California Riding Magazine • February, 2013

Go For It!
UC Davis Extension offers three summer horsepacking adventures.

photos by Bill Bealmear

UC Davis Extension has three unique outdoor adventures set for this summer and they all take participants into the California wilderness on horseback. The trip themes are Mustangs: A Living Legacy; Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness; and Equine Emergency Medicine and Rescue Techniques for the Wilderness Environment.

During the Mustangs: A Living Legacy adventure, participants will track wild horses and relive the Old West in the seldom-visited Pizona area of Inyo National Forest. From a central meadow camp, riders will track Mustangs in their natural pinyon forest habitat, and learn the social behavior of the horses and their current struggle. This program is a special opportunity that combines a superb outdoor adventure and a unique educational experience in exploring the biology, ecology and behavior of a proud and beautiful animal—the North American wild horse.

This trip is slated for June 8-11, out of Bishop. Enrollment is $900.
Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness, is a deluxe seven-day pack trip covering the essentials of horsepacking in the wilderness. The laboratory is the Golden Trout Wilderness of the High Sierra. The instructor will discuss equipment, emergency veterinary care, feeding and managing livestock in the backcountry. Past participants have described this excursion as an outstanding adventure.

This trip runs July 7-13 out of the Horseshoe Meadows Pack Station in Lone Pine. Enrollment is $1,625.

Equine Emergency Medicine and Rescue Techniques for the Wilderness Environment is a seven-day trip. The goal is to improve the veterinary knowledge base for veterinarians or first responders who may be involved in an equine wilderness trail emergency. Additional lectures will be given on the essentials of horsepacking in the wilderness.

This trip takes place July 14-20, also out of Horseshoe Meadows in Lone Pine. The cost is $1,625. All enrollment fees include horse, saddle, meals and instruction.

UC Davis Extension, the continuing and professional education division of UC Davis, has been an internationally recognized leader in educational outreach for individuals, organizations and communities for more than 50 years. With more than 50,000 annual enrollments in classroom and online university-level courses, UC Davis Extension serves lifelong learners in the growing Sacramento region, all 50 states and nearly 100 countries.

For more information or to enroll, call 800-752-0881, e-mail extension@ucdavis.edu or visit www.extension.ucdavis.edu/equine.