Northwest Backcountry Horsemen teach 4-H youth wilderness safety

The Northwest Backcountry Horsemen (BCH) partnered with MSU Flathead County 4-H to create the newest project for its members. Seventeen BCH became leaders and 21 youth enrolled the first year. The goal was to get the youth ready for packing trips into the wilderness. Members were trained how to prepare their horses for trail obstacles, how to tie a mannie, how to balance a load and how to “ponyâ€� a second horse loaded with gear. The six-month project culminated with an overnight pack trip near Lake Kookanusa. All of the members have expressed their commitment to returning to the program and achieving the next level of packing criteria. The BCH is welcoming these youth into their club to help increase their opportunities to volunteer and assist in preserving the national parks. 

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