Suggested Equipment List for Horse Packing Trips

The following equipment list is a guide to help you prepare for horse pack trips.  More items are listed than you will actually need to give you an idea of some of the equipment possibilities. Also, before leaving on your next trip, be sure to review the information on minimizing the impact of pack animals on the environment.
 

Equipment for Each Animal

Saddle (pack or riding saddle depending upon animal)
Halter (include one extra)
Saddle blanket
Lead rope
Panniers and tie down ropes
Saddle bags
Bridle
Old cinch (Use around trees.  Helps eliminate rope burns when necessary to tie stock to trees.)
Containment system for each horse: hobbles, picket rope and pins
 

General Items for Stock

Hoof pick
Grooming supplies (curry comb, brush, etc.)
Canvas bucket
Easy boot (emergency shoe for a horse that anybody can put on)
Shoeing kit (horseshoe hammer, horseshoe nails)
First aid kit for animals (large-sized gauze, tape, elastic bandages, salve, antibiotic ointment, etc.)
Ropes for picket lines, tying up corrals, etc.
Wire cutters & extra fence wire (For emergency purposes if necessary to cut through a fence)
Insect repellent for horses

Clothing - Inner Layer

Synthetic underwear
Inner socks (wool or synthetic)
Swim suit
 

Clothing - Insulating Layer

Pile shirts or jackets
Down or synthetic fill jackets
Down or synthetic fill vest
Wool shirt
Wool sweater
Pants
T-shirt
Wool socks (2 pairs)
Wool stocking hat
If you expect cold weather: mittens or gloves (wool or pile)
 

Clothing - Protective Layer

Wind breaker or parka with hood
Rain jacket or poncho
Cowboy hat for sun protection
 

Other Clothing Items

Suspenders or belt
Bandana
Leather gloves
 

Pants Pockets

Matches (with striker in waterproof container)
Knife
Fire starter
 

Feet

Cowboy boots
Lightweight boots for hiking
Extra socks
 

Bedroom

Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
Tent (poles, snow stakes, fly, guy lines) OR Tarp and Groundcloth
Candle or candle lantern
 

Kitchen

Stove
Matches in stove
Fuel bottle (with gas)
Funnel
Pots
Frying Pan
Dutch Oven
Pot gripper
Cup
Spoon
Corkscrew
Food
Water container(s) & water
Water purification system (filter & accessories, purification tablets)
 

Repair Kit

Leather and laces
Leather punch
Sewing needle
Nylon thread or dental floss
Duct tape
Vice grips (5" size)
Bailing wire
Extra stove parts (gaskets for stove, fuel cap, etc.)
 

Emergency Kit

Matches (and striker in waterproof container)
Fire starter (solid fuel pellets, candle, pitch wood, etc.)
Compass
Map
Knife
Whistle
Nylon cord
 

First Aid Kit

Two gauze rolls (2" wide)
Moleskin for blisters
Chapstick
Sunblock
Two triangular bandages
Six sterile pads (4"x4")
Anti-acid tablets
Ace bandage
Bandaids-assorted sizes
Butterfly closures
Safety pins
Aspirin
Two-inch first aid tape
First aid book
Personal medications
Also see Lightweight First Aid Kit.

Personals

Lotion
Toothbrush/paste
Glasses or contacts
Comb
Mirror

Miscellaneous

Axe
File and stone for sharpening axe
Folding saw
Sunglasses
Sun block
Headlamp or flashlight (spare batteries and bulb)
Extra candles
Watch
Notebook/pencil
Book
Wire saw
Thermometer
Toilet paper
Insect repellent
Fishing gear & license
Binoculars
Day pack for day hikes
 

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Revised 6/24/98



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