With the beautiful days of summer approaching, we are sure that you are already making horse riding plans. The outback is one of the most breathtaking places to be in the glorious sunshine. It has a stark beauty that you cannot experience in autumn or winter. Riding is one of the best hobbies as it is thrilling and invigorating. However, it involves quite a few risks that every rider embraces irrespective of the weather conditions. One of the primary risks is losing your way in the wilderness. Many times, people leave happy and confident, but they end up getting lost and seeking the help of rescuers.
Here are a few ways you can ensure your safety just in case you lose your way in the beauty of the wilderness:
You must not dehydrate
Keep yourself out of direct sunlight. Always carry Oral Rehydration Solution while on your trail rides. It is an essential part of your backpack, and you should not wait for disaster to strike to think about ORS. Small sips can go a long way to keep you healthy and hydrated in the wilderness.
Do not overexert your horse
Find water sources for your horse on the first day. Ensure that it is a safe backup, just in case your horse’s own reserve runs dry. Carry apple juice since horses can be picky about the taste of the water they drink. Mixing a little juice to add flavor to the water often does the trick. Do not ride out during the scorching day unless you can see signs of help nearby.
If help does not arrive by nightfall, you need to find resources to keep yourself warm. You can use magnifying glasses or the lens from your prescription glasses to start a fire. Use dry leaves, twigs, and branches to keep the flame going for an hour. After dehydration, hypothermia is the next challenge that you need to beat. Huddling close to your horse can help you conserve heat for the day.
Understanding your food supply
For the first few days, nourishment might not be a problem. You must already have sufficient food for yourself and your horse for the next couple of days or weeks. Your next task is to divide the ration smartly and leave only as much as necessary for daily use. Always remember that your horse cannot eat outside its strict diet regulations due to reasons related colic. Your riding horse might not be the Breeders Cup Grand Slam champ, but you still need to put his or her need for food before your own. You can stick to berries and fruits that other birds and animals are eating around you.
Do not keep your trail riding plan a secret
Always leave a schedule back home and tell your friends and family where to contact to find your current information. It helps to narrow down the area where you might be lost. When you do not reach a particular “pit stop,” the authorities can immediately start searching for you and your horse based on information from your friends and family.
Even though your GPS must have conked off, thankfully, there are dedicated services that specialize in rescuing nature lovers from such situations. This survival guide focuses on keeping you alive till the rescue teams can get to you!