Backcountry Horsemanship

Barnesc6

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Hey gents,
Looking for a good read or podcast about backcountry horsemanship. I’ve team roped for many years- own horses. Last year I took a couple of rental horses and packed all my gear in on a fall hunt. Really want to learn more in regards to horsemanship... I used some saddle panniers from Davis tent co and they worked outstanding. Any suggestions?
 

BigAntlerGetter

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Facebook has a page
Packing in on Mules & Horses. The admin of that page runs royal time guide school, there is a ton of knowledgeable people on there that typically want to help people learn. Few will be very blunt and seem almost standoffish but that’s mainly cause they have seen the wrecks that can happen and want to be straight forward.

Biggest rule of packing get you packs even, it’s hard to do with saddle panniers but 5 lbs can be the difference between a safe trip and a yard sale. The only time I ever use saddle panniers is to pack meat.

Learn to use a lash rope and manty tarp, a box hitch will work in almost every situation.

I do suggest getting a pack saddle for your packing gear, keep the saddle panniers for if you need to use them. You harvest, camp goes on pack horse, meat goes on your saddle horse, you walk out.

Some guys will say different but i have seen the wrecks that come with people just renting horses and going, if you at least have horse knowledge it’s a huge advantage


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the three things that are most important in packing are-attention to detail

admittedly, it can be hard to know what the details are until you 'discover' them the hard way.
 
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Barnesc6

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Right on- I’ve owned horses for years and rope regularly so I’m just new to packing more so than horse behavior. The Davis saddle panniers aren’t you’re typical meat panniers. They have a lot of extra straps to bring the weight off the side of the horse and help keep things centered. I also used a packers scale last year to get both panniers to within a pound of one another. I was able to haul in 360lbs of gear with 3 horses last year and it seemed to work pretty damn well. We were traveling on BLM as well so it wasn’t a groomed NF trail. We just used them to haul camp only. I’ll contact royal guide school and see if they know any reading material that would be good- just looking to learn more is all
 

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If you’re specifically looking for books, find a couple written by Dan Aadland. Train Your Horse for the Backcountry and Complete Trail Horse come to mind. He has others that may interest you as well.
 

BigAntlerGetter

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See you got regular panniers that concert to saddle panniers, then yes those ones are great being able to even both sides! Manty tarps and lash lines work great in a wreck



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