A friend of mine invited me to go on a ride with him recently and we spent the day working our way up and down the Verde River. My parents ran a small training stable for many years and we showed on the local circuits. I was riding a horse long before I ever got on a bicycle and I miss being around them everyday. There’s just something special about these big animals. They demand respect and are a lot of work but you get back much more than you put in. Truth is, nothing puts things into proper perspective like cleaning stalls and a good brushing makes you both feel good.
I have mentioned this before but it is worth repeating. Make sure when you are sorting your gear for a trail ride or pack trip that you keep the most important gear on your person. That way if you are suddenly separated from your mount you still have what you need. Most people put their possibles in saddlebags or a Cantle pack but those will stay with the saddle which is going to stay on the animal when you come off and who knows how long it take you to you get ’em back.
I just wear my Wilderness Emergency Kit (WEK) around my waist.
Thanks Jeff. I enjoyed it and look forward to next time.