Any horse riding and camping trip starts long before you load the trailer. Planning good trips takes a bit of time, but it can also become a big part of the fun.
2 Rules and Regulations – Like death and taxes rules are just a part of life. Traveling and camping with equines means we have to deal with more of them. Knowing these rules and regs. ahead of time can save you a lot of heartache. www.TrailMeister.com will tell you if weed free feed, coggins tests, or reservations are required as well as give you a link directly to the land manager so that you can ask them more detailed questions. It’s always a good idea to call the ranger before leaving to find out if there are closed sections of trail, campfire bans during certain time of the year etc.
You’ll also want to know the rules and regs associated with getting to the trailhead. Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (health certificates), and Coggins test, and brand inspection paperwork are frequently asked for and many facilities won’t let you in without checking the documents first.
I use US Rider for not only peace of mind but also for contact information to the State Veterinarian for every state that I visit.
Call the State Vet for every area that you plan on traveling through or visiting. Here’s a link that you’ll use. http://www.usrider.org/travel-safety/transportion-info/links-to-state-equine-info.
Now that you’ve decided on the location of your adventure it’s time to start planning your routes. We’ll tackle that next in Step #3. Coming Soon!