By Patty Wilber
I bought my very own pack saddle (thanks Jackie for bidding on it at the auction)! It is a modified Decker. The rigging is all nylon and it would be nice to re-rig with leather–maybe for Christmas–or– maybe not!
I used it two weeks ago on Tabooli. We packed in food and tools for a trail crew. We did 14 miles round trip in one day and it went without a hitch–well–I used a box hitch, so, there was a HITCH. I guess I should have said, “It went very smoothly!”
I will miss all the rest of the July pack trips: This weekend is my last chance to tune up on cows for the Appaloosa Nationals, so I am doing that. (T and my pack saddle are going on the pack trip this weekend though, with Kee and his horse Cookie.)
Buckshot is on his way to the Nationals! Next weekend I will be there too. The next weekend: A paint show. The last weekend: A stock horse show. Geez maybe I should go get some range cows (well there is that LITTLE problem of a lease) so I have an excuse not to show!
Here are some different pack saddles used on our trip–
Here are a couple trip shots. I did not get too many action pics because riding one horse and leading another doesn’t leave any free hands for the camera.
When I was 18 I worked at K-Arrow Ranch for the summer. It was a horse camp. I was a decent hand with a horse and a lot of people assumed I knew a BUNCH more than what I did. So, one evening I was told I needed to get seven horses and saddles down to the lake, about three miles away. I saddled up all seven, and having NO idea how to create my string, I tied them head to stirrup. This resulted in them being fanned out to the side because they could not get head to tail. Fortunately, I was riding down a dirt road, so there was room…
These were gentle dude horses, but I didn’t quite get the optimal order of go and I had a balker. Being as I had no break away string, I ended up tearing off a stirrup…
Other than that, it was a beautiful ride, on a warm summer’s night on a ranch in Northern California.
Oh there was this one other part–a rapist has just escaped–really!–from a prison across the lake. But hey I was 18–invincible!
They caught him on the ranch and I saw him in the back seat of the cop car that passed me coming up from the lake!
So, next week, IF I get a blog together before I go, I won’t be able to send out the regular email so you’ll have to go to the web page itself, or subscribe!
Have a nice week!