Don't be afraid to go the extra distance. You have to eliminate as much as possible the factor of hunting pressure. most hunters have a comfort zone you have to be willing to get beyond that zone thats were you will find the elk. Move slow but cover ground. GOOD LUCK!!
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,...