Safe and Smart Horse Camping

Camping is all about simplicity and going back to nature, but adding horses to the picture means you must make many more considerations. Our sources shared their top tips for getting ready to go horse camping.

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Safe and Smart Horse Camping
Done well, horse camping is an exhilarating, relaxing time away from the daily grind, in company of nature and your equine companion. | Photo: Courtesy Travel Alberta

Top tips to prepare for a horse camping trip

Camping with horses can both relax and exhilarate. It could be the fresh air, the expansive vistas, the solitude separating you from crowds and traffic that soothe the soul. Or it might be the unique wildlife seen along the trail or the bird calls high overhead as you watch the sunrise and sip a hot cup of coffee … all in the company of your best equine buddy.

Whatever it is that makes it so rewarding, camping does take serious planning and contemplation—even practice. Then there are the details of caring for your horses. How do you keep them secured at night? What if a horse gets sick in the backcountry? And how do you plan for enough food and water?

Camping is all about simplicity and going back to nature. But adding horses to the picture means you must make many more considerations

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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

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