5 Tips on How to Camp with Your Horse

Camping is a lot of fun, but it can be a challenge, as well. Which is part of the fun of course. But, without a few hacks, it can go from fun to being like work. Now, add a horse to the mix and it can be a disaster if you aren’t prepared for it.

When you camp with a horse you really have to be prepared. These animals are ready for anything if you have everything set up correctly. If you don’t then be ready for a horse that decides not to play along.

In this article, I will give you some basics on how to camp with your horse for safety and fun.


1 - Have a way to secure them

One of the worst things that can happen is that your horse or horses end up getting loose when you are out in the middle of nowhere. Tracking them down will be very difficult. You need to make sure that you have a way to keep them secure when you are not riding.

During the day, look into ways to keep them from running off by using things like a nylon hobble from online stores like Buckaroo Leather. These will allow the horse to graze without being able to run off.

2 - Keep them fed

It is very important that your horse gets the nutrition and calories it needs to be able to keep up with the rigors of riding for long periods which usually happens on a camping trip.

And, the stress of being in new surroundings will also burn calories that they need to put back on. Make sure to have the full provisions and not go light on the food. Keep them fed and happy.

This also goes for using the same feed as usual. Don’t switch things up now because if the new feed doesn’t agree with them then the trip could go sideways.

3 - Hydration 

It’s easy for your horse to get dehydrated when out camping. Make sure to take advantage of any rides near a lake or river. And, for a cool treat, soak their hay so they can get extra water that way.

4 - Start out easy

The first time you go camping with your horse should be a sort of shake-down cruise to borrow a nautical term. Plan to do one overnight and then head home. Bring everything you would for a longer stay to see how you can pack everything. This also gives you the opportunity to practice setting up camp with the full gear you would need for a longer trip.

5 - Scout it out

Know the area where you plan to camp so when you go with your horse you know what to expect. Take a notebook with you and write down the things you feel you’ll need based on the conditions there.

Mark on your GPS where the trails go, how long they are and what water sources are nearby. 

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