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Lists of lists -

  These are by no means "ALL INCLUSIVE"
  Trail Riders checklist (BCHA link)
  Classic Ten Essentials
    1. Map
    2. Compass (get one with adjustable declination - they start at about $40)
    3. Sunglasses and sunscreen
    4. Extra Clothing
    5. Flashlight/Headlamp
    6. First-aid Supplies
    7. Firestarter
    8. Matches
    9. Knife
    10. Extra food
  Updated Ten Essential "Systems"
    1. Navigation (GPS, map & compass, altimeter)
    2. Sun protection (hat, clothing, creams)
    3. Insulation (extra clothing)
    4. Illumination (led lighting)
    5. First-aid supplies
    6. Fire (matches in a waterprrof container, fire starter, flint)
    7. Repair kit and tools (needle & thread, leatherman or similar, 1/4 inch rope)
    8. Nutrition (extra food)
    9. Hydration (extra water)
    10. Emergency shelter (tarp, emergency blanket)
  Additional items for trail rides and camping
    Extra saddle pads in case horse develops a rub from the one you plan on using
    Water bottles/buckets
    Saddle bag?
    Hat or Helmet
    First-Aid kit for horse and rider (See this link for contents of a USFS Type III or IV kit. Only difference is the case. OSHA contents.)
    Bottle of bug spray
    Gun and ammo (large enough to euthanize a horse)
    Baling twine
    Pieces of leather
    Water bottle carrier for saddle
    Hoof pick
    “Chicago” screws (image)
    “ponytail” holder for those with ponytails
    All purpose mini-tool
    Extra girths
    Extra socks (for the rider)
    Rain gear
  Additional items for the Horse or Mule owner/rider
      A halter is the most important accessory. Whether the halter is leather, nylon or a rope halter is up to the individual. However, certain types of halters are traditional in the show ring. Halters generally come in pony, cob, horse, and draft sizes; the halter should be adjusted to fit snugly but comfortably on the horse's head. It is a good idea to have an extra halter in case the first one breaks.
    Lead Shanks
      The lead shank snaps onto the halter's noseband to allow the owner to lead the horse around. Rope shanks are easiest on the hands, and can double as cross-ties. However, nylon and leather leads with brass chains are preferred in the show ring. Again, it is wise to have extras in case one breaks or gets lost.
    Buckets and Feed Tubs
      Buckets are needed to feed the horse and carry feed and water around the barn. They can be bought in a variety of sizes and shapes depending on the size of the horse and its intended purpose. Plastic and rubber buckets are the preferred types, although they can also be found in other materials. Buckets are easily attached to walls and fences using eyehooks and double-ended snaps.
    Grooming Kit
      Grooming kits are essential for maintaining a healthy coat. Fill a tote box with:
  a rubber curry comb to massage the horse's skin and loosen dirt, hair and scurf
  a medium-stiff dandy brush to whisk away the dirt and scurf
  a stiff mud brush to remove heavy, dried mud
  a soft-bristled body or finishing brush to groom sensitive, bony areas and bring out an overall shine
  a rub rag to further polish the horse's coat
  a mane comb or hair brush for combing out tangles in the mane and tail
  a hoof pick to extract manure and stones from the feet
  hoof ointment or dressing to condition and polish the hooves
  pair of scissors to trim the fetlocks and tail
  sponges to clean the nose, eyes, sheath, udder and under the tail
  bottle of fly spray to protect your horse from bugs
  First Aid Kit
      Because accidents do happen in the stall or out in pasture, purchasing a pre-packaged kit or assembling a kit is good horse care. Ask your veterinarian about adding a stethoscope and a basic anti-inflammatory medication to the kit. Other items, which should be included are:
      Veterinarian thermometer
      Jar of petroleum jelly
      Jar of topical antibiotic cream
      Bottle of antibacterial soap
      A few ace bandages
      Roll of adhesive tape
      Sterile gauze sponges and pads
      One or two "instant" chemical ice packs
      Pair of tweezers
      Pair of scissors
      Bottle of hydrogen peroxide
      Roll of absorbent "practical cotton" (image)
    First Aid Kit for the Trail
  Electrolytes, powder and paste for dehydration
  Neosporin - applied twice daily to minor abrasions and in wounds that are superficial (the skin edges cannot be moved separately)
  Diluted iodine solution - To flush out any full thickness wounds (the skin edges can be moved separately). Any wound that will be seen by a veterinarian within 4 hours of injury (8 hours for head injuries) should not have any other medications applied, but should simply be flushed with clear water or dilute iodine solution and covered to prevent drying
  Nolvasan, Furacin, Corona,  or Wound Powder - These antiseptic ointments or powders are to be applied to full thickness wounds (the skin edges can be moved separately) that will not be seen by a veterinarian within the first 4 to 8 hours
  Knife for making splints, cutting bandaging materials, cutting your horse free from a tangled rope, etc. Use extreme care when using a knife around your horse
  Hoof pick To clean out the bottom of the foot to search for punctures, bruising, or other foot problems
  Fly lotion, Swat, etc - This can be used to keep flies and other insects from irritating and contaminating open wounds that cannot be bandaged. Apply the lotion directly around but not inside the wound
  Ophthalmic Polysporin - For eye injuries
  Bandaging Materials:   Cotton Padding, Telfas (non-stick gauze) Duct Tape, Diapers, Large & Small Sterile Gauze or Vetrap, Elastoplast, 1 inch and 2 inch White Adhesive Tape, Saran Wrap, Cotton Leg Wraps, 6-inch brown roll gauze, Med-Rip bandage tape
  Betadyne solution
  12 or 20 cc needleless syringes
  Equine rectal thermometer
  Saline solution
  Antibiotic ophthalmic solution
  Phenylbutazone ("bute")
  Xylazine / butorphanol
  Two 6" lengths of garden hose (snake bite)

Latex gloves


Antibiotic spray


Safety pins


Zip Lock Bags


Petroleum Jelly


Blunt-nosed scissors (bandage or EMT shears)

  12cc bent tip catheter
  Insect repellant wipes (horse)
  Insect sting swabs
  What, When, How
  Table (PDF)
      Whether riding Western or English, look for a saddle which fits the rider and horse properly. The saddle includes the girth/cinch, stirrup leathers for English and stirrups for Western. This purchase is one which should be researched in depth before choosing. Look for quality; check that the stirrup leathers are strong and well stitched, the stirrups for western should be wide enough for the rider's feet, and the girth needs to fit around the barrel of the horse. If possible, talk to a "saddle fitter" and learn how to make a pattern of the horse's back to use when choosing a saddle. A saddle pad is also needed. Preferably, one that is machine-washable.
    Bridle and Bit
      Like the saddle, quality materials and workmanship are important. Choose the correct type of bridle, bit, and reins for the discipline of riding. It is very important to measure the horse's mouth before choosing the size of bit, an improperly fitted bit can hurt and cause discipline problems with the horse. Many riders need several bridles: a plain bridle for everyday, and a fancier leather bridle for show.
    Leather Cleaning Supplies for Tack
      Purchase a leather cleaner, sponges, and terry cloth towels to periodically clean all the leather tack. This will keep it in good condition and help it to last longer. Choices for supplies include glycerin and castle soap, neatsfoot oil, and newer products, which clean, condition, and waterproof the tack all in one-step.
    Stall Cleaning Equipment
      Horses that spend part of the day inside will need the stall mucked out. A pitchfork, rake, shovel, and muck basket or wheelbarrow will do the job to clean out any manure and wet bedding. Deposit the manure and wet bedding into the muck basket or wheelbarrow and empty it into the manure pile, which should be quite a distance form the barn and paddocks to prevent fly problems. The owner should also clean the paddock from time to time to prevent infestations of flies and worms.
    Horse Clothing
      At times, it is necessary to blanket the horse depending on the season and whether or not the horse is clipped. A lightweight stable sheet, a heavier stable blanket, and a turnout sheet may all need to be used. Consider polo bandages and/or boots to protect and support the horse's legs during exercise, turnout, or transporting. A fly mask is also useful in warm weather to prevent insects from irritating the horse's eyes.
  Recycling (Thurston County)
  Hay Baling twine and plastic feed bags - No longer being accepted for recycling
  Manure recycling See the King County web site for other ideas and tips