Safe and Secure Horse Camping: The Lightweight Way

Horse camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your four-legged friends. However, it can be a challenge to keep your horses safe and secure when you are away from camp or at night. Here are two lightweight containment systems that you can use to keep your horses safe and happy on your next adventure.

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A high-line system is a simple and lightweight way to keep your horses contained. To set it up, you will need two trees that are several meters apart. Tie a rope between the trees, about 2 meters off the ground. Then, attach your horse’s lead rope to the high-line rope, using a swivel.

To prevent your horse from getting tangled, tie two small sticks about 2 feet into the rope, one on each side of the trees. This will help to keep them from getting tangled around the trees.


Electric Fence

An electric fence can offer a more secure way to keep your horses contained, while allowing more grazing and movement. To set up an electric fence system, you will need an energizer, electric fence posts, polywire, a ground stake, and a way to drive the posts and ground stake into the ground.

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My good ‘ole reliable energiser is a solar Sureguard S2 model that I’ve had for almost a decade now. What I like most about this unit is its compact size, ease of use, fuss free durable design and no ants! But this energiser unit is a bit hefty for my liking at about 850g w/battery so I am considering looking at a lighter option for this trek, or having to cut weight down somewhere else.

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The right containment system for you depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you want a lightweight and easy-to-set-up system, consider a high-line system. If you want a system that allows more movement and grazing, an electric fence system may be a better choice.

No matter which containment system you choose, it is important to set it up properly and train your horse to it. Improper setup or training can lead to your horse getting loose, which can be dangerous for both you and your horse.

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