Only time I carried a handgun while hunting is when hunting that same area that Buffybr was talking about outside of Yellowstone during the early rifle elk and deer season. And then it was just a snubnose .38 and the only time I pulled it was to shoot a grouse.
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,...