What Do I Take?

Tips to help you have fun and stay safe horseback riding.

Tips to help you have fun and stay safe horseback riding.

Use these tips for a fun and safe trail ride with friends. Journal photo.

From America’s Horse

If you and your horse-crazy friends are planning a trail ride, here’s a checklist of what you should wear and items you should take with you:

  • Head protection: Wear an approved riding helmet on the trail. If you are more style- than safety-conscious, wear at least some kind of hat with a visor or wide brim for sun protection.
  • Sun protection: Dress in layers and carry a slicker and extra socks in your saddlebag.
  • Riding pants: Wear jeans that fit well and are a good length. Half or full chaps will protect your legs in cold weather and brushy conditions.
  • Footwear: Wear boots, not sneakers.

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  • Emergency equipment: Carry human and horse first-aid supplies in your saddlebag, as well as a hoof pick, a plastic hoof-shaped boot in case your horse throws a shoe, an elastic bandage, fly spray, sunscreen, bug repellant, cell phone, compass, knife, extra rope and ties.

Keep the halter on your horse under the bridle, put the lead rope in your saddlebag or on your saddle.

  • Red Ribbon: Tie this to your horse’s tail to alert other riders if your horse has a tendency to kick.

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With this checklist of trail ride must-haves, you’re sure to have a successful and fun adventure with your horse and friends.

7 thoughts on “What Do I Take?”

  1. BALING TWINE!!! That stuff is a life saver! From snapped reins to lost lead ropes to holding your jeans up when they’re always falling down. Anyone with a horse has a ton and a half of twine, it is so useless! Always make sure you bring a few lines of it in your saddle bag or even tied to the saddle. Its like duct tape, you can fix anything with it. I’ve even been able to fashion a halter out of the stuff when mine broke on the trails, it holds a lot of weight, very strong. Keep that in mind.

  2. I also keep a couple disposable diapers in my pack, they are absorbent in the event of bleeding, and can also be used along with duct tape for hoof injuries, also great for riders in the event of bleeding or helping to splint an injury.

  3. These are all very good tips, but I would disagree with the comment that for the “style” conscious, a wide-brimmed hat substitutes for a helmet. It simply does not … and your head is too important for anyone as influential as AQHA to suggest riding on trails without one.

    I work as a Coroner here in British Columbia, and last year we had three deaths of riders over the year within the province alone. All three would almost certainly have been prevented if the riders had been wearing helmets.

    For the “style conscious” put on your helmet, and then put on a cover that makes it LOOK less like a helmet (there are lots of these around now) but it will still give you that essential protection.

  4. well folks let me tell you,helmet its not gone save your life,you just need a good hat…and a good one Leatherman wave…thats all
    And can say that is a old man who just did a 1.000 miles trail ride,from Presidio,Tx to Mexico city…

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