Backcountry Horsemen trip opens eyes of youth

Lisa Schmidt , Prairie Pondering Published 11:01 a.m. MT Aug. 13, 2019


Greg Schatz tightens a manty rope while Bob Hermance keeps his horse relaxed. Fourteen teenagers from Montana, Alberta and Mexico learned to pack horses at Boone and Crockett’s summer camp. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

The teenagers piled out of the van as we tied the last rope for the shade tarp. Sweat already threatened to drip off my nose. Haze from a far-away fire clouded the mountain view. 

But the palette of green grass, along with cottonwood and birch trees, complemented rugged rocks hugging the meadow we enjoyed. The horses stood at the trailers, resting with their legs cocked, ready to be stars of the show. 

Seven of us Backcountry Horsemen volunteers would attempt to teach 14 campers from Alberta, Montana and Mexico what it is

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