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EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Five of the most common trail emergencies and how to treat them.
SHELLEY PAULSON

Trail riding is a fun opportunity to form a lasting bond with your horse while taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The last thing you want to think about is what could go wrong, but even the most casual ride can result in calamity.

If it happens to you, you’ll be glad you took the time to plan ahead. Here are a few things to consider before hitting the trail, and steps you can take to be prepared.

One important piece of advice is to always let someone know where you are going—especially if you’re heading out solo. Leave a voicemail message, note, or talk to someone in person about your plans and how long you expect to be gone. And, once you decide on that route, don’t be tempted to deviate from it no matter how interesting another path might appear.

You may begin your ride with clear blue skies, but inclement weather can pop up unexpectedly. Pack a cantle bag with weather protection: rain jacket with hood, down vest or polar fleece pullover, gloves, and a light hat or ear covers.

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