What to Pack When You Go on a Horse Trail Ride

Recreational horse riding is one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have. If you are a horse rider you understand the thrill and joy it brings you to ride with your horse in open spaces and through forests. If you are a new rider there are some things that you need to learn. PCCBCHW offers events where we educate new riders on etiquette and how to be safe on the horse trails. In today’s feature, we want to give you some guidance on what to pack when you go on a trail ride.

It is good to have a list of things you need so you can tick it off as you pack it. This is the best way to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Always remember the following:

Studs – To help your horse have traction and so he doesn’t slip.

Boots – If your horse is wearing studs, he must have boots. For your horse’s own safety, make sure to never put studs on without boots.

Protective gear – Make sure to pack your horse’s protective gear to keep him safe and to avoid rashes and such things.

Riding gear – The saddle, saddle pad, half pad, and girth is next on my list. These are obviously quite important and some of the bigger things you must take.

Once your horse has all his gear, it is important to remember yours.

Boots and spurs – It is important to have your protective foot gear. Also, make sure that you have thick enough socks as you will be in the boots for a while.

Safety gear – Remember all your own safety gear like protective vests and obviously your helmet. Always keep the weather in mind.

It is also very important to carry some basic essentials like a small first-aid kit that has the basics for both human and horse ailments. One of the most important things you must always have on a trail ride is water. Chances are that there will be water along the way for your horse, but always pack enough for you and your horse. A dehydrated horse is not something you want on a long trail ride.