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College of Forestry and Conservation

Wilderness Outfitting and Packing:
Learn the Art of Packing Horses and Mules
Available for 1 credit as PTRM 395
January-March 2014


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This completecourse offers hands-on instruction working with packing equipment, horses, and mules. Classes are limited to 12 students per session allowing the instructor to work closely with each student. No prior experience is necessary and credit is available through Continuing Education at the University of Montana.

Course topics include general horse handling, packing, and minimum impact horse use and camping techniques. Students receive an introduction to safe handling of horses and mules, main injury points, riding equipment, picketinDescription: Macintosh HD:Users:rachel.james:Desktop:Unknown.gifg, hobbling, emergency shoeing, and basic backcountry horse care. The course also teaches packing, cargoing, loading and more.

The 8 week course begins the week of January 28, 2013 and ends the second week of March. Class meets once a week for 3 hours at Smoke Elser's barn in the Rattlesnake.
The choice of class times are: Sundays 2-5 pm, Mondays 7-10 pm, Tuesdays 7-10 pm, or Thursdays 7-10 pm.
Course fee: $200, plus $135 continuing education tuition fee if taken for UM credit.
For more information, contact visit Box:  or call 243-6916.