Equipment

MMSAR riders carry their 24-hour survival pack on their own person (fanny pack or chest harness), and their 48-hour survival pack in saddlebags on their horse.  These saddlebags can easily weigh over 30 pounds.  Some of the items we carry include:

 

COMMUNICATIONS & WAYFINDING

  • 2-way radio, cell phone, GPS
  • Compass & Map
  • Notepaper, pen, permanent marker
  • Binoculars
  • Flagging/survey ribbon
TOOLS
  • Flashlight, headlamp, spare batteries
  • Utility knife & multi-tool
  • Whistle, signal mirror, glow sticks
  • Parachute cord, duct tape
  • Plastic 30gal trash bag, Ziploc bags
  • Wire cutters & pruning shears
  • Hatchet, machete or folding saw
  • Halter (under bridle) & lead rope
  • Hoof pick and Easyboot or similar
SURVIVAL
  • Water & water purification system
  • Non-perishable food for 48 hours
  • Collapsible bucket
  • Equine grain & supplements if req’d
  • Fire starting kit & portable stove
  • Metal cup & spoon
  • Mylar emergency blanket/tarp
  • Rain gear, windbreaker
  • Handwarmers, gloves, balaclava
  • Extra clothing / insulation layers
  • Lightweight tent or other bivouac
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Picket line: 30-40’ of nonstretch rope
  • Insect Repellent & Sunblock
  • Personal medications, spare glasses
  • Miscellaneous other useful items

FIRST AID

  • Comprehensive human/equine first aid kit including but not limited to:
    • Band-Aids in various sizes
    • 1 Multi-trauma dressing
    • 8 4x4” gauze dressing pads
    • 2 maxi pads & 2 newborn diapers
    • 1 roll adhesive tape
    • 1 Ace bandage
    • 2 rolls vetwrap
    • 4 leg wraps
    • Bandage scissors
    • Aspirin, Antihistamine, Antacid
    • Moleskin
    • 2 Triangular bandages
    • 4 Large safety pins
    • Tweezers
    • SAM Splint
    • Disposable gloves (2+ pairs)
    • CPR pocket mask
    • Antiseptic wipes
    • Iodine or Betadine
    • Banamine paste
    • Small tube of cake frosting or other non-perishable source of pure sugar