UC Davis Today: Horsepacking programs focus on wilderness skills

donkeys being led in a pack over water

Horsepacking programs focus on wilderness skills

UC Davis Extension will offer three horsepacking adventure courses this summer. The four to seven-day courses with up to six hours of riding per day give students the chance to explore the Sierra Nevada while learning valuable skills about horse care in the wilderness. They include: 

Mustangs: A Living Legacy (June 8-11) is a popular educational trek through the Pizona area of Inyo National Forest, and a great place to learn about mustangs and packing. While this adventure is open to any level rider, beprepared to ride three to six hours a day with a break for lunch. 

Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness (July 7-13) is a deluxe pack trip in the high Sierra with expert instruction on wilderness horse care. The instructors will discuss equipment, emergency veterinary care, feeding and managing livestock in the backcountry, and more. 

Equine Emergency Medicine and Rescue techniques for the Wilderness Environment (July 14-20), offered for the first time this summer, is aimed at improving the skills of veterinarians and first responders involved in equine wilderness emergencies. Instructor Craig London teaches all three of the courses. 

UC Davis Extension is the continuing and professional education division of the university with nearly 50,000 annual enrollments in classroom and online university-level courses.

Pack donkeys are led over a stream. Bill Bealmear/UC Davis photo

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