Overnight trip with your horse and a Cowbell!
In our last post we went over some tips and activities to train your horse before heading out on an overnight trip with your horse, well I have one more activity tip that I would like to share.
Another good tip is to get your horse used to a cowbell. A cowbell is an absolutely essential item when traveling. When making camp, you should bell the lead horse and then the hobbled horses can graze far and wide; you’ll always find them in the morning.
A second useful trick, if the grass is good, is to stake one horse and hobble the others, expecting that the herd attachment will keep them all together.
The first rule about bringing equipment on your overnight and extended trail rides is: Try not to!
One of the best experiences about riding the trail is that wonderful romantic feeling of freedom, just you and your horse and maybe a companion or two, out in nature, under the stars. You can leave behind your Other Life, and enjoy your time in the saddle, traveling through beautiful country, feeling free and easy.
That’s why the last thing you want to do is bring half of everything you own on the trail with you. It’s easy to get into trouble if you fail to carefully prepare for your journey.
Everyone has an opinion about this, of course, and while they might advise you to leave behind the electric coffee pot, they might just as enthusiastically insist you bring the contents of a veterinarian’s mobile van.
This is when an experienced voice can guide you on what is essential for the trail, and what is actually just extra weight.
This experience does not come easily, I’d like to add. There is a saying that “you don’t know what you don’t know”, and I can assure you that I paid the price to find out.
After one or two trail rides in which you fail to plan properly, you get real clear on the idea of leaving everything behind.
So, with this in mind, in my next post I’ll share my rhinestones of wisdom starting with What to Bring and What to Leave Behind!
See you all until next time!