Sunday, May 5, 2013

Camping with your horse

The weather here in Oregon has been just wonderful this week.  We were able to put our Indie out to pasture to just let him be a horse.  I think part of being a good horse owner is recognizing your horse, just like you, needs a break to from the show ring.  One thing I have always wanted to do was take our horses camping with us, but I can honestly say I wouldn’t know the first thing about how to do it.  I started doing some checking around, just like I did for our first show.  I knew there had to be a website out there with a list of everything to take with you and what to do when you are there.  I found a website just like this called Camping and Horses.

Camping and Horses has everything you can think of when it comes to camping with you horse.   There are three separate lists: What to take with you, first aid kit supplies and a check list for your ride.  Great information!

Here’s a link to the website:

Another great link they have on the website is for horse lodging.



  1. Hi there,

    I found your blog via facebook, and thought I could help with the camping aspect! My mom has been a horse show mom for 20 years. We started by showing open shows and 4-H. When I was a freshman in High School, we started showing Quarter Horse. I am 24 now, have a degree, and I am slowing down on the showing; I need to focus on my career.

    Horses need time to be a horse, I agree. I put mine out everday, if it is not raining or 100 degrees out. She gets put in a dry lot or a partially shaded pasture lot. She is in her stall at night. I have her on a strict schedule, she is much happier and performs better. It helps with her joints and her mind. I also take her on trails, mainly on flat ground.

    My mom trail rides a lot. Her and her camping friends take their horses to different parks on the weekends. They all bring their campers and they tie the horses on a tag line. Just make sure your line is not too loose (make it loose enough for them to lay down though), use a hay bag to feed them(un hook it when they are done, so they do not get tangled), and watch them. Take them water often, before they eat, after they are eating, after you are done riding, before they eat dinner, after they eat dinner, ect. My mom and her friends always have one of their husbands there to watch the horses that are not being rode(the guys never really ride), just incase anything would happen.

    Make sure you have enough hay and grain(if you feed it), water buckets, hose for water, lots of fly spray, and a sheet or liner for your horse if it gets cold out at night.

    They have saddle bags that go over their horns. They put beverages in them, snacks, kleenex, fly spray, and their cell phones. Most saddles have leather tassles on the back; they tie sweatshirs or rain coats on them in case it gets cold or rains. I hope this help you. I just started going on trail rides regularly this year(I never did before, because I was always showing), it is a blast! My horse loves it too!!

  2. Here's a link someone gave me!