Saddlebag Checklist

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.

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Living Springs Ranch

Living Springs Ranch served as the scenic backdrop in "Counting Cadence," which can be found in the December issue of WH. Located in Simla, Colo., on the high plains near Colorado Springs, Living Springs Ranch hosts recreational activities for riders of all ages and at all levels of expertise. Many events include presentations by top rodeo competitors and horsemen and -women, such as rodeo cowboy Lyle Sankey and Arizona clinician Lee Smith. Ranch guests can bring their own horses or arrange to use ranch horses for many activities, which are held almost year-round.

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