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HORSE PACKING WITH A PROBLEM HORSE
Years ago I had a mare, Rosie, we packed out 5 elk and 1 moose on her in one year and she never improved. On the last pack trip, loading my wife's moose, she reared up and on the way down hit me in the head with her front hoof. I was fortunate to only have a serious concussion. I was very wobbly, could not talk coherently and needed help getting back to camp.
Fortunately, I had John, a very good friend who is a doctor as a hunting partner. John woke me up every 2 hours the first night of my concussion. If I didn't wake up, John told me he was taking me to the nearest Forest Service location to borrow the rustiest drill he could find and drill holes in my head to relieve pressure on my brain. John stated, we wouldnt have the time to go to a hospital because it was a 3 hour drive to the nearest hospital. I was very fortunate that I did wake up every 2 hours.
Unfortunately, Dr. John no longer hunts with me because he doesn't enjoy hunting the rough Idaho Wilderness anymore. However, he still fly fishes with me at the edge of the Wilderness. I sold Rosie to a friend in1986 with a full explanation of her bad habits. I thought that was good riddance.
If I had my rifle or pistol with me when she reared I would have made Rosie bear bait right there. All my current horses accept blood smells and two of them will even eat grain off a raw bear skin. The other two will eat the grain near the skin.
Horse Packing meat out with a problem horse - Be very careful. If the pack horse is too dangerous - pack the elk out on your back.
If you have a problem pack horse and it does not significantly improve - get rid of it. Some horses can't be trained. Your safety and health is more important than horse packing with a wild horse.
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