Here you will find helpful tips and suggestions to encourage you on your horse holiday.
We have sound advice on clothing, tack, equipment, maps etc.
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Firstly this site has been developed to be a complete directory. We have not visited all the accomodation sites listed, the ones we have will be on www.equineescapades.co.uk
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The main thing to remember is planning! Then the rest is easy... Firstly split your task into 4.
and finally Transport.
Think about how far away you want to travel, keep it within an hour or so, this way you will feel confident if anything happens you are not to far away from home, you will be surprised at how far you can go in an hour and still feel away from the madding crowd. Once you have thought about how far you want to travel, start researching accommodation. Local tourist information centres are a good start, saddlers in the area and magazines, internet etc.
You will most probably be going away with a friend, friends or spouse, so make sure you have enough sleeping accommodation at your stop over too. Once you have sourced accommodation where you would like to stay, call them and have a brief chat about your horses needs and can they provide what you want, some places only have turnout, or not much room for large vehicles, make a check list and politely check off all you may require of a host accommodation, however, remember its not home and compromise may have to be met to ride in some stunning scenery. Farms can be muddy, near to town accommodation might not have a lot of grazing, and most of all prepare to be flexible for a few days.
Once you are happy with your journey length and time, accommodation for yourselves and horses, then the home lists begin.
This task isn't as daunting as you first think, just be logical. In your equipment some of which you can leave in your lorry/trailer etc, leave rain clothing, riding Mac’s and leggings etc where they can dry if it does go wet. Organise your overnight gear sensibly as most host B&B's provide shampoo etc so unless you really want to you won't need to carry all this, if you do you can but the smaller travel sizes or bottles to put the stuff into to save space.
On an away weekend Fri-Sat I pack 2 sets of riding clothes, one in case of getting wet, and I make sure a T shirt is included and a good fleece too. Make sure you have enough socks etc and then a change of clothes to be comfy in if you are going down the pub or just lazing around with your horses. Don't over pack; you will only bring it all back to have to unpack again. Remember a good coat which can double up for going out in too, there are plenty of riding coats which are smart enough to wear out to the pub too. Oh and do remember comfy footwear, its essential.
Your Horse is now totally down to you, I always have on board my lorry; a grooming/first aid kit, which includes my tack cleaning stuff. Water buckets and sponges, feed buckets and scoop. If your horse is out at grass and you are not giving hard feed then there is no need to take any, however do consider that you might be giving him/her more work than usual and a night feed is usually appreciated also necessary if your horse is on supplements or medication.
Rugs will need to be taken, a lightweight turnout usually suffices and a stable rug if staying in. Apart from this it is your bridle and saddle, boots etc, your horse will be traveling in his travel boots and head collar so take these of your check list.
Don't forget the silly things though, that you have at home like, mounting step, something to hang your bridle and stuff on, think outside the box.
Once you have done all this, you will find you add a few things and then take away a few things and hey presto, job done!
Your probably thinking, 'my vehicle?' yes your transport, carry extra engine oil and bottle of water, know where your spare tyre is and can you get if off/out of your vehicle. Have you breakdown/recovery cover? Get someone to give it the once over if in doubt, are your tyre pressures ok, it cost's nothing to check, but may just save your life on a blowout. Also the floors in your transport, now a days most horses travel on rubber matted floors, which we forget to check, these rot because of the urine and it’s certainly not unheard of where horses have put a leg through the floor whilst traveling. pull back your mats and check, so far we have had to re-floor 2 lorries we have had in the past.. It doesn't bear thinking about.
Finally, I have found that everything i want to take i can get into deep curver boxes, 3 for £20 down our local shop. so I use one for feed, premixed and the feed they are used too. two for my chaps, boots, hat, gloves, bridle, spare reins, numnah’s, girths etc etc and the other for surplus stuff, maps, saddle bags, fluorescent gear, and any other bits and bobs I might need. These boxes have been a god send in organising and they stack neatly and seal tightly and you know what’s yours.