There are few things in life I enjoy more then heading out camping with my horse. I’ve been camping with horses since I was just a boy and over the years I’ve picked up a few tricks and tips that have helped me and my horse have more fun and fewer mishaps. As a matter of fact, here’s a guide that I wrote with horse camping tips. And one of the most important things that you can do to ensure that you have a great time camping with your horse is having all the gear you need for you and your horse to be safe and comfortable while you’re out camping. So check out below for the most essential horse camping gear for you and your horse.
Camping Gear for Your Horse
- Make sure that you have a great Trail saddle before heading out camping. Always check that your saddle is in good condition prior to going. This includes checking straps and stirrups for any tears or weak points and also for making sure all hardware and Buchholzer in good working order. If you have a leather saddle you will likely want to make sure that it’s been coiled recently and that there are no cracks that could turn into brakes while riding.
- Gather up your horse bridle and check it over too. Just like with the saddle you want to check all of the straps and make sure that they are in good working condition. Look at the hardware, and he screws, and buckles and make sure that there are not damaged and if so make sure to replace any hardware before heading out.
- Saddle pads and blankets should be cleaned impact up. I like to make sure that I have a well-fitting and comfortable saddle pad for my horse as we often put many miles on while we’re out camping. I also like to make sure that I have at least one backup pad in case Ian is damaged.
- Horse halters and Lead ropes also need to be checked and packed. Just like with your other gear always check for any damage to straps and Hardware. Repair anything that needs to before heading out. Make sure that you have backup halters and Lead ropes as I’ve had more than once that a scared horse broke their lead and halter. Even a good Breakaway halter isn’t Fail-Safe.
- Whenever traveling make sure that you have like wraps to keep your horses leg protected well in the trailer. Leg wraps can also help protect your horses legs while on the trails. If you intend to be riding where the ground is particularly rough, or hilly a good pair of horse hoof boots maybe just the ticket. Horse hoof boots can also be used if your horse throws a shoe. This will help keep their hook safe and the keep the horse from getting sore and till you can find time to see the farrier.
- Make sure that you pack plenty of hay and feed for your horse. Make sure that you have hay bags and feed buckets and water buckets so that you can ensure that your horse always has access to food and water.
Horse Camping Gear for You
- Make sure that you have comfortable and properly fitting horse riding jeans or breeches when heading out camping. You will also want to make sure that you have layers appropriate for the weather conditions you’ll be facing. I always pack my cowboy hat and some sunglasses along with a jacket and my horse riding gloves. And of course you can’t forget your cowboy boots.
- Another very important thing to remember for you while riding out on the trails is to have a high quality horseback riding helmet. accidents can happen to any of us in the best way to protect your Noggin from any damage by wearing a helmet when you’re out there. Well it’s important to always have a helmet while riding I find it particularly important if you happen to be outdoors camping alone.
- I always keep at least one good-sized saddle bag with me when I’m out horse camping. These are great for storing snacks drinks your cell phone in any other extra items that you need while you’re out on the trails.
- I like to cook while I’m out camping with my horse, and while I’m no Gourmet Chef I always bring my trusty campfire tripod and Dutch oven. You’d be amazed what you can whip up with the right tools and when you’re out there camping nothing’s better than a well-cooked meal over a campfire.
- Always have water bottles, canteen, pour water jugs so that you can be hydrated while you’re out riding. Never underestimate how much water you’ll need while you’re out there camping. And not just water if you’re like me you like your morning coffee. I have a couple great camping coffee makers and I’m always sure to bring one with me when I’m out camping with my horse. Nothing better than waking up in the morning to a great cup of coffee before heading out and riding.
Fred is the editor of Equine Ridge. He grew up raising horses and has been riding, training, and competing for almost four decades. Fred started out performing on the AQHA and PHBA circuits. Fred trained other competitors in English and Western riding disciplines and today offers free riding lessons to youth who would otherwise not be able to afford lessons. When not working with horses he can be found backpacking or trying to brew the perfect cup of coffee. Email Fred at email@example.com