Trail Riding Western Montana (Falcon Guide)

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Climb into the saddle and join a rich Montana tradition of horses, riders, and packers. Richer, though, than this heritage is the land from which it springs. From the back of a horse, you can glimpse country in Glacier National Park, in major national forest lands, and in wilderness areas of western Montana few people ever see. Ride along the Rocky Mountain Front where the prairie meets rocky escarpments and explore other great Montana mountain ranges-Swans, Bitterroots, Gallatins, and beyond. From horseback you will enjoy the same vantage point held by nomadic tribes, early explorers, and hard-working cowhands and wranglers. Trail Riding Western Montana is the only trial guide written specifically for the Big Sky State's horseback riders and is chock-full of tips on the best trails for horses, equine first aid, and preparing yourself and your horse for the rigors of backcountry riding. Trail descriptions, maps, and photos provide first-hand information for short day rides and extended pack trips. Also included are packstock regulations. Don't forget to pack Trail Riding Western Montana in your saddlebags before you head out on your next backcountry riding adventure.

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After moving to Montana in 1986 and trying to find out what trailheads and trail conditions were around the Flathead Valley and in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.  I went to every Forest Service station I could and asked for information.   Very few of the 'rangers' could tell me what I needed to know.  Could I turn around a 6 horse trailer at a specific trailhead?  Was there a hitchrack?  What about parking and leaving my rig for days at a time?  Was there water or grass available?  Was the trailhead marked?  Was there a stock limit on the trail?  How far did I need to ride before finding a suitable camp?  What was the trail itself like?  Was it cleared of deadfall and winter debris? 
I wrote this book after spending 10 summers riding and packing in the wilderness and forests of Western Montana.  I took notes, kept a journal and took pictures.   I have been a member of the Back Country Horsemen of Montana for over 30 years.  I became a horseback riding instructor and was partner in Outfitters Supply, a horse gear retail outlet in Columbia Falls, Montana.

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Climb into the saddle and join a rich Montana tradition of horses, riders, and packers. Written specifically for the Big Sky State's horseback riders, this trail guide is chock-full of tips on the best trails for horses, equine first aid, and preparing yourself and your horse for the rigors of backcountry riding. Forty-nine trail descriptions include maps and photos and provide information for a short day rides and extended pack trips.

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