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post #1 of 17 Old 09-17-2009, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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What's in your saddle bags?

While working on this I started wondering what other people carry.

I generally carry the 19 items as listed below on any ride I go on

Emergency Kit - Contents List HERE
CompassRain Gear - These usually get tied behind the cantle
Snacks - Hard candy and or granola barsPocket knifeFirst Aid Items - bandage, antibiotic ointment, aspirin
Cell Phone (for emergencies) - Make sure you've ICED it!
Water Bottles
Hoof pick
Insect Repellent - I like the individual towelettes
Baling Twine - Almost as good as duck tape
Garbage Bag - List of uses HERE
Spare batteries

Looking forward to hearing what you do!

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post #2 of 17 Old 09-17-2009, 12:48 PM
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I have a .45 pistol in one side and some lunch and water in the other side and a slicker behind my cantle. I have a cell phone in my pocket but that's all I take.
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post #3 of 17 Old 09-17-2009, 03:17 PM
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I always have my water bottle, my knife, spare leather strings, my permit to ride on the state land (it's required, but I've never been asked by an authority to see it) and some snacks.
I also carry my phone, but it's in my pocket, like Kevin.


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post #4 of 17 Old 09-17-2009, 03:26 PM
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WOW - you are prepared!! I usually go on day rides - 4 to 6 hours most of the time. I take an ER pack for my horse in case of a hoof injury, a Probiotic paste and electrolyte paste - I carry snacks and water and usually a lemonade or something and I share with my horse! I do have my cell phone (but sometimes we have problems with a signal). I carry pest control spray for my horse and myself and a trash bag. If there is a chance of rain I will carry my slicker. My trailer is well stocked, too.
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post #5 of 17 Old 09-20-2009, 06:02 PM
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On a day trip, I'll carry water, duct tape, my cell phone, my horse's coggins (required where I usually ride), a knife, hoof pick, and a gun (I have a CWP).

On an over nighter, I'll add a slicker, some first aid supplies, a halter and lead, and some snacks.
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post #6 of 17 Old 09-22-2009, 12:00 AM
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I usually only do a couple hour rides on my BO's land, but I usually carry something to drink, a granola bar or two, a knife, a pick, my raincoat, and a pair of sports medicine boots*

*my horse I used to ride has bad ankles

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post #7 of 17 Old 09-24-2009, 02:26 AM
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I guess I'm really an unprepared gal after reading your posts. I carry a hoof pic, something to drink (beer or diet coke), and my cigs. Oh yeah and my cell phone in my pocket....as Iride once said, "the cell phone should stay with the one who can use it."
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post #8 of 17 Old 09-24-2009, 07:07 AM
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I tryed riding with my phone...It didn't survive that.

Note to self: Don't put phone in loose jumper pocket.

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post #9 of 17 Old 09-24-2009, 03:07 PM
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I usually carry beer, snacks, beer, leathermans tool, beer, cell phone, beer, pocket knife and did I mention beer......I usually ride on my own property.
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post #10 of 17 Old 09-24-2009, 09:08 PM
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I carry a good fold up knife in a special carrier fastened to the saddle, a small pack of kleenex to double as toilet paper, my sun glasses, a pair of hobbles and a pair of tight fitting leather gloves. I have a 3/8th 10 foot long neck rope so if |I need to tie the horse I can fashion a quick halter, it can double as reins or it is a good rope for whatever.
A water bottle is in a holder on the saddle but come winter I take it off.
I think alot of you carry alot of junk and just load the horses down

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