[RC] Riding alone - Ridecamp Guest
A. Perez walkergirl@xxxxxxxxxx
I do most of my riding alone. I try to stick to well-travelled trails but often don't see another person on my rides. I have a luggage tag on my saddle with my name and phone number and my phsicians numer. The week after I put it on, my horse fell out from under me and took off - was found, and the finders called my house, so it paid off. I also have my name and phone# on my helmet (right now it is written in pencil on the visor - need to come up with a classier solution).
In addition to the tag, make sure whomever may get that call knows what to do. I now have an instruction sheet for non-horsey hubbie to follow: ask 'Is the horse OK?': if no, here is the vet's number. If yes 'Can the horse stay there for a while?': if no - phone#s of friends with trailers. I also gave him the name of the roads bordering the area I ride in, and phone numbers of people who know those trails, stables near the trails and of the local tack shop which is 'equine central', in case a search party needs to be launched. All this is pinned to the fridge.
I also carry a cell-phone when I ride, though not all areas get good reception. I don't carry weapons: I won't ride anywhere I feel I'd need that level of protection.
And last but not least, I always always always wear a helmet!
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