Mountain Horsemanship: Veterinary Care and Horsepacking in the Wilderness

Learn horsepacking and veterinary care in the high Sierra. This deluxe pack trip covers all the essentials of horsepacking in the wilderness—with the Golden Trout Wilderness of the High Sierra as your laboratory. The instructors will discuss equipment, emergency veterinary care, feeding and managing livestock in the backcountry, and more. Past participants have acclaimed it as an outstanding adventure.


Originating from Horseshoe Meadows, this course travels through the Golden Trout Wilderness of the High Sierra, near Sequoia National Park.


The program consists of a series of informal but structured presentations and discussions spread throughout a wilderness horseback camping experience.

Lecture and Discussion Topics

  • Wilderness conduct of people
  • Trail riding
  • Feeding livestock in the backcountry
  • Backcountry livestock management
  • Preventive medicine
  • Evaluating the normal horse
  • Treating a hurt or sick horse in the wilderness
  • Mules

Laboratory and Topics

  • Packing: equipment, fitting saddles, making loads, hitches, leading strings of mules, etc.
  • Backcountry shoeing
  • Veterinary skills: physical examination, floating teeth, intramuscular/IV injections, applying wraps, animal restraint and aging horses
  • Evaluating conformation
  • Shoeing
  • Diagnostic techniques in evaluating lameness

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Academic Units
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Lone Pine - Pack Station at Horseshoe Meadows

Inyo National Forest, LONE PINE, CA, 93545

Lone Pine - Pack Station at Horseshoe Meadows

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.

Given the “hands-on,” highly experiential nature of this program, we are currently planning to run it in person, as scheduled. Circumstances are constantly evolving, however, and based on guidance from state and local officials and UC Davis leadership, that may change.

Enrollment Policies

Refunds, less a $150 processing fee, will be given only if we receive written notification prior to June 11, 2021. No refunds will be issued after June 11, 2021.

This course is exempt from any form of discount.