What Did I
Forget This Time?
by Leah Patton
No matter how carefully we plan, we always
seem to forget something when planning a trip. Here is a short list
of some things that are most often overlooked:
- Check trailer hitch and make sure it is
- Check air and tread on trailer tires.
- Make sure all plates and stickers are current
on car/truck and trailer. Check trailer interior for rotted
boards, holes in the floor, slipped mats, etc.
- Make sure all doors latch properly.
- Do a walk-around on your truck and make sure
all lights work, and if an oil change or tune-up are close, go
ahead and do it before your trip.
- Make sure any reservations are made and
confirmed, and put a set of directions to the site with a
current map in your vehicle.
- Write down numbers you know you can call in
case you get lost.
- At least a week before your trip, make sure
you have current health papers. If not, they may have to be sent
to a lab for results and that can sometimes take 3 or 4 days.
- If your animal is shod, you might want to
shoe a week before the trip to let them get used to the new
shoes - a fresh trim right before a ride is not always the best
way - know your own animal and how they will respond.
Did you pack:
- Picket Ropes or Tie-outs
- Feed for Animals?
- Grooming Tools?
- Emergency Kit?
- First Aid Kit?
- Clothing for Self? (Your Riding Boots and
- Health Papers for Animals?
- Wallet, Car Keys,
Make a list, check off as you pack, and cross
off as you load. This way you can double-check yourself and make
sure nothing vital was left behind. Don't laugh - the number of
people who have made it to a three-day event without their saddle or
bridle is rather long.... but above all, don't forget the most
important thing - Your MULE!