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Before you head out for a day ride, make sure you have everything you need. Some items, like your cell phone, pocket knife, first-aid items and maps, are best carried on your body in case you become separated from your horse. Other items including water, snacks, sun protection tissues, hoofpick, and extra clothing can be carried in your saddle bag. Here are a few items that can make your ride safe and smart.
1. DULUTH TRADING COMPANY HEIRLOOM GARDENING VEST
Light yet durable 4.8-oz. DuluthFlex ripstop fabric resists snags and tears, and packs serious flexibility. Plus, there’s loads of smart pockets – ten to be exact – so you can stash your phone, GPS, wallet and keys. For cooling, Duluth hid mesh underneath the back panel to keep air flowing. $69.50, duluthtrading.com
2 .CASHEL ANKLE SAFE
Holds keys, flashlight, pepper spray, and cell phone close in the unlikely event you are separated from your horse. New larger cell phone pocket and more aggressive hook-and-loop closure securely accommodates even today’s largest phones. $23.99, cashelcompany.com
3. EQOLOGY SOFTSHELL VEST by SMARTPAK
The EQology Softshell Vest by SmartPak not only looks good, but feels good and is built for performance. With an athletic fit and constructed with a breathable and moisture wicking fabric, this vest is comfortable on the trail and has plenty of pockets to store your “on-body” essentials. $79.95, smartpakequine.com
4. SPOT GEN 3
SPOT Gen3 features allows you to communicate beyond cellular. Features include: send predetermined messages, SOS feature to immediately reach emergency personnel if required, custom tracking, motion-activated tracking, continuous tracking and extended battery life. All SPOT devices require a service plan, which the customer can pay monthly or annually. $169.95, findmespot.com