what their favorite trail riding gear is? Thought this would be a good conversation post
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-04-2009, 01:27 PM
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Since hubby and I are both nurses we're neurotic about safety, etc. So, I have come up with a pretty elaborate, yet compact first aid kit for our trail rides. I even have a first aid for horses book in it. I had to fight the urge to include everything I could possibly ever use - I would have needed an extra horse just to carry it. So I tried to stick to stuff I would need just to stabilize a person or horse initially until we could get them back home for further care. It fits in a large ziplock bag. Then I have a smaller ziplock bag with my "people comfort" supplies - chapstick, TP, matches, etc. I just keep both of these well stocked and in my saddle bag all the time, so I only have to pack food, etc. for each trip.

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post #4 of 15 Old 09-04-2009, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Ohhh, that is so true about the first aid kit. I have a small one myself that I keep in my bag. OH and Beef Jerky...gotta have Beef Jerky haha!
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I always make sure I bring lots of water on long rides!

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Water, halter, lead rope, hoof pick. ;)

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post #7 of 15 Old 09-04-2009, 10:11 PM
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When we go on rides everyone involved has a saddle bag and usually me and my sister in law are the most prepared. I never leave with out my rope halter (and lead of course hehe), very small first aide kit, LOTS of water lol, hoof pick, those packets of cracker things lol I don't know what they are called, a camera, my cell phone and I think that's it haha.. Oh and sometimes a rain slicker :)

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post #8 of 15 Old 09-14-2009, 06:07 PM
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Great post!

We carry:
1st aid / Emergency Kit - For kit contents click HERE

Cell Phone - Turned off - dead batteries are a bugger when you really need the phone to work!
Pruning shears - Might as well keep the trail cleared
H2O - Two 32 oz bottles in the pommel bags

Here's a little more info as well

I tried the camelbak route once but it messed with my balance. I may have to try it again!


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Vetwrap - there are so many things you can do with it
Knife - has come in handy many times
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-16-2009, 09:13 PM
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I'm bad... I don't take anything. Though we have a lot of dams/ponds around us so we can always find somewhere for the horse to drink. If it's like, alllll day then I have alittle drink bottle holder that clips to my saddle. But that's it. Oh and my mobile.

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