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Skip my word vomit below for the questions haha.

So with the nice weather I'm gonna be executing my plan to go for long in-hand hikes and/or rides with Katie. I've actually got some intense hikes planned out towards the end of the year when it's cooled and I wanna train as my short stride makes it really hard to keep up with the group! So in addition to riding I've been jogging... with Katie. By my side. Yup all that ground work paid off coz she's an angel. She actually realllly loves trotting with me. She stays at my side always, gives me space, doesn't bump or trample me and automatically falls behind as the path gets narrower. Doesn't try to grab snacks when we're working out. Makes a great lean-to when I feel like I'm gonna go into cardiac arrest and in my dreams, if I break a leg, I can magically mount her and be taken home like Aragorn in lord of the rings. :ZZZ: LOL

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But I wanna go out for really long hikes too and I have to use my own feet to get strong but feel bad going to all these lovely areas without her. So ... I decided she can come with me. She will be bitted for safety control on the roads, hi vis and helmet all that jazz. She will also be saddled as it'd still be nice to mix it up with some riding and a canter here and there if I decide. But beyond that I'm at a loss what else I should consider and what to take?

- We will be starting off with around 3 hours going up to even 12 hiking (exceptional days), at a reasonable walk and with breaks. I will slowly be increasing the amount I'm carrying instead of her but totally will use her as an *oh so poor pack horse* at the start.
- There will be grass available and water stops coz it's London not the Australian wilds ;)
- There will be road work but the main bulk of the hikes will be on grass etc so as not to kill both our legs

MY questions are:

1.What essentials for long hikes/rides should I take? (outside of the normal human-only stuff) I already take a hoof pick and headcollar/leadrope if riding. If I wont be saddling her I want to know what I should be stashing in rucksack.

2. How best to pack a horse? Like what if, what if, I needed to take extra water, lunches etc?

3. If we're going out for an exceptionally long time is there anything I should consider outside of standard breaks etc?

4. How best to tie her when having a break? Some twine around a tree trunk then tie as normal? Goes without saying all trash stays with me!

5. As weather is getting hotter I usually add a tablet to help with electrolytes, anything I should take to add to her for water? I'm a saddo, I already have a collapsible water bucket.

6. Food? Should I take some mix with us for lunch?


I feel a bit of a princess asking this just for long day hikes (no camping or overnights) haha. But I'm also a bit anxious and am a habitual over-preparer. That's right, I take my life with me when I go on holiday. It makes packing for a seven day hike across the "wild" a real challenge >.<
 

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Whatever you pack on Katie you want even weight on each side so some saddle bags would be nice.

Water for you and I'd be taking some food for the long hikes (to be honest I'd take some even on the short hikes LOL). Maybe even a baggie of Katie's feed so you can have a snack together.

First-aid kit with items for the both of you.

Flash light and extra batteries just in case. Lighter/matches and one of those silver blankets, which are also just in case items.

Rain gear

One of those multi-purpose tools the name of which is escaping me at the moment. Pliers, wire cutter, a tiny saw are some of the capabilities of it.
 

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How long are you planning to be gone? We usually ride @4 hours(endurance training) , let the mares graze at whatever grass they choose, and carry carrots, which are given as a reward after every drink out of the creeks or puddles. The hoomans don’t eat, only drink water....females, that is. The men ALWAYS have to eat.

Sounds like fun!
 

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Skip my word vomit below for the questions haha.

So with the nice weather I'm gonna be executing my plan to go for long in-hand hikes and/or rides with Katie. I've actually got some intense hikes planned out towards the end of the year when it's cooled and I wanna train as my short stride makes it really hard to keep up with the group! So in addition to riding I've been jogging... with Katie. By my side. Yup all that ground work paid off coz she's an angel. She actually realllly loves trotting with me. She stays at my side always, gives me space, doesn't bump or trample me and automatically falls behind as the path gets narrower. Doesn't try to grab snacks when we're working out. Makes a great lean-to when I feel like I'm gonna go into cardiac arrest and in my dreams, if I break a leg, I can magically mount her and be taken home like Aragorn in lord of the rings. <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/zzzz.gif" border="0" alt="" title="ZZZ" class="inlineimg" /> LOL

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But I wanna go out for really long hikes too and I have to use my own feet to get strong but feel bad going to all these lovely areas without her. So ... I decided she can come with me. She will be bitted for safety control on the roads, hi vis and helmet all that jazz. She will also be saddled as it'd still be nice to mix it up with some riding and a canter here and there if I decide. But beyond that I'm at a loss what else I should consider and what to take?

- We will be starting off with around 3 hours going up to even 12 hiking (exceptional days), at a reasonable walk and with breaks. I will slowly be increasing the amount I'm carrying instead of her but totally will use her as an *oh so poor pack horse* at the start.
- There will be grass available and water stops coz it's London not the Australian wilds 😉
- There will be road work but the main bulk of the hikes will be on grass etc so as not to kill both our legs

MY questions are:

1.What essentials for long hikes/rides should I take? (outside of the normal human-only stuff) I already take a hoof pick and headcollar/leadrope if riding. If I wont be saddling her I want to know what I should be stashing in rucksack.

2. How best to pack a horse? Like what if, what if, I needed to take extra water, lunches etc?

3. If we're going out for an exceptionally long time is there anything I should consider outside of standard breaks etc?

4. How best to tie her when having a break? Some twine around a tree trunk then tie as normal? Goes without saying all trash stays with me!

5. As weather is getting hotter I usually add a tablet to help with electrolytes, anything I should take to add to her for water? I'm a saddo, I already have a collapsible water bucket.

6. Food? Should I take some mix with us for lunch?


I feel a bit of a princess asking this just for long day hikes (no camping or overnights) haha. But I'm also a bit anxious and am a habitual over-preparer. That's right, I take my life with me when I go on holiday. It makes packing for a seven day hike across the "wild" a real challenge >.<

This sounds like so much fun! I can’t wait to be able to do something like this one day. I don’t have any advice for you because, well, I’m not experienced at all. As far as preparing for hiking for yourself, I would maybe suggest the Camino de Santiago group on fb. These folks have the hiking thing licked.

Have fun 😊
 

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How long are you planning to be gone? We usually ride @4 hours(endurance training) , let the mares graze at whatever grass they choose, and carry carrots, which are given as a reward after every drink out of the creeks or puddles. The hoomans don’t eat, only drink water....females, that is. The men ALWAYS have to eat.

Sounds like fun!
:rofl: that means I must be a man :rofl: :oops:
Raya was highly insulted when I was nibbling on a granola bar while riding last weekend and not offering her some too :shock: :rofl:

To the OP, if you are hiking at places where you expect some grass and water, then no extra food (except treats) for the horse is needed. Apples and carrots (and granola bars :wink:) can be shared between horse and human and will also not squish like bananas will when packed.
 

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Might I suggest strongly a full roll of vet-wrap or its equivalent and a sterile dressing or two. Tuck those dressings inside the roll center...
You will be carrying water to rinse out any injury site already.
If you can find something light in weight like antibiotic cream a small tube of that.
A roll-on of bug repellent that can be used by either human or horse too...they make them real small so easily packed and not much weight to carry.
Look into a insulated saddle bag that would attach to saddle cantle cause your hands are then free and honestly, Katie carrying a few pounds is nothing for her and much for you.
Evenly weight your load so the balance is better for either of you to carry and not get sore, tired muscles...
Whether riding or walking, I would saddle the horse so you have use of the saddle to carry any load and secure it safely padding her spine from ropes and weight digging into/against it.
Saddling also just gave you the option of exercise you choose, but also if you were to twist a ankle of getting home astride with less damage instead of walking on a injured limb for miles...
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When I ride out alone for more than a couple hours I carry

multi tool on my belt
ID tag on my horse's saddle, in case we get separated
1st aid kit (a tiny hiker one from REI, plus horse stuff -- vet wrap, a sanitary pad (nonstick bandage), couple other things
sunscreen and bug dope (for me)
hoofpick
cotton bandanna (100 uses!)
water bottle and protein bar
compass and trail map
cell phone (on me not my horse; she only knows how to use dial phone)

halter under the bridle, snap reins double as lead rope -- if I planned to tie I'd take a real lead rope.
rain poncho if there was any chance of weather

And probably some other stuff I forget. If I'm hiking without a horse I take all but the horse stuff. Plus more food because I use up more calories hiking than riding.
 

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When I ride out alone for more than a couple hours I carry

multi tool on my belt
ID tag on my horse's saddle, in case we get separated
1st aid kit (a tiny hiker one from REI, plus horse stuff -- vet wrap, a sanitary pad (nonstick bandage), couple other things
sunscreen and bug dope (for me)
hoofpick
cotton bandanna (100 uses!)
water bottle and protein bar
compass and trail map
cell phone (on me not my horse; she only knows how to use dial phone)

halter under the bridle, snap reins double as lead rope -- if I planned to tie I'd take a real lead rope.
rain poncho if there was any chance of weather

And probably some other stuff I forget. If I'm hiking without a horse I take all but the horse stuff. Plus more food because I use up more calories hiking than riding.

All of the above plus a leather shoe lace and a WHISTLE. That sound carries farther than a human call.
A banana pack works well if you have rings on your saddle to tie it to.
 

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I bring water, bug repellent, cell phone. Have a lead rope horse wears a halter under bridle. Usually have some granola bars. Keep toilet paper in saddle bag and a Sharp knife. That's it we do 5 plus hour rides. Horses will drink from any water source be it puddles or lakes.

Phone has a GPS on it ,never have needed it.
 

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@greentree for a few hours working out way up to entire days - eventually I gotta be able to cover rougher terrain, including marshes, at speed. And I really lack speed!
@JCnGrace swiss knife? I have one but it's never left the house whoops
@MNgirl thank you! Though have a lot of work to do in training us both for in-hand and ridden distances. I don't have fb sadly (I actually am one of those people that check my phone once a day >.<) but I will ask a friend to look up and ask as well!
@SwissMiss I've not yet eaten ON a horse but I'll be sure to report when I do haha!
@horselovinguy thanks for the reminder about wound care. I can pilfer some stuff from work. I know for a fact on the way home I'll be longingly looking up at that saddle...

cell phone (on me not my horse; she only knows how to use dial phone)
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I have snap reins already but am kinda scared to use them as they are bungee material(?) with no break clasp in the middle >.< I defo want an endurance bridle type where I can disconnect the bit. Ok and a tag I can attach to Katie directly..
@Dustbunny whistle! I like this coz even though its a national park and nowhere near as big as the wilds ( I mean it's IN London right? ) it's still **** big enough.
 

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@greentree for a few hours working out way up to entire days - eventually I gotta be able to cover rougher terrain, including marshes, at speed. And I really lack speed!

@JCnGrace swiss knife? I have one but it's never left the house whoops

@MNgirl thank you! Though have a lot of work to do in training us both for in-hand and ridden distances. I don't have fb sadly (I actually am one of those people that check my phone once a day >.<) but I will ask a friend to look up and ask as well!

@SwissMiss I've not yet eaten ON a horse but I'll be sure to report when I do haha!

@horselovinguy thanks for the reminder about wound care. I can pilfer some stuff from work. I know for a fact on the way home I'll be longingly looking up at that saddle...

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I have snap reins already but am kinda scared to use them as they are bungee material(?) with no break clasp in the middle >.< I defo want an endurance bridle type where I can disconnect the bit. Ok and a tag I can attach to Katie directly..

@Dustbunny whistle! I like this coz even though its a national park and nowhere near as big as the wilds ( I mean it's IN London right? ) it's still **** big enough.
Just put snaps on whatever reins you like best. I tried many, and ended up with laced leather hunter type reins. I like that they break easy if stepped on.
Eating while moving is a trick, has to be a one-handed meal. No hamburgers! That's why I like protein bars (the kind I like are basically peanuts in bar form).

The multi-tool I use is a Leatherman -- Gerber is another excellent brand. Swiss Army is no longer a good brand as far as I can tell.
 

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For reins and "trail riding" I like something like these..
https://www.chicksaddlery.com/braided-nylon-trail-reins-10-foot

10' long with easily managed strong snaps on each end.
They easily become a lead shank or able to tie to most anything along the trail if I need a 2 minute private moment. :icon_rolleyes:
They can get wet, and they dry with no stiffness happening.
They are long enough my horse can stretch to the ground and I have rein in my hand yet.
Cheap enough so if they pull or snag being they are a braided cord I'm not freaking...
In summer swelter my hands sweat as does my whole body and that of my horse...these reins don't get slimy feeling or gross to handle nor do they get slippery or slick.
I've gone swimming with these and had a blast cause no need to worry about ruining the leather. :|

For a bridle you might look into something such as this...https://www.chicksaddlery.com/tough-1-nylon-halterbridle-combo-with-reins

I normally despise nylon because of the no-break material it is...so if I were to use this my horses would never be tied by it or left alone for one second ever...
There are many materials constructed from and various prices from many vendors.
Most though have 7' - 8' reins length at most...
I prefer longer reins and would just purchase separately.
This actually then gives you nice length snap-straps to use for other jobs with Katie.:smile:
I actually though just use a flat halter under my bridle and slip bridle off for grazing when needed...
My horses are behaved enough I can ride with halter and shanks anyplace and not be in danger.

Also consider no matter what kind of reins you use they are either one-piece or can be knotted so you not drop one when doing something like snacking astride...
I find buckle reins have limitations to them when doing trail stuff sometimes and for me just to short.:frown_color:

I happen to eat apples when trail-riding as they pack easily and my horses love apples so no trail-waste...and they get to partake of a snack to wet their dry mouth.
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I used to hand walk my arab down the road when he was no longer ridable. He really seemed to enjoy it too! Never took more than a halter/lead though since we weren't out for hours.

If you plan on doing this a lot then I highly recommend getting a pair of Ariat Terrain boots as they are basically a hiking boot with a heel. I've had the same pair for years and literally hiked all over the western U.S. and can't wear them out! I still use them at the barn and for riding all the time. They are comfortable--never had a blister or anything. Also waterproof--I tested it.

And don't forget to use your phone to take photo's and video to show us later. :D
 
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