As far as Mountain lions in missouri goes I think it's all a bunch of hype. I know if I had to go by the regulations that is set for captive wildlife and had several like some do. I would get rid of them myself. If a grown cat eats 3 deer a week then that's a lot of meat. If I had a pair like most breeders do and couldn't get rid of them by the time they went to eating the full amount, I'm guessing their door gets left open now and then and that's where all these cat sightings are coming from. Oh I heard on the radio about a "mountain lion" in this womans back yard. She called 911 and the sheriffs deputies came and found it in the brush behind the house. After they shot and killed this "mountain lion" they went house to house to find out who's house cat they shot. What a joke! These folks need to get real. With all the coon huting that goes on in this state you'd think they would tree a lion now and then. Isn't that how they manage lions in the western states? A buddy of mine took his Missouri Coon hound and went to Colorado lion hunting. Tree'd a cat right off the bat. It's kinda funny he can't here with lions behind every tree!
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,...