Horse back Riding EquipmentRiding equipment for the horse's back
Preparation of rider, horse and equipment for the trail
The purpose of this essay is to make us think about our springs and prepare ourselves for the upcoming hikes that we have been waiting for all the winter. This is the beginning of our preparation for the upcoming year. Our main focus is on the repair and preparation of tacks, halter pins and various kinds of camp equipment.
It is a check list of things you should do to prepare for your trails. At least I would divide the "preparation" into three categories: prepare ourselves, prepare our horse and prepare our turning points and equipment. Looking back over the years, some of my most unforgettable journeys have been undertaken with a shoelace money that was less than the most modern equipment and less experienced horse than we have today.
Christine and her husband Pierre have been preparing themselves for seven years now for their annual, self-guided trekking tours in the wild. They' re about 80 years old and are an inspirational source for all of us to have the right mindset to get the most out of the trails riding adventure. What can we really do to appreciate the paradox that is a walk: the nature that is beautiful, the simple and the unforeseen that we have not planned?
I don't really have the answers, but I know that releasing is everything if you want to spend your lesson, your days or your weeks along the way. Remember that our times on the road are a windows of occasion, a doorstep through which we go into another side of the earth.
There' s nothing more disturbing than riding a horse on a path with someone who checks his hand every half hours for overtime. Many things can and do go awry on a journey, such as changes in the wind, equipment that doesn't stop, routes that are more challenging and take longer than anticipated, horse jerks and equals; the lists go on and on.
You' ve got to make a pledge to live the journey no matter what. I could live only as a trailer jockey and wildlife traveller, because I accepted all the things that go awry, things that would make a healthy human being crazy, as a normal exercise, even as a challenging one.
Perhaps it will take a lot of practice and practice to help an individuum adjust and become well enough to really let go and spend the hour on the way. In the first ten years of our wedding, I knew that if my spouse had a smiling face after the first few weeks of a two-week drive, she probably invented new ways to kill me when we got home.
She can now walk for two whole week without loosing him, even if a pine twig meets her face or her horse is sitting in a dirt pit. Briefly, do not envision the flawless journey, but take it as it comes and savor it. As soon as you have the right setting, your horse becomes the cornerstone of a good or strenuous time.
It' very hard to give fast directions for the right horse on a hiking tour. On the one hand the subject could fill two volumes, on the other hand the track relations and drivers can be very different. Our farm, for example, needs robust, large-legged, simple horse owners who are able to handle different weight and loading situations.
However, there are innumerable humans who have been riding well deboned horse for innumerable long periods and have been doing so successfully for years. Your point is to tailor your horse to you and the way you want to go on your trails. It has always been my belief that with the increasing weight of the horse or the burden, the horse's weight must be increased.
Seeing a 220-pound horse on a finely deboned horse with small legs, I think to myself: "Go ahead, enjoying your trip, but for your own and the horse's own sakes, loose 100 quid or buy a larger horse before you're out on back roads and longer journeys. "Also remember that trailer drivers usually fill their seats with snacks, additional clothes, camera's, trailer axles, etc..
It' absolute truth that a smaller footing can be a good footing, as is the case with many Arab horse and mule animals, but if you do not compare the qualities and sizes of the bones and footing with the riding and work on the trails, it will probably only be a question of getting to know the many diseases that can afflict a horse' s footing and hoof.
Select a horse that fits you and the kind of trailer riding you do. The harder the track and the bigger the weight, the more the horse should have solidity. When you have the feeling that a trailer horse is your guide on the fields, in the paddocks and in the paddocks, you will experience a whole new experience when you accompany him on the longer tours.
Living together for a few whole day on the way, you will get to know all the peculiarities, good customs, poor customs, strong and weak points of your horse (and yourself). Do you know when I really appreciate a horse? I didn't even realize it when I stayed two whole week on a track that threw everything at me for more than 100 leagues and didn't even have to think about this horse at the end of the journey.
There are many good words that describe the amorphous horse with a spirit with which it can pass a river: sincere, no problems, sincere, dependable, respectful, quick to react and more. The majority of horsemen riding with one eye fixed in the mirrors and believe that looks matter and family tree affairs; million of bucks exchange palms when buying a horse with a pitch in the queue.
However, I pledge to you that if your horse is fighting you on the trails, if it buzzes around on every blank cliff, garbage or birds, if it starts, if you climb it, if you want to stay and admire the landscape, if you grab your lunches or your rainsuit... then your appearance and your ancestry will become further away than your lorry and your follower.
Each year, how many humans are injured or murdered on the track because they have ridden a horse that was not dependable? To prepare for your upcoming riding out, you should familiarize yourself with where your horse's workout takes place. Don't just hop on your horse, because it was good to be riding three month before.
Ensure that the horse is equipped with broken posts and straps (stands still when restrained and standing when the leash or rein falls to the ground). Make sure the horse is still when you climb up. Make sure that the horse will respect you and that you have reached a full "union".
" Make sure that the horse reacts gently to your signals on the floor and in the seat. To move forward free, to move over when you are on the floor, and to ride and pack, and to move back are normal requirements for trailshorse. Don't make excuses for your horse if it doesn't do the above things free and easy.
Make sure to prepare your horse's legs for the upcoming seasons. My tendency is to keep the foot of my horse slightly less trimmed in cold winters than in the six week period advised, as my horse's foot rate is slower in cold winters, and my horse's foot is very firm, thick-walled and has no tears or other problem.
A horse's foot must be kept in the state necessary to be able to ride with barefoot or to wear footwear of your own choosing. If the blacksmith appears and expects to cover a horseshoe with large pieces of footwear lacking, this is not comfortable for the horse, the blacksmith or himself. Research boot type and speak to blacksmiths before you decide what is best for your hike and area.
Footwear will always make you feel safe when you ride over many types of rugged terrain. Let's take a look at your seat, your turning points and your equipment. They should use high grade leathers in all parts, incl. saddles, rigs, saddlebags, ax and sheaths. When you are a smartshopper, you can buy top of the range saddlebags for under $200.
This 11 x 11 saddlebag and raincover with a hot waistcoat inside offer space for everything you really need. Make sure to compensate for the weight of the gears on both sides of your horse. Even though you shouldn't really need saddlebags that are bigger than 9 x 9 sizes, I still favour 10 x 10 or 11 x 11 sizes, as there are periods when I have to stock lightweight, cumbersome waistcoats and so on.
I have seen horsemen several evenings who, after fighting to get on and off high up with a synthetical saddlebag and a single system of the cantle, threw the saddlebags aside a few nights later and swore never to use them again. Since we often go out after arriving at our destination, we often put a small daypack, slightly laden, on the off side of the Sattelhorn.
A lot of tour leaders like to carry their backpacks on their backs while driving, but I never really liked the feeling and could never see the benefit. We' re using a three-quarter-length tracking ax. It has a smaller diameter than a regular or cleaving Polaxt because it is designed to cut through knots and falls in a rush.
This is usually a matter of individual preference, but make sure that the overall weights on the outside of the seat, as well as the saddlebags, are the same as those on the outside. Our riding apparel is wrapped in elastic or cowhide wraps around our bugles like a tightrope would do, because we are always guiding the horse and the stress of the guide wire rubs and the cowhide carries the bugleskin.
Bind a ring to a front lace on the front and use it to bind your leash and not your bugle. It is a well stiffened trailer semitrailer with hooded hoods and a ring to bind the guide cable. It helps keep your shoes protected, keeps your legs dryer and warmer, and prevents your legs from getting stuck in the temple.
It also prevents poles from going through the stirrups and entering the horse's intestines, a very genuine drama that every year spies on the horse and hurts them. They can manage on shorter journeys with a badly fitted riding seat, but heavier weights, up and down terrains and long day trips make a correctly fitted seat a must.
While your lightweight Lustsattel is good for easy use, Scookum journeys demand them. Our preference is for a double-jammed rope seat that has some sort of stability to stabilise the burden, although the correct fitting probably goes further with the stabilisation of the burden than the actual burden of the seat itself. Ensure that the back pawl is always tight and helps to stabilise the loads and reduce movements and frictions.
When your back belt is looser, it will do no good at all and be a snare for poles that protrude into the bowel - remove it. Breast straps are useful on all types of saddle and are necessary for shallow, stomach-ravaged stallions and hills. If the horse is standing still and you are pulling forward at the breast collars, you want two to three inch space between the collars and the breast.
Maintain the horse's load at a low level. Usually we have a lightweight rain suit, hot cloak, mittens, lunches, snacks, small cameras, small telescopes, maps, spotlights and tracking ax on our horse. Ongoing technology enhancements to clothes, shoes and camp equipment have deceived us all into thinking that we have to spend $1,000 at the supplier's supermarket before we can take the road.
Keeping you cool, hot and confortable in bad conditions is easy with standard equipment and camping equipment. Well, good luck with the preparation for the upcoming trailersaison. Walking is a time slot. In order to truly reap its benefits, we must let go of our aspirations, worries and state-of-the-art equipment.