You've heard the old adage, "If a horse can get hurt he will." Nowhere is there more opportunity for injury and emergency situations than on the trail. With a little planning and a well-stocked saddlebag, however, you can handle most minor circumstances. And, if an emergency occurs, you and your horse have a better chance of reaching safety. To help you hit the trail prepared, I've compiled a list of my personal saddlebag components, plus handy items to include if there's room. Keep in mind that "first aid" is just that - basic care given at the scene until more extensive measures can be taken. I'm a minimalist: I don't overload a horse with heavy saddlebags. Instead, I take only what I need to survive until I reach the trailer.
First-Aid for HeatstrokeKnow how to handle this hot-weather emergency.
Comfort Along the Colorado TrailAfter reading March's print feature "The Colorado Trail," are you ready to set out on your own horseback adventure along the historical pathway? If so, here are some of the facilities available in the Arkansas Valley area for you and your horse to bunk for the night. (For more options, purchase a copy of The Colorado Trail: The Official Guidebook at The Colorado Trail Store, 303-384-3729; www.coloradotrail.org.)
The Black HillsThis emerald oasis is an island in a vast sea of prairie.
High-Country Trail RideI was loping up a beautiful high mountain valley on my sturdy Quarter Horse, Scarlet Mark, with a swiftly running river off to my right and majestic snowcapped mountains surrounding me on three sides.