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sfreshoff
Apr. 6, 2008, 07:59 PM
I've been wondering where to put my cell phone when I go out trail riding. For now, I just keep it on me in a zippered pocket on my jacket because its still cool outside. But I don't know what to do when it gets to be summer....I was thinking of getting a saddle pad with a pocket on it, but that doesn't help if I get dumped off on the trail without my horse or the phone...my parents thought it might be a good idea to get a fanny pack :eek: but I'm not liking that idea so much. So my question is, how would you keep your cell phone on you (not the horse) in hot summer days?

CTDarkhorse045
Apr. 6, 2008, 08:23 PM
They made this great cell phone holder for riders that goes around your arm or leg... it's also good if you want to hold an ipod or anything else shaped like that!!

Here is a link to one that I found...

http://www.horsetackinternational.com/cell-phone-case-for-horse-riders.html

kt-rose
Apr. 6, 2008, 08:26 PM
Well, today I was going for a hack riding one and ponying another and I realized all my breeches with pockets were in the laundry. I always carry my cell phone when I ride out, and usually put it in a pocket -- but without one available I stuck it in my bra :lol::lol::lol: !! It's just a little phone and fit kinda down the outside where it wouldn't bother me. Maybe not the perfect plan, but if you get desperate... :yes::yes: !!

Jaegermonster
Apr. 6, 2008, 08:33 PM
I only buy breeches with pockets for that very reason. the ones I wear when trail riding have a zippered pocket in the front and that's where the phone goes.
Like the other poster, if for some reason I have other breeches on or whatever, I have been known to stick it down in my sports bra :)

kerlin
Apr. 6, 2008, 09:00 PM
I have a cell phone holder as well - I have this one (http://www.pelham-saddlery.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=5181&Category_Code=Trail&Product_Count=11) like it very much. The strap is adjustable, and it fits nicely around both my arm and my leg depending on my preference for the day.

paintedtrails
Apr. 6, 2008, 09:20 PM
I've seen 1 that interests me that I since cannot find....It was a cell phone holder with a spot to put $ and license in it as well...just in case. If anyone sees or knows of one, please post!

Bluey
Apr. 6, 2008, 09:48 PM
I have a holder that clips to a belt or belt loop in front and hangs on the side.
Works great for anything you do, riding or working on fences.
Handy and out of the way.:yes:

lwk
Apr. 6, 2008, 10:01 PM
I have a PDA not a phone, so it's a little bigger. I couldn't find a holder that I liked. I don't want it on my arm or leg because it could easily be knocked off by brush. I don't want it in a fanny pack. When I fall off, I usually fall on my fanny and could easily crush the PDA. I tried one of the clip-on holders and lost the PDA somewhere - apparently the clip came open.
I found a camera holder that has a fixed loop that my belt goes thru. No velcro or clip to come undone. I carry the PDA that way, on the front of my body. It closes with a zipper. It is quite protective and water-resistant too.

Pocket Pony
Apr. 6, 2008, 10:46 PM
I have the cell phone holder that wraps around your leg.

Also in the summer I usually wear a fishing vest. I keep a hoof pick, horse cookies, cell phone/ID/insurance card, nippers for trail clearing, keys, chapstick, etc.

citydog
Apr. 6, 2008, 10:46 PM
Timbuk2 makes some swell cell phone cases. EMS (http://www.ems.com) carries them (type Timbuk2 into the search). I attach mine to a belt and wear it right over my hip bone (whenever I come off I seem to land on my hip) when riding, but move it to my back when working off the horse.

chicamuxen1
Apr. 7, 2008, 07:15 AM
I have a couple of neoprene Tune Belts. amazon.com carries them. they are just right for wearing while riding. From really small arm band styles to large enough to carry a CD player. I like the large one because I can tuck a phone, snack bar, first aid items and a map into the belt and it is much lighter than a fanny pack, and doesn't hang so low that it bangs on the saddle cantle as I post. there is a model that also carries a water bottle.

Bonnie

jeano
Apr. 7, 2008, 07:39 AM
I use pockets when I'm wearing pockets, otherwise a nifty little camera case I picked up at wally world. This is sort of triangular shaped and has several compartments that zip securely. Cell phone goes into the biggest, tissues, lip goop, money, driver license etc would fit nicely in a shallow flat compartment, and there's room in an itty bitty pocket for some horse treats. This case has a belt loop but since I seldom wear a belt when riding I use the shoulder strap, either around my waist so the phone is out of the way toward the small of my back, or most of the time around my neck and under my left arm, so the case is more or less snug up under my left boob. It has yet to come loose, be a nuisance in any way, or get caught on saddle horn etc.

When i am worried about snakes and feel the need to pack, firearm and carry permit, cell phone, and about anything else I would care to take on a ride will fit in my fanny pack holster. But since I dont like killing snakes, shooting off a horse, or landing on the gun (did this once) during an involuntary dismount, I usually leave the ordnance at home!

SmokenMirrors
Apr. 7, 2008, 07:55 AM
Jeano...you brought up an interesting thought..I too have a pistol that I will eventually go get a concealed weapons permit as I ride a lot by myself and have had one scare last fall with a man following me out of the woods and he tried really hard not to be noticed! Thank god for my gelding having a lot better eye sight than I, as he noticed him and I acted like I didn't.

When you ride, have you carried your pistol with you? What do you carry when you do have it? I have a mid size Glock .9mm.

As to the subject at hand, sorry folks, I wear a bright orange vest with two large pockets on it, so I shove my cell phone, cookies, things like that in it and off we go. It is really light weight material and while it isn't very fashionable, it does do the trick. Course, it would help if I did take my cell phone with me all the time..however, I do forget or figure, heck, I don't get signal many of the places so why have it?? :)

midkniggit
Apr. 7, 2008, 08:44 AM
I've seen 1 that interests me that I since cannot find....It was a cell phone holder with a spot to put $ and license in it as well...just in case. If anyone sees or knows of one, please post!

Maybe a Cashel Ankle Safe? http://www.synergistsaddles.com/riding-accessories.htm

It's kind of bulky, but I ride alone a lot and I'm allergic to bees. The big pocket perfectly carries two Epi-Pens, and then I carry my cell phone, ID, and emergency info as well.

Nezzy
Apr. 7, 2008, 09:28 AM
i have the ones that wraps around the arm or leg, and i got bright yellow in case it ever fell off, not likely, but just in case. It fits great above my calf, and i am happy with it. i think it cost about $10 online.

Ashby
Apr. 7, 2008, 09:30 AM
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Well, today I was going for a hack riding one and ponying another and I realized all my breeches with pockets were in the laundry. I always carry my cell phone when I ride out, and usually put it in a pocket -- but without one available I stuck it in my bra :lol::lol::lol: !! It's just a little phone and fit kinda down the outside where it wouldn't bother me. Maybe not the perfect plan, but if you get desperate... :yes::yes: !!

This can be an expensive mistake. When my cell phone stopped working I took it into Verizon to find out what was wrong. They have a sensor inside that tells them when it's been wet; in that case, they aren't liable. Sure enough, my phone's sensor showed it had been soaked. We finally figured out that since it had been tucked into my bra during hot rides, I'd gotten it wet with sweat. And I don't sweat a lot, as women go. But that was enough to wreck it. Expensive mistake there.

I tried getting a holder for it and and attaching that to my arm, my belt, or my upper calf, just below my knee. It flops annoyingly in those places. I finally ended up Running the upper strap of my half-chaps though it, without a case. That way it's always a little bit open but at least it's secure and doesn't flop.

Auventera Two
Apr. 7, 2008, 09:48 AM
I have a band that goes around my leg. It is velcro, but it's a very "fine, soft" velcro that is EXTREMELY sticky. Not the typical rough, crunchy feeling velcro. You can buy the straps in packs of 5 at hardware stores and stuff. Then I bought a cell phone holder that has a loop on the back. I ran the velcro strip through the loop, wrap it around my leg, snug it up, and it doesn't budge an inch, even on an all day ride. Of course if your'e going in the water you can put it on your upper arm.

Huntertwo
Apr. 7, 2008, 05:41 PM
I use a Fanny pack for my phone. Plus it can hold a few other things like tissue, lipstick, etc.

jeano
Apr. 7, 2008, 06:04 PM
Jeano...you brought up an interesting thought..I too have a pistol that I will eventually go get a concealed weapons permit as I ride a lot by myself and have had one scare last fall with a man following me out of the woods and he tried really hard not to be noticed! Thank god for my gelding having a lot better eye sight than I, as he noticed him and I acted like I didn't.

When you ride, have you carried your pistol with you? What do you carry when you do have it? I have a mid size Glock .9mm.


As to the subject at hand, sorry folks, I wear a bright orange vest with two large pockets on it, so I shove my cell phone, cookies, things like that in it and off we go. It is really light weight material and while it isn't very fashionable, it does do the trick. Course, it would help if I did take my cell phone with me all the time..however, I do forget or figure, heck, I don't get signal many of the places so why have it?? :)

I believe I took the gun with me precisely once, and when the saddle rolled, I landed whump on my back, and got a bit of a bruise from landing on the S&W 22 revolver in the fanny pack. (Mr Jeano prefers I have alternating rounds of snakeshot and hardball loaded.) A pocket sized Glock wouldve been smaller and less of a hard place to land. Glocks and revolvers are both inherently safe firearms to land on. Still. I havent bothered to pack since, almost never see a soul when riding. I might want a gun with me to fire three times as a signal that I'm in trouble, some of the places I go.

I also cant always reliably call and connect but I understand that texting works well sometimes when the call wont go thru, also the gps in yr phone can help someone find you even if you are down and out!

Jaegermonster
Apr. 7, 2008, 08:35 PM
I usually carry a Taurus .45. I have a shoulder holster for it and that's where I carry it. If you do carry one on your belt, carry it a little behind your hip because if it's right on youur side (like where police officers carry it) and you fall on it you can break your hip.
Shoulder holsters aren't for everyone, but I"m pretty proficient with it.
check your states laws, in many states if you open carry it you don't need a permit, you only need one if it's concealed

bird4416
Apr. 7, 2008, 08:49 PM
I have one of these that I run my belt through. It also has a spring clip to hook on your belt but I don't trust that. There is room for my phone plus my ID and some cash just in case. http://www.duluthtrading.com/searches/97755.aspx?feature=Product_10

I also carry a small can of pepper spray on my belt and wear a loud whistle around my neck. There was a serial killer in the area and one of his victims was dumped in the woods where I like to ride. :eek: Fortunately, he has been caught. Hubby tries to get me to carry my pistol but so far, I can't think of a comfortable way to carry it.

sfreshoff
Apr. 7, 2008, 09:31 PM
Wow, thanks for all of the great comments! I'll probably buy the little cell phone case that goes around the arm...and if I do go on a really long trail ride, i'll just wear a backpack. I was thinking about putting my cell phone in my bra, but I wear a Tipperary riding vest that keeps my upper body VERY SNUG, :sadsmile: so that really wouldn't feel comfortable on long trail rides. I'm surprised that people actaully bring guns out on trail rides, it sounds like a smart thing if you've had people following you, but I'd always be worried that it would "go off" and shoot me or the horse...:eek:

Jaegermonster
Apr. 7, 2008, 10:03 PM
Guns don't "go off" unless a) the trigger is pulled, or B) they are handled carelessly or incorrectly.
Once you know how to use it etc, the most important things about carrying one on horseback are:
a) carry it in such a way that you can get to it quick if you need it, preferably with one hand still on the reins, and
b) wear it in such a way that you won't break youself if you fall on it
and most importantly

c)aim off to one side or the other of your horse (at 45 deg angles to his body) or over his rear end, never ever ever ever try to go all Dirty Harry or pull some cowboy crap and aim between his ears because I gar-on-tee every single time you will shoot your horse square in the head.

bird4416
Apr. 8, 2008, 07:41 AM
What does one's horse do when you shoot off its back? Mine would spin and bolt and I would probably end up on the ground as fair game for whatever I was shooting at.:lol: This is the main reason I don't carry when I'm trail riding.

Auventera Two
Apr. 8, 2008, 09:05 AM
What does one's horse do when you shoot off its back? Mine would spin and bolt and I would probably end up on the ground as fair game for whatever I was shooting at.:lol: This is the main reason I don't carry when I'm trail riding.

Last week at our work day for the mounted search and rescue/patrol group, we had a cavalry rider shooting in the woods with us. His horse jumped a little each time but it wasn't a spook. I imagine you train for it just like anything else. Maybe they start with smaller noises like a popper of some kind, a balloon, a bb gun, etc. and work up.

Xanthoria
Apr. 8, 2008, 12:40 PM
Guns don't "go off" unless a) the trigger is pulled, or B) they are handled carelessly or incorrectly.
Once you know how to use it etc, the most important things about carrying one on horseback are:
a) carry it in such a way that you can get to it quick if you need it, preferably with one hand still on the reins, and
b) wear it in such a way that you won't break youself if you fall on it ...

So there is a risk of a gun going off and hurting you/horse or at least causing a stampede if you drop it or fall off with it?

At the very least I'd imagine the chances of you falling off and getting a nice bruise/broken ribs from your gun are far, far greater than your chances of being attacked on horseback, no? :confused:

CoopsZippo
Apr. 8, 2008, 01:11 PM
I ride with a sjambok... or my riding crop that has two small thowing knives in the base for protection.

gabz
Apr. 8, 2008, 07:48 PM
Please keep these thoughts in mind when locating a place for a cell phone. Since we are all talking about keeping the phone with us in the event of a fall ... or separation from the horse (the reason NOT to put it in a saddle/horn pack).

Do NOT place it at the small of your back. put it to either side so that if you fall ON your back, you don't cause spinal damage.

My friend recently had a horse suddenly drop to the ground and roll on her leg. She was glad she did NOT have the leg strap for her cell phone because she would have had MORE injury.

Another friend was hurt badly with her cellphone on her belt at her hip.

I injured myself terribly - a MONSTER hematoma - in my groin when I had a pocket knife in my jeans pocket and I was tossed against the pommel of my western saddle when my horse jumped over a small creek. (the hematoma was about 4 inches long and about 2 inches high in the center... took months for it to go away and I still have a hard lump there).

If you wear it under your arm, you risk breaking ribs.

I have decided that since I have a "fleshy" middle, to wear it as close to my belly as I can and NOT against anyplace bony.

I know that some of these are freak instances... (I have since relocated the knife that I carry)... but that's exactly what we have to expect when out "hacking" ...

birdsong
Apr. 8, 2008, 08:21 PM
I was taught to shoot the gun toward the rear of the horse so he can jump forward if he feels like he needs to escape...rather than spinning. I have found the first shot on a spooky horse just causes them to flinch...its the repetitive shooting that will unnerve a horse thats intolerant.

Dalriada
Apr. 11, 2008, 08:29 PM
Make sure the cell phone is on YOU not the horse in case both of you get separated.

upslady
Apr. 11, 2008, 09:42 PM
I use a mp3 player arm band case.. it holds tight to your arm with velco.. it does not bounce around at all. I keep baggie in the bottom so if it looks like it is going to rain that day I just put it in the bag.. l like it on my arm since if do get hurt I hope I can reach with my other arm that far to retrieve the phone..

Jaegermonster
Apr. 12, 2008, 08:04 AM
What does one's horse do when you shoot off its back? Mine would spin and bolt and I would probably end up on the ground as fair game for whatever I was shooting at.:lol: This is the main reason I don't carry when I'm trail riding.

It's called training. Mine don't do anything, but I have worked with them on it.

Get a cap gun or pop gun, and carry it while you ride or are working around your horse. Pop it off A LOT until it is no big deal. Then go somewhere where you can shoot, if your area has a mounted unit they can help you, and shoot maybe 3 or 4 rounds off your horse.
You don't want to shoot a lot of live ammo off a horse because they can hear the small noise the gun makes right before it goes off and they will begin to anticipate it. It doesn't matter which direction you shoot off of him, just don't try to shoot over or near his head, because it never ends well.

Of course, I am assuming that you are already comfortable with a firearm and fairly proficient with it on the ground before you try to use it on horseback.

Jaegermonster
Apr. 12, 2008, 08:08 AM
So there is a risk of a gun going off and hurting you/horse or at least causing a stampede if you drop it or fall off with it?

At the very least I'd imagine the chances of you falling off and getting a nice bruise/broken ribs from your gun are far, far greater than your chances of being attacked on horseback, no? :confused:

No, guns don't "go off" by themselves. YOu can get hurt if you fall on it as I stated before, if you have it right on your hip, but if you carry it more to the rear you might end up with a bruise. Hopefully if you do fall, it will be in your hand and not an issue.

No one is saying you have to carry one if you are not comfortable with it or you don't want to, if you're worried about carrying it then don't. It just came up in the conversation.
Just like any other weapon, people need to make intelligent informed decisions based on their abilities, the area in which they ride and what they are comfortable with.

Shadow14
Apr. 12, 2008, 08:34 AM
When you ride, have you carried your pistol with you? What do you carry when you do have it? I have a mid size Glock .9mm.

:)

Things are getting pretty bad when you have to start carrying a gun on a ride. You already have the advantage of having a horse that will carry you swiftly away from danger.
Do you really think you could pull that gun, control the horse and use it?? At the first shot you would be on your butt in the dirt in worst shape then if you had simply run away.
As for a cell phone holder any place that sells workmans tool belts have phone holders that either clip to the belt or have a loop that passes through it.
Hope you don't get dumped some day and land on that gun.

Jetiki
Apr. 12, 2008, 09:42 AM
I have a small phone but they have some for the slightly larger phones, it hooks over the belt area of your pants and has a magnetic latch on the front to hold the phone in. Was only about $13. I went out and cleaned stalls in it last night and it wasn't in my way and it didn't move on the waist of my pants.

Similar to these http://www.cellphoneshop.net/celphonleatc.html


karen

Xanthoria
Apr. 12, 2008, 10:16 AM
Things are getting pretty bad when you have to start carrying a gun on a ride.

I know right? Where on earth do people live that they feel the need to carry a gun around on horseback, ready to kill people!?

Shadow14
Apr. 12, 2008, 11:39 AM
I know right? Where on earth do people live that they feel the need to carry a gun around on horseback, ready to kill people!?

My horse will outrun any person on earth, anyone. Give me 10 foot head start and no human being has a chance.
Now try sneaking up on a horse?? Impossible. Deer that stay quiet in the bush are picked up by my horse and pointed out. A small squirrel moves and he sees it. How is a man going to suddenly jump up and pull you from the saddle? If he stayed perfectly still and waited even till you were 5 feet away the instant he appeared the horse who spook and be gone and he wouldn't stand a chance.
As for guns I shot combat for years, shot on a precision shooting team, shot bench rest, hunted, owned every caliper going so guns are not new to me, I keep a few at home but as for carrying one out riding?? That is rediculous.
Learn to be a better rider, the best protection is flight.

kookicat
Apr. 12, 2008, 05:59 PM
I have a nice thin flat phone and shove it into the top of my boot, on the outside of my leg. I can't do it with all of my boots (Most are too snug!) but my old mountain horse boots that I wear out hacking are just loose enough to fit.

If I don't want put it there, I have a holder for it that goes around my forearm. I damaged my knee by falling onto a phone when I had it on my leg. Big ouch (especially as the phone was pretty expensive, and it was pretty smushed.)

Diamond Jake
Apr. 15, 2008, 02:40 PM
It is starting to sound like the safest place for my phone is up my arse.....I mean, that has the most cushion, and I never fall on that.....:lol:

I still ride with my phone clipped to my breeches at the small of my back. if I fall, no matter where my phone is, my chances of getting hurt are all equal. If I have anything tight on my arms my hands will fall asleep, on my legs and it will come off in the woods.

Now that I think about it- I do not care for my phone at all. Verizon EnV- Huge and bulky. Maybe time to go back to the phone store....

Depending on where people ride, I do not think riding with a gun is not such a bad idea. There is even a clinician now who teaches safety on the trail, but not for riding one's horse, but for those who may be attacked in the woods.

If I ever had to ride out a great deal and farther distances on my own, I would want a gun. Either to protect myself from wildlife or people, or possibly even make the ultimate decision to end my horse's life if something awful happens and I cannot reach help and do not want him to suffer....
Just my $.02

Rachel L
Apr. 15, 2008, 03:54 PM
What does one's horse do when you shoot off its back?

I went to a desensitizing-to-gunshots demo given by a mounted shooting guy at the Backcountry Horsemen of California Rendezvous a few weeks ago. The clinician would shoot the guns while the people with horses led or rode their horses around him. I was interested to see that most of the horses were far more upset by the SMOKE than the sound of the shots.