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Enjoy California's Wilderness this summer with UC Davis

January 21, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Summer Horsepacking Adventures announced by
UC Davis Extension

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.

• June 9–12 (Saturday to Tuesday), 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• Bishop, CA.: Benton Hot Springs B & B, 55137 Hwy 120
• $900 includes horse, saddle, meals, and instruction
• Enroll in section 114OTH800

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.

• July 8–14 (Sunday to Saturday), 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Lone Pine, CA: Horseshoe Meadows Pack Station
• $1,400. Includes horse, saddle, meals, and instruction.
• Enroll in section 121OTH800.


Craig London, D.V.M., co-owner of Rock Creek Pack Station and Mt. Whitney Pack Trains.
Janet Roser, Ph.D., professor with the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis.

For more information

Download the brochure for additional information and itinerary by clicking the following link:

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