Things to think about as you begin to prepare for your next trail ride. I hope they will help you
have a safe and enjoyable trail ride.
1. Be prepared. Know where you are going. Make sure you have good directions
or a map. If at all possible, talk with someone who has ridden there before. Finding out how
far and through what type of terrain you'll be riding can tell you a lot about which horse to
bring and what additional equipment you'll need. A compass can prove very helpful.
2. Make sure you carry adequate food and water for both
you and your horse. Even if they are supposed to be provided, pack some anyway. I've
seen many 2-day trips turn into 3 days. Bring an extra bale of hay and a box of Milky Ways just in case.
Aid. Carry a good sized, fully-stocked first aid kit in your trailer. For all day
outings, another smaller kit in your saddle bags is suggested. Your horse's physical care
should also be thought of in advance. Anytime you're traveling, bring colic medicine along.
With it, you can stop a little gas from turning into a major problem, miles from a
veterinarian. Horseman's Dream, vet wrap, Furox, and a hoof pick are also good to have
with you. Always carry a sharp pocket knife for emergencies.
4. Condition yourself and your horse for the ride.
Most trail riders will tell you that a 30 mile ride can become miserable if you're not in
shape for it. Your equine buddy could find it equally trying if he hasn't been conditioned
also. Make sure you know how to identify heat exhaustion, both human and equine, and learn
how to treat it.
5. Always ride with a buddy.
6. Booze and horses don't mix. Wait till after
the ride to enjoy a "cool one".
Safe Trails are Happy Trails!
Persistence, Patience and Praise!