Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness | UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education

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Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness

This deluxe, seven-day pack trip covers the essentials of horsepacking with the Golden Trout Wilderness of the High Sierra as your laboratory. Past participants have acclaimed it as an outstanding adventure. Learn about equipment, emergency veterinary care, feeding and managing livestock in the backcountry, and more.

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, intramuscular/IV injections, applying wraps, animal restraint and aging horses
  • Shoeing

Additional information is available on request.


Craig London, D.V.M., is co-owner of Rock Creek Pack Station and Mt. Whitney Pack Trains in the southeastern Sierra Nevada mountains. He practices veterinary medicine in Bishop and has taught many UC Davis Extension courses on veterinary care and wilderness horsepacking.
Janet Roser, Ph.D., is a professor with the Department of Animal Science, UC Davis. She directs and teaches the equine program and carries out research in the area of hormone regulation of reproductive function in the stallion and mare.


Sun., Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., 7:30am to 5:30pm, Jul 14 to Jul 20


Lone Pine - Pack Station at Horseshoe Meadows Inyo National Forest, LONE PINE CA 93545

Section Notes

Participants will be packing into the wilderness for the duration of the course and should plan on spending at least six hours in the saddle each day.

These programs are open to anyone 18 or older. Those under 18 may attend only by special permission from Craig London. Although riding experience is not required, the trips require riding up to six hours some days, so you should be in reasonably good physical condition.

Prior approval is required for persons weighing more than 200 pounds or those who are very heavy for their height, and for persons with physical traits or disabilities that may pose a safety risk to themselves.



Fee $1,625.00

Enrollment Policies

Refunds, less a $150 processing fee, will be given only if we receive written notification prior to June 14, 2019. No refunds will be issued after June 14, 2019.

This course is exempt from any form of discount.

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"This class was a life-changing experience!"

Rose Rollo

"A fantastic course. I learned a lot and had the trip of a lifetime!"

Bill Bealmear

"I began the trip apprehensively, loving the idea of it but not quite sure I could follow through with the reality. I ended the trip wanting it to keep going!" 

Nancy Harrington