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    03-13-2012, 11:43 AM
If you can, take a few "practice trips" beforehand - maybe just an overnight, not too far from home. That way, if you do forget something or think of something else you should have brought, it's not going to be a HUGE deal but you can write it down and remember to bring it along on your next trip.

Depending on the accommodations, we either tie our horses or rent stalls at the campground. Stalls are always nice for longer trips, especially since it always seems to rain on us and it's nice to know the horses are under shelter and can turn and lie down. In the spring and fall we bring rain sheets, especially if there are no stalls available.

Be sure to plan out how much food your horse will need for the duration of the trip, and pack a little extra just in case. I always bring a tub of Finish Line Ultrafire electrolyte powder to mix in with their grain or water, and a small tub of bute powder, along with a horse first-aid kit and book. The electrolyte is a good thing to start them on a day or two before you leave - add a little to their water or grain. Some horses don't like to drink "strange" water in a new place, so when you get to your destination you can add a bit of the electrolyte to the water there to encourage them to drink.

Once fly season hits, you'll want to bring a bottle of fly spray, maybe a fly bonnet or mask for the campground if your horse is really sensitive to bugs.

Don't forget things to take care of yourself - a first aid kid, some bug spray and sunblock for yourself. Not to mention the usual toiletries. If there is a shower house at the campground, you may want to bring a pair of flip-flops to wear in the shower.

If you're camping primitive, bring a flashlight for those "night checks" on the horses. Propane camp lanterns are great for lighting up the campsite, especially when camping primitive.

Also helpful are those little "snap" glow sticks or bracelets that can be attached to a horse's halter at night so you can see them more easily. They're easy to attach, easy to spot, and can often be bought in bulk at really cheap prices from places like Oriental Trading Company.

When it comes to food/eating, we pack a lunch in the saddle bags (I have a fondness for bagels with flavored cream cheese, and some kind of salami or pepperoni - yum), little snack bags of chips or Chex mix, maybe beef jerky or summer sausage.

Although I have quite a few friends who like to drink beer when they're out riding, I just stick to bottled water. Nothing carbonated or fizzy. I may get those little individual-sized packets of Crystal Light or other flavored powders that you pour right into the bottle.

Consider bringing comfortable (but safe) shoes for around the campsite, like slip-on muck boots in case the ground is wet or muddy.

For campsite eating, again, it depends on what type of camping you're doing. . .but I like a good meal after a day on the trail.

If we're at a campground with electricity, I'll throw boneless skinless chicken breasts in the crock pot with a jar of chunky salsa and let it cook low while we go out riding. When we get back, I warm up flour tortillas on the propane skillet, grill some green and red peppers and onions, throw on some chopped jalepeno peppers, and we have ourselves some chicken burritos.


We have a small propane grill with different attachments (a grill, a burner, a skillet, etc), though I really prefer open-fire cooking for things like steaks and burgers.

Other favorite meals are red/black beans and rice with sausage, or chili. Finish off the evening with a red Solo cup of blackberry wine while we sit around the campfire. . .yep, I LOVE horse-camping.
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    03-14-2012, 04:50 PM
Years ago I made a Master Camping List and printed it out. I had a bunch of different categories of "Stuff". So now I just pull out a list and mark off when each item is LOADED. This is important--just because you think about packing an item doesn't mean it's actually in the bag.

Camping is easier now with a semi-living quarters trailer, but I still depend on the list. I can send it to you if you like. If I recall, there have been other posts about what to bring camping and I think several other riders also have lists they use.
    03-14-2012, 11:21 PM
Jolly thanks for the great tips, never would have thought of those glow stick thngs and the recipies sound wonderful. Traildancer I would love to have the list if you don't mind sendng it . Thank you
    03-15-2012, 11:13 PM
Just got my April 2012 Trail Rider magazine, it has 2 pages of Horse-Camping Items checklists.
    03-16-2012, 12:22 AM
Green Broke
Lots and lots of drinking water. You get quite dehydrated when riding, pile on 4 days in a row without drinking enough...Along with that, leave most if not all the alcohol at home as it will dehydrate you even worse.

Horse first aid kit suggestion: Grab some female hygiene "pads". Pads are very absorbant and sterile so work better then gauze. Just need some tape to hold it in place.

If you are going to use supplements for your horse while camping, try feeding them ahead of time at home. I have a horse that will literally refuse to eat his grain when he detects something he's not used to. Gives me this accusatory look like I'm trying to poison him.

I'm not sure if this is a state thing or federal but here in Oregon we have to take certified weed free hay to campgrounds. Best check that out for where you intend to camp.

Bring something you can seal your grain in. Odds are there'll be a ton of mice around and they enjoy a nice vacation too.

Bring a basic tool set along for repairs.

Bring a pitchfork and wheel barrow. Use them first to clean your trailer when you arrive. Now you have a dry place to hang out when it rains that is roomier then a LQ trailer or tent. Before leaving, clean up after yourself.
    03-21-2012, 01:33 PM
Artemisblossom--sorry! I forgot all about sending you a copy of that list. I will try to do it tonight when I get home.
    03-21-2012, 01:56 PM
Sharp pocket knife with about a 3" blade.
    03-25-2012, 11:01 AM
Did anyone mention a cell phone that can be used anywhere in the world with lots of battery power. Not cheap!
    03-25-2012, 11:08 AM
Thanks traildancer I got your list and thanks to everyone else for the great suggestions.

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