Congrats on a good day. I can say hopefully you will continue to enjoy many more of them days, since thats my favorite day for being here B/D :\:D/. My first deer came in 1977 and mine was a bear bow. I don't have any pictures but do have the patches.
So you've booked an outfitted hunt this year. And you're going to get to ride horses into the mountains to save your legs and your back.
I've met lots of guys who've been in this same situation. They figure, "heck, how hard can it be?" But, I assure you, if you don't learn to get along with your mount for the week, it's going to be a bumpy, scary, noisy, and life threatening experience.
First, let's start with the horse itself. A horse trained under western style has 4 gears. The walk, trot,...