Yeah on the duct tape.
And a small sewing kit, a Leatherman tool, some basic first aid stuff, spare socks, water-tablets, a good compass and some maps. I already got's all that stuff, plus a big poncho that doubles as a small tent.
I'm perty good at that sort of thing. There's been many times that I've spent 3 days in the woods, with nothing besides a canteen and what I could carry in a butt-pack.
I thought about a cell phone but sort of tossed that out because there wouldn't be any way to keep it charged up.
I didn't know a horse could eat beans. Seems like it would make them awfully gassy....is "gassy" a word?
I guess my biggest concern aint for me because I know how to make-do. It's for my horses and how to make this as easy on them as possible.
I figure that besides staying sort of close to water and grass, I need to concentrate on keeping things light. I'm a fair sized guy and between me, my saddle and rigging, my riding-horse has to cary close to 260 pounds. I'm hoping to keep my pack-load to under 100.
They both ride....but they each require a different-sized saddle. So that perty-much eliminates my being able to switch-out which horse does what. The good part is that Charley is the strongest and he's allways been the leader anyway. Lacey just naturaly follows him and can't stand his being out of sight....so she aint apt to run off, even if she had the chance.
Thanks for everyone's input so far.
And thanks for the idea about boots. My horses has never worn shoes, so boots might be something to look into.