By Patty Wilber
Last Saturday (April 15th), the NM Back Country Horsemen, Pecos Chapter held a BCH 101 clinic to go over some basics of BCHing.
We had four stations.
1. Horse containment.
When we do an overnight project, equines need to be contained. Typically, we use existing pens, highline, or set up portable electric-wire pens. Animals can be hobbled to allow grazing time, as well.
Cheryl and Kit covered highlining, portable electric fencing and hobbling (since everyone already knows how to use existing pens)!
Because our containment instructors were stationed in the parking lot of the Edgewood Arena, they set up the highline between two trailers!
Last (2016) Memorial Day Weekend, a number of us re-upped our sawyer certifications. (See Saw Certified and Desalted.) Peter was one of those, and he, with the help of James (who is 5, I think) talked about the basics of safe back-country sawing .
We cut, push, pull, lever and roll lots of logs when out on the trail, so LOGically speaking, we need to know how. DendroLOGically speaking, we have logs of fun.
In order to get our saws, pry bar, and wedges to the logs, we load up our pack animals! The animals may also carry trail rakes, axes, pulaskis, shovels, first aid kits (and even food and supplies, if we go out overnight).
Nichole and Derek demonstrated the basics of BCH packing.
4. Trail ride.
Linda organized the trail ride and I helped. We reviewed saddle bag contents, discussed trail safety, and took a short trail ride. The Edgewood Arena (which is open to the public) has a nice set of obstacles (including LOGS!) that served as the start of our ride.
In addition, we had planned encounters.
Overall, people seemed to have a lot of fun!
Our Pecos Chapter President, Mary Ann Ende, deserves a big THANK-YOU for all her organizational efforts and the time LOGGED to make this event a go.