AllHorseStuff was wondering what I carry in my saddlebags, when out on a ride. More usually than not, if the ride is a local “round the corner ride” I take maybe only a few snacks for me and the horse. But if the ride is a long ride, or over hill country, thats a bit different. So I thought I might share with you, the things I carry. here goes!
First off, my Cavalry “style” saddle bags! They can carry a fair bit of kit! Leather, and well made.
Next?…Map and Compass (essential!)
I always use a large scale map, 1:25000
Hoof boots! x 2! Lighter than metal shoes and nails!
Then we have, watertight tin with scissors, tweezers, sutures, needles, Bandages, elastic and otherwise.
A tube of Oral Sedative Gel, lasts about 6 hours, directions on the box! Great when horse has a cut that needs stitching! Or you need to remove an object from the lower leg etc.
Finally, I always carry fixed to me, usually on my lower leg, a complete set of personal details, plus medical info!
I must also point out, I carry a sharp knife, plus hoof pick. Then comes enough food for me for the day, and I also carry around 4 pounds of grain for the horse, and a 2 litre water container!
Hope that helps KK!