I am a former graduate of West Virginia's hunter safty program at Nutter Fort Elementry School, which was an early pioneer of what is now manditory in most States. It was a powerful tool that has stayed with me through the years. Today I'm an Arkansas resident and big game hunter with 30 years of accident free hunting experience. I'm all for a useful education. ( a useful education? Wow what a concept!) No, the feds will never go for it.
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,...