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post #11 of 15 Old 09-17-2009, 08:59 AM
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My ''really long'' trailrides are just about 4-5 hours :)

So I just bring a picnick for me, some blanket and the most necessary tools to put on a new shoe if he'd drop one or I hear that dreaded metallic noise of a lose shoe... (I check them before every ride but you never know)
A halter and a halterrope, rthe bridle saddle of course and a breast collar just because I like the looks :P

We have plenty of creeks and small streams where I ride, so I usually let him drink and splash in the water when we pass a place, and he's tied so that he can munch a little on grass and leaves when we rest.

If I went on a longer trip, over a day or more, I would bring one of those portble buckets with me for him, since it's always possible for me to go down to a creek in emergency or just because, but it might be very difficult for him if it's steep and so on. Or I might ride past a house where I can ask for water, most people think it's nice to see riders and break the daily routine :)
I'd make sure to bring hay or something tho, unless I had a plan on where to go and could place hay or have a pasture there. I can't tie him up in a way that lets him graze enough on a trail :)
And of course other stuff I might need, depending on season etc.


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post #12 of 15 Old 09-17-2009, 09:13 AM
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water, trail mix(why not) chap stick, hoof pick, water, water and a small first aide kit, extra lead rope and halter.

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post #13 of 15 Old 09-17-2009, 04:24 PM
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The camelbak is a great idea! I know a girl that has one. I carry two large bottles of water for my horse and myself - there are streams where we ride and the horses have opportunities to drink (luckily, we've had a lot of rain this past summer!). I carry my little ER pack for my horse - I have something for a hoof injury - a Probiotic and electrolyte paste - I pack a lunch/snacks for myself and I share with my horse! I do have my cell phone, but getting a signal can be a chore!
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post #14 of 15 Old 09-17-2009, 04:35 PM
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Pocketknife. That is all I really need, great for tack emergencies and on-the-fly repairs. Also works as my hoof knife should I need it. I know where all the windmills are everywhere I ride (and creeks and buffalo wallows where there are no windmills). I am not shy about sticking my head in the creek right beside my horse for a drink. LOL.

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post #15 of 15 Old 09-18-2009, 02:41 PM
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The camelbak is a great idea! I know a girl that has one. I carry two large bottles of water for my horse and myself - there are streams where we ride and the horses have opportunities to drink (luckily, we've had a lot of rain this past summer!). I carry my little ER pack for my horse - I have something for a hoof injury - a Probiotic and electrolyte paste - I pack a lunch/snacks for myself and I share with my horse! I do have my cell phone, but getting a signal can be a chore!
I would say that anything like a backpack or camelback on your back could also be a hazard - you could get bucked off and get caught on your horse and dragged. In my (beginner) opinion, any loop or anything attached to you that could attach to a runaway horse is a hazard.

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