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Tying Your Horse to a Tree. In 1985, my friend Ed tied Rosie to an alder sapling while he was preparing to load elk quarters on Rosie. Rosie reared up and off went Rosie with the sapling. I was told of Ed's problem at the trail head and I went back in to help him.

Rosie was gone all day and returned to camp about 10pm. Naturally, she couldn’t be caught. The next day the chase was on. Six of us had her cornered up against what was almost a vertical canyon. Rosie turned into a mountain goat as we watched her escape up the mountain side. She was finally caught on her way to the trail head when an outfitter met her on the trail. The outfitter saved me from a 12 mile round trip.

Lesson learned is to tie a wild pack horse to big, big trees.

Packing Out Elk While on Foot If you and a friend are leading your pack horses don’t let the trail horse get too close to the lead horse. Some trail horses like to be so close they almost have their nose on the rump of the lead horse. Some trial horses will warn the trail horse with a half kick if it gets too close. One time, packing out elk with Ed, Diamond was too close and the lead horse I was leading kicked Diamond so hard in the head that her eyes rolled up in her head and almost went down. You guessed it – Rosie strikes again.

Horses like Rosie are very dangerous to people and horses and should not be used in packing. I thought I was getting rid of Rosie when I sold her to Ed. For some reason Ed always had me handle Rosie when we were packing out together. After many years Ed sold Rosie. She was 30 years old – and she was still as cantankerous at 30 as when I bought her when she was supposedly a tame 15-year-old pack horse from the old horse trader.

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