UtahTrailRider

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  1. This is how I pack elk out. I've traveled a lot of miles, Mostly in the fall during hunting with a pack horse Even my daughters have learned how to lead a pack horse. This mare is getting her rest BEFORE we start up the trail; After I pack in my camp, I often have to make a second or third roundtrip to get bags of feed for the horses. Often in October there is no grazing left on the mountain I mostly use a riding saddle with Saddle Paniers thrown over the saddle. This allows me to pack in what is needed and still have a saddle for the extra people in my group to ride during camp.
  2. My wife took my kids on plane trips to foreign countries and I put them on horses and headed for the remote areas Starting at a young age They got Wet some days And they got to see some wild flowers and shady groves Some days they dragged pack horses and some days that got dragged by them I worked hard at teaching them how to spot trail markers and how to find their way off the mountain if something happened to me. Also taught them what they could eat and what to avoid on the mountain And in general how to be safe when in the outdoors.
  3. My middle daughter had moved to California when she was 22, On a trip home she asked to go for a ride. So we loaded up and headed up the mountain. While riding I was asking her about her life, new boy friends etc. She had been seeing a boy kinda steady, So I asked what kind of conversations they were having. She said he had asked her a question that prompted some thought. He had asked her what her "Best Childhood Memories were" She said, "Dad, you can't tell mom" I assumed all the hours my wife spend at Piano, ballet, The Nutcracker that she danced in, Softball etc would be high on her list. My wife had taken each of our daughters to Rome, Paris, Germany, China and Australia before they graduated. So world travel might be an answer. But her response was, The camping trips the horses and me. ( my wife rarely rides. and I rarely fly) So all was not wasted to take my daughters for horse rides.
  4. I use grain extremely sparingly. My horses don't get grain in their regular diet. But when I'm hunting or packing, I bring some along for the concentrated calories. Since the horses are working harder and not getting as much grass/hay when they at work all day. I also carry a little grain in a nose bag, that I can shake and give to my horses on the mountain. During lunch I may let the graze while I eat my lunch. Rather than chase the horses down, I pull out the nose bag and give it a shake or two. My horses have learned to expect it and readily come back to me so I can continue my ride. I do use soaked beet pulp in the colder weather to help add water to my horses diet, Same is true for days that I know I will be working them hard. After they have drank, I offer them soaked pulp, Which they slurp down. Also a great way to slip a little electrolyte in. Since my horses don't seem to care what I've slipped into their pulp.
  5. A quick look in my folders of photos and everybody seems to be parallel to the trees, at least when there are trees to compare to.
  6. The Red Rock ride is a week long ride where they move you to the various trails that you will ride. They are booked for 2014, But that outfitter has 400+ horses and most are stationed at the various national parks where he has the concession license to guide. You don't have to do the full $3000 week long ride. You can just show up at Say Bryce Canyon and ride one or two rides that may be all day or half day depending on what you book. The Vegas airport is a little closer than the Salt Lake Airport. It is about 4 hours drive from SLC and 3 hours over from Vegas to get to the Bryce Canyon area. We rode in Zion National Park a week ago. Snowed at home and we enjoyed 60°F afternoons as we rode. I had pulled the shoes a week ago, So I had tried to stay on trails with softer footing. But we still got into some rocks, But the horses did great. The trail drops from here in pretty steep switch backs down into LaVerkin Creek.
  7. Better hurry, Falls colors are here and the snow is already on the ground
  8. We put a little surveyors tape on, But we don't over do it. It's never been that big of deal or risk. I expect other hunters to respect me as much as I respect them. I definitely don't shoot a sounds or movement in the bushes. But I realize that some of you folks live in areas where people are less concerned about their fellow man. Even when I've got horns tied on my animals, Its not like we cover them in orange
  9. I just tie a few pieces of Surveyors ribbon onto the horses halter, saddles etc.
  10. I have to be careful about cutting wire. We have grazing permit fences that run across a lot of the mountains. When cattle are on the grazing permit, The 5 strand barbwire fence is stood up and contains the cattle to that permit. During the months that the cattle are not in the area, The ranchers lay the fence down so the deer and elk can freely move with having to jump the fence and I suspect so the snowmobile riders don't hit an unseen fence in the winter when they are zipping along at 50 mph. If you cut the wire laying on the ground, the rancher has to repair the fence when come back into the area. We just have to use care in crossing barb wire laying on the ground. It is usually very easy to spot, I mean it's a 5 strand fence, and usually running through a clear cut. I agree on the duct tape, but for day rides I don't worry about it. Over night trips, I might throw it in, I've wrapped a few hooves in my days that have thrown shoes. I always have matches in my cantle bag. In cold weather, I often add a small bottle of fire starter. 2-3 oz can help get a fire going in wet or really cold weather when you need heat in a hurry. I've had riders get dumped in streams during winter rides and they need heat really fast to offset the cold. It is a shame that the Meth drug industry has ruined the match industry. As a kid I could buy really good wooden strike anywhere matches. Today most of the matches you buy, no longer have the red and white Phosphorus, what ever chemicals they use now a days are a poor excuse for matches. And Butane lighters don't work at elevation.
  11. Day rides, which can be 8-12 hours long, I keep the same stuff in the cantle bag. Toilet Paper, couple bottles of water, a few granola bars and some individually wrapped jerky. Usually add an apple or can of peaches, maybe a bag of sunflower seeds or pistachio nuts. Over night trips, I take a pack horse and everything else goes in the panniers. Sleeping bag, extra cloths, tent, cook stove, food, During hunting season, extra knives, maybe a bow saw for cutting wood and if it is late enough in the year that the grass is gone, We will pack in hay or pellets for the horses.
  12. I learned about trail riding by competing in NATRC competitive trail rides. At the time, they did not allow anything about the cornet line on a horses leg.. I ride about 1000 trail miles each year. other than a few nicks and "rock bites" my horses have done just fine with no leg protection.
  13. I used to come down once or twice a year and ride the Blues and Abjo mountains. But friends move and my motivation for driving that far has also wained. I wanted to get out of the valley heat Saturday, So I loaded up and headed for the Uintas. The parking lot for the Highline trail is at 10,300 foot. So it's a lot cooler up there than my home in the valley at 4500 foot. Your photos of the Blues seem to be a lot more open than I remember, But definitely not as forested or rocky as the Uintas where I rode. Of course there are some beautiful meadows.
  14. I'm fortunate in that we just don't get the nasty bugs that some of you get. I remember a trail ride in the Mark Twain forest in Missouri when I was test ridding a horse. I thought no wonder these horses all put on 200 lbs when I bring them home,. No blood sucking bugs. But we do on occasions have to deal with deer flies in the mountains. It doesn't seem to matter how much fly spray you put on, Those flies will ignore it and still attack the horses. So the fly mask, ear covers and rump sheets may be the best solution and I may have to consider them. I usually got by using a short leafy branch I break off a tree as a fly swatter and keeping them brushed off my horses neck. I've also worried about the swarms of mosquitos that cover my horses in camp when I pack into the back country. They also seem totally unaffected by the amount of fly spray. They don't seem to be too bad during the day while we ride, But the swarms just about carry off the horses when they are standing at the highline.
  15. Looks like you had fun, What lake were you at?