Just another good argument to ban dog hunting. Oops, did I say that? I've had the same experience with dog hunters: for some reason they think they are above the prescribed laws as well as the laws of decent behavior. Overall, they give hunting a bad name and people like that will drive the whole sport into the ground.
Good fences means good neighbors. High fence or even a good goat wire fence would slow them dogs down. Make a small section that folds down and let the dogs run deer right on your property. Keep your gates locked and file criminal tresspass.
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,...