Some background. I’m fortunate enough ( or unfortunate enough) to have a husband that is willing to ride with me so long as things go well. Recently we’ve had problems with boots coming of in deep mud (he really hates to retrieve it from deep mud and walk in it) and a trail I’d been bugging him to go on (1.5 hour drive too), it was great until we hit a downed tree right at a point where there was no way round it. 80 degree rocky tree filled drop of 30 feet to the right and 80 degree rocky tree filled slope to the left, so what was going to be a nice 10 mile ride became a 4 mile one.
I’ve decided to put together a pack to help deal with these things. First the tree I discovered something called a pocket chainsaw. It can with one person cut a tree trunk 6 inches in diameter with two people 12 inches. From the ads it seems to be just what we would have needed. Any one have any experience with it and would the NPS or Forest service object if I used one minimally to clear a trail?
Next thing I’ve found is a gravity hook. You lower it with a cord it opens when it hits the ground and then closes as you pull up. Admittedly I’d have to practice this maneuver ( I can see this being a judge trail ride test) but my husband’s horse uses scoot boots and there are some close loops on them I could connect to without too many swear words hopefully. Any one out there tried this?
I’m also wonder about pruning shears. (I almost got strangled by a vine once thank heavens my horse at the time has a good stop and back)
I do wear a gardening vest when I ride, so lots of places to put things (though not thrilled about landing on pruning shears should my horse and I part ways)
What else do people find useful to have on the trail. And how do you carry it?