What To Pack In Your Crew Bag
By Karen Chaton
You want to keep your crewbag from being overweight so the ride volunteers won’t risk getting a hernia lifting it. I checked with several different ride volunteers at rides this year and they agreed that they would like to see crewbags kept to under 30 pounds. Basically, if yours weighs as much as a sack of horse feed, it’s probably a little too heavy. If there are two of you riding, you may want to split your stuff up into two separate bags rather than one really heavy one.
The items you need will depend upon the type of ride you are doing. Some rides have all the vet checks in camp so you don’t need to worry about crewbags. Other rides have one vet check during the entire ride and it is out of camp, while others might have multiple vet checks, some in and some out of camp so you need to be prepared for each of those checks. You’ve got to remember that if you send your favorite blanket in your bag to an out-check, that it might not be back in camp when you finish.
Some rides may also provide feed for the horses. It’s still a good idea to pack some of your own just in case your horse prefers to have his own food, or for some reason the food provided by ride management doesn’t make it to the check, or it’s all been used up. Here is a list of a few items that you may want to consider packing if you don’t already carry them on you while riding: