FWP offers “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” class for horse packing

Enterprise Staff

Wanted: Women interested in learning how to pack a horse. 

The popular Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks program, “Becoming an Outdoors Woman,” will sponsor a horse packing workshop May 6 near Whitefish. 

Packing into the backcountry by horse can be fun and rewarding, an FWP news release states. Participants will learn about the variety of packing equipment available, defensive horse handling, how to pack a decker, sawbuck and riding saddles, and leave-no-trace camping.

This class is for beginners who want to learn the basic skills needed to pack with their own stock. The workshop will be held at an indoor arena and lunch will be provided. The $35 fee includes lunch and the use of all equipment and packing stock. Participants do not need to bring their horse or mule, the release said. 

The workshop is co-hosted by the Backcountry Horsemen of Northwest Montana and Trailhead Supply. 

To register or for more information contact FWP’s BOW coordinator at: FWP-BOW, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT, 59620, call (406) 444-9940; or email Liz Lodman at llodman@mt.gov or call instructor Andy Breland at (406) 752-4437. Registration forms are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov ; click “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” under the “Education” tab.