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What you should do and should not do When Lost in the Woods

Lost in the wood

The wild is a strange place. A lot can happen in the wilderness. From facing a conniving predator to losing control of your equine friend, a lot has happened to some of the most experienced campers, hikers, and riders in the wild. How you emerge from the experience depends on your preparation and knowledge.

What should you NEVER do when you lose your horse in the wilderness?

We have seen some of the most seasoned trail riders lose track of their horses after a rustle set them off. Before heading out into the outback always remember that horses are very trustworthy, but they have a natural fear of predatory actions. Sometimes, a rustle of leaves or a slight movement in the undergrowth in a predator’s area is enough to get them running. When a horse is scared, it can easily throw the rider off. If that happens, do not start waving your hands, yelling at the poor thing or chase the horse. They usually do not take it as friendly behavior when they are under threat.

What should you do when alone in the wilds?

Instead, you should start looking for ways to signal to your companions or the nearest ranger’s office.

  • When you have high powered torches, shining it above your head can act as a strong signal. Always test your torch batteries before carrying them with you for camping or outback rides.
  • Since you will have some time to prepare for your next ride, you should also keep a sharp whistle with you. Inside the quietness of forests, your whistle will be easily audible for long distances and the sound will help the rescue parties locate you faster.
  • You can find a moderate clearing and light a fire. It will keep you warm, keep the wild animals away and the volume of smoke rising straight up can act as a strong signal to indicate your exact location.

You should always kindle hope

It is very important that you do not wander off after your horse. Multiple Kentucky Derby Packages show that our equine friends tend to return to their shed from a known terrain. When and if they do, the keepers will notice your absence. This is why it is of utmost importance that you share your plans with the horse keepers or the resort manager and your companions. In case you do not turn up to a pre-planned event or your horse does not show up, they will know where to start looking.

But, you should always prepare for the worst!

You must always prepare for the worst, even when you have the brightest ray of hope. This means locating fresh water if you are running low, building a makeshift shelter or looking for a tree that can shelter you for the night and arranging for firewood that can see you through till the next morning. Taking note of your resources and all contingencies will help you stay safe even when you are lost in the wilderness.

Author Bio: Mandy Bular is a freelance content writer. She has written many good and informative articles on different categories such as technology, health, fashion, education, career, travel etc. She is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the health and fitness industry and currently associated as a blogger with