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UC Davis Extension Equine Programs plan summer horsepacking adventures

January 20, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

UC Davis Extension Equine Programs urges you to enjoy California's wilderness.

Join fellow horse enthusiasts for dinner and learn more about UC Davis Extension’s horsepacking adventure courses. Instructor Craig London will present slides and photos showcasing horsepacking excursions of years past. This three-hour open house is for anyone interested in attending one of the two summer courses.

When: Saturday, February 5, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: UC Davis: 1st Floor, Rec Pool Lodge, LaRue Rd, Davis, California
Cost: $25, includes dinner

Mustangs: A Living Legacy

Track wild horses and relive the Old West in the seldom-visited Pizona area of Inyo National Forest. From a central meadow camp, riders track mustangs in their natural pinyon forest habitat. Observe and photograph mustang herds and wildflowers. Learn the social behavior of the horses and their current struggle. Enjoy spectacular sunsets of the Sierra and White Mountains while a cook prepares dinner over an open fire. 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.

When: June 11-14 (Saturday-Tuesday), 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where: Benton Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast, 55137 Hwy 120, Bishop, California
Cost: $750, includes horse, saddle, meals and instruction. Enroll in section 104OTH800.

Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness

This deluxe pack trip covers the essentials of horsepacking in the wilderness—with the Golden Trout Wilderness of the high Sierra as your laboratory. The instructor will discuss equipment, emergency veterinary care, feeding and managing livestock in the backcountry. Past participants have acclaimed it as an outstanding adventure. Lecture and laboratory topics include: wilderness conduct of people; trail riding safety and horse equipment; methods of feeding livestock in the backcountry; management of livestock; preventative medicine; evaluating the normal horse; treating a hurt or sick horse in the wilderness; packing equipment, fitting saddles, making loads, hitches and leading strings of mules; veterinary skills including physical examination, floating teeth, IM IV injections, applying wraps, animal restraint and aging horses; and shoeing.

When: July 10-16 (Sunday-Saturday), 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Horseshoe Meadows, Lone Pine, California
Cost: $1,400, includes horse, saddle, meals and instruction. Enroll in section 111OTH800.

For more information

For general information or to enroll, contact UC Davis Extension at (800) 752-0881 or e-mail

A brochure containing more information and an itinerary is available for download at