I would have to say my dream hunt would be the exact same as yours. In fact, I want to go on several sheep hunts before I die, but I need to start on the first one. I am applying in several states for points and I know I have several years still to wait. However, I am really looking forward to it. I am happy getting some additional years of out west hunting and backpacking under my belt before setting out on a dream hunt. I have so many hunts that I still want to do and I think I finally have a pretty good plan in place to be able to draw a quality tag every year for the conceivable future. I need to start getting youth points where I can for my son so that he doesn't have to wait as long as I do! Then again, if he goes when he is too young, I don't think he will appreciate it quite the same.
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,...