Uriah and I are headed on Friday to Silver Falls State Park for our first horse camping trip. I am excited to get away and have some dedicated family time. But getting ready is a lot of work, so here are some of the things I have done to get ready for our first big outing of the season:
1. Rotate tires on my van. Good tire pressure is key to hauling with a trailer, so have your tires rotated and make sure you check your tire pressure before you head out on the road.
2. Oil change. The van was due, but this is one I always have done before a horse trip, even if I am not due for a little bit.
3. Front brakes done. I got my rear brakes done last fall and knew that the front brakes needed to be done. Uriah and his stepdad (ok, mostly his stepdad), put new front brake pads on.
4. Organized the trailer. My neighbor helped me hang up a rubbermaid pocket organizer (way cheaper than the horse trailer ones). Someone else helped me with an extra rack for misc stuff. I also bought a GIANT dustpan which is great for hay at big lots-$2.
5. Made sure I had all the spare tire changing accessories. Turns out I was missing some, so I'll be getting those today.
6. Checked all the camping equipment and refilled what was empty (like paper towels, toilet paper, etc)
7. Tarps and string in the van in case we have rain and need to give the horses some cover.
8. Trail bags ready with first aid kits, hoof picks, vet wrap and a little bit of grain.
9. Bought 2 way radios. We will each carry one when we ride, I will leave one at the van in case I ride by myself.
I'll post again soon about horse accessories to take with some pictures of the tack room of my trailer!