Sometimes, folks look at my gear and say "wow, that's a lot of stuff." Othertimes, it's "wow, that's hardly anything!" And if someone sees my pile of bags and equipment without seeing the way they all attach, it's usually "how do you get it all on there and yourself too?"
Actually, its not complicated and not very much stuff considering the miles we're traveling and how many different situations we have to be prepared for. The combined bag weight is about 50 lbs, plus around 25 for my saddle and other tack. With myself added to the total, the max weight for Apollo to carry is 200 lbs. This is not much for a horse his size, which is a good thing! It will allow him to travel easier, with less stress and strain on his back and legs, reducing the risk of injury and fatigue.
Here's how it all fits together: notice I do fit in the saddle too! It takes almost an hour to groom, saddle and attach everything... plus the time it takes to repack my bags in the morning. And longer when he's been rolling in mud (which is any chance he gets, and that's often with all the rain we've been having!). Curious about my outfit too? Read about it here!