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2022 Montana Event Packing/Wilderness Clinic


August 19-21, 2022

Limited to 12 students

Come learn how to prepare your horses and pack an entire camp using practical and proven methods from a group that works and lives in the most remote wilderness.

This group of instructors includes Cayde O’Brien, Karinthia Herweyer, Racheal Lineberger, Katie Horton and Jody Oliver; women that grew up hunting and packing in the mountains, a professional outfitter and hunting guide, a military survival instructor; NOLS instructor, a rodeo cowgirl, colt-starting clinicians and horse enthusiasts. They want to show you how it’s done right and safe for both horse and rider. 

Clinic Outline:

  • History and nomenclature of the Decker and Sawbuck pack saddle system
  • Care, maintenance and proper fit of a pack saddle
  • What to take and not to take into the backcountry: Leave No Trace Principles
  • Grizzly Bear Safety and Survival Skills in the Backcountry
  • Basic knots used in packing
  • Building a balanced load
  • Securing a load using the Decker and Sawbuck System
  • Leading a pack string: rate and control
  • Adjusting and evaluating the load
  • Groundwork and reading your horse
  • Preparation for the breeching (britching) and lead ropes under the tail
  • Foot ropes and hobble training
  • Tailing horses together in a string
  • Horse Containment
  • Bell mares, pickets, high lines, using natural barriers and electric fences
  • Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration

Learn all the Basics you need to take your first pack trip (group/team setting)

The clinic will run two full days on the 19th and 20th with a half day session on the 21st. 

*Private, one hour lessons available during August 19-21 as well- email for more information*

Women teaching Women – Changing the equine world “One Horse Owner at a Time”

*If you cannot bring a horse, horses are available*

*Full Refunds until August 1st*

Stalls and Dry camping available. Email for reservations. Camp spots are $15/night, Stalls are $15/per night, big pens $25/night 

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