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Horse Camping: Pack it up

Check off the items on this list before heading out on a camping trip with your horse.

By Jennifer Nice | July 2011 Extra

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When it comes to packing for a camping trip, there are definitely some essentials you need to bring. Here is a list of must-haves.

  • Sufficient supply of water for you and your horse. Even if the campground has a water source for horses, bring your own—about 10 to 12 gallons per day.
  • Horse blankets and rain sheets
  • Extra reins, girth, halter, lead rope and saddle pad
  • Tools for tack repairs
  • Fly spray and fly mask
  • Mosquito repellent and sunscreen for you
  • Enough hay for the days you will be camping, plus the drive to and from your destination.
  • Inquire if your hay needs to be certified weed-free.
  • Grain
  • Water and feed buckets
  • Hay bags
  • Grooming supplies and sponges
  • Gloves
  • Set of hoof boots
  • Duct tape
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Muck fork and bucket
  • Matches
  • High-line rope, tree savers and carabiners
  • First-aid kit
  • Saddlebags packed with water bottles, sunscreen, lip balm, toilet paper, aspirin, a small flashlight, hoof pick, multipurpose tool, hoof boot, roll of self-adhesive veterinary wrap, spare straps, snacks and basic first-aid supplies.

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