Trail riding is a blast. However, without the proper tools it can be difficult and dangerous. Here are 5 things you should never hit the trail without:
A Cell phone This is extra important if you will be riding alone. A cell phone could save you or your horse's life if you are lost, have fallen off, or your horse is hurt. If your phone has the capabilities to be tracked, its a good idea to turn this feature on. Even without the tracking feature, it is a good safety net. Put some family members and friends on speed dial in case you need them. Always carry the phone on your person not in a saddle bag. This will ensure you have it if you and your horse get separated. Besides the safety of having a phone, its nice to whip out to snap memorable pictures.
A Pocket Knife A pocket knife is a very handy tool to have under your belt. You can use a knife as a hoof pick if you horse has a rock stuck in his hoof. You can also use a knife to cut away brambles or briers if your horse gets stuck. It is also a good emergency tool to cut loose tack if needed. Make sure your knife is sharp and comfortable to carry. A multi-tool is a good idea to carry if you will be riding in areas with lots of fences. You may need to untwist or cut some fences to ride through. Just make sure you have permission first!
Water Water is a super important thing to have on a ride, especially if it's a long one. Horses may not mind drinking from creeks and puddles, but this is not the tastiest thing for us. If you are thirsty your ride will not be nearly as fun. In an emergency situation a water bottle could save you from dehydration.
Extra Rope Out on the trail anything can happen. Tack breaking is one of the most common things that can go wrong. Some extra rope is makes a perfect spare rein, bridle piece, saddle string, curb strap, etc. In addition you can use it to tie up your horse if need be. Paracord is my favorite rope to carry. It is super lightweight and super strong. 550 paracord has a breaking strength of 550 pounds. Paracord easy and fashionable to stash. A paracord survival bracelet or a bridle with a paracord noseband works well. You can purchase a great trail riding bridle with extra paracord braided on here.
A Helmet Any rider should wear a helmet no matter how, where, when, and what you are riding. However, when trail riding a helmet is extra important. On the trail you may encounter obstacles your horse may not know how to handle. This can increase the possibilities of you coming off. You're also more likely to hit a rock or a log if you fall. A cell phone won't do you any good if you don't have a helmet to protect you from going unconscious. Just be smart and wear a helmet.
What important things do you take on the trial? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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