[MSAR] AID BUCKETS AND PORTI POTS!
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Tue Mar 28 15:00:25 EST 2006
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Chris Pennington wrote:
>Great post Karen! I'm still thinking and digesting everything but I did
>want to share something with you about storing things in a 5 gal
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Thanks Chris. Been doing it that way for many years! My previous teachers have been competitive and endurance and long distance trail rides! My show days are long over, but we still would pack it. Toss in some water purification tabs, one of those tin camping mess kits, some sponges and a bar of ivory soap too.
Since we always would use a two horse trailer you know the fun of packing things in a rounded space and when it comes to the order of packing things well you need the first aid stuff handy so that goes in the tack compartment last. The nice thing about the bucket is it is water tight too so if you had to and the situation required and you had to cross a stream, you could take the bucket and that is one time my horn would then be occupied. Nylon packs have a tendency to get soggy when you need absolute dry! I have had it where I have brought in four of those buckets they are great for feed and more!
There are a few things we can also add to the gear in OUR trailer... like a pair of crutches Lord knows many a cowboy with a bad knee or two! And Lord knows things can get more involved than just a little 8 x 5 aid kit when you deal with horses and the wilderness. Things can get entertaining too when you carry a crutch on a horse or even have to use them to walk! So there is a great area to have your horse be prepared! Same with the bucket (or a trash bag) on the horn! Some beasts just do not understand why "MOM" is walking with 2 more legs!!! And that plastic trash bag...well get ready to rodeo!
I probably ought to retrack a comment a tad when I say bottom line "if"its no good to you if you do not know how to use it, but in a group when you assess the gear of those who are there, even things that you do not know how to use may come in handy for some one else. But it does seem to me that since when you camp or trailer out with horses, you are traveling light so there for it only makes sense to take what YOU PERSONALLY know how to use! All trips are packed heavy and end up ligh regardless.t.
I envy the rest in things I do not know, but as a team, when groups come together it is good to know that no matter what each our own skills are, we need to assess the weakness of the team to also find the strenghts before hitting the trail and that woudl be priority one when first arriving at the base. You might be better with rescuing people, someone else may be better with animals...
Our first aid kit here has grown and is growing in equipment some due to personal injury, others due to hey, ya ust gotta have it! And I a civilian and am no paramedic, but I do know my equipmet and how and why I would use it. If you and I and Irv were on a group we would probably have each a different supply of things one thing in particular would be knowledge!
...and together we probably would do a bang up job simply because we all have different items and different skills! I haven't the foggiest on Oxygen tanks!
I ride alone a lot....on a joy ride don't usually carry a lot of stuff but will always carry a radio or a cell phone.
BTW there is a way I pack my bucket of aid too especially since the puny things will settle to the bottom, forgot another item...a drawstring pillow case....will explain later!
Been wanting a pair of them pants and a vest with pockets on the legs like the Marines wear...its those little things that can mean a lot. (I may tease those folks a lot, but they do have it cooking when it comes to some the gear and those "shined" up and camo uniforms...but I also know, sometimes we are in a MAKE DO with what little you have type of situation and well, that is where its at too.)
I want to repeat that personally I do not like my aid bags or bucket advertising red cross or high colors....as for letting the group know where its at once at camp, that is one thing...as said, we do not need gear lost or stolen on pleasure rides. But situations can warrant high colors otherwise.
(One of the things I would love to get eventually to have in our supplies is a wheel chair that folds...but thats another day, my motives are not all MSAR there...!)
Ilinois - Unaffliated
PS - we use a NEW CLEAN vynal gas can for porting water IN THE TACK COMPARTMENT (Its marked! But don't come to my trailer looking for it as a gas can!...my thirsty horses might take offense!)
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