Horse and mule packing class

How many times have you wanted to ride into the backcountry for several days to hunt or simply enjoy mother nature, but didn't know how to undertake this "monumental" task? This short class will give you the skills to do just that. This class is for beginner to intermediate packers. The class will include lots of hands on packing with gentle mules and lecture type sessions in our classroom. Classes are small so lots of personal time with instructors. Special requests and questions are welcome. Whether you have packed a lot and just looking to improve or whether you have never packed at all, this class would be beneficial to anyone looking to learn or improve their skills.

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  • horse and mule adventure class
  • horse and mule adventure class
  • horse and mule adventure class
  • horse and mule adventure class
  • horse and mule adventure class
  • horse and mule adventure class
  • horse and mule adventure class
  • horse and mule adventure class


  • Saddling and parts I.D.
  • Fitting the packsaddle
  • Mantying loads for the Decker
  • Loading and balancing the pack saddle
  • Basket hitch
  • Barrel hitch
  • Loading panniers
  • Diamond hitch
  • Packing meat and antlers
  • Packing the riding saddle
  • Pig tailing and tail ties
  • Oiling, care, and putting up a pack saddle
  • Advantages of the mule
  • Keeping stock in the backcountry
  • Sawbucks vs Deckers
  • Buying horses and mules
  • Planning a backcountry trip

Classes are held outside of Philipsburg, MT in the foothills of the Anaconda Pintlar Wilderness. Lodging and meals are included. Students stay in wall tents with a wood stove and comfy cots and foam mattresses. All meals are hearty homestyle, just like in the backcountry.

This packing class will be a skills only class. We will not be doing any riding.

2018 Dates

July 13—15
July 20—22
July 27—29

Tuition is $500 with $250 nonrefundable deposit.
Return class application and deposit to reserve a spot.
Cost of class includes room, board, equipment and expertise for class instruction.

We accept credit cards for deposits thru Paypal; a 3% user fee will apply when using a credit card.

We also accept checks; make and send to:

Royal Tine
PO Box 809
Philipsburg, MT 59858

Any questions, contact:
Cody Hensen -

Gear List
Sleeping bag w/pillow
Alarm clock
Personal Toiletries
Water bottle
"to go" type travel mug for coffee
Towel & face cloth
Leather boots for working around stock
Leather gloves
Rain gear
Camp shoes
Warm jacket
Notebook and pen

Note: you will be camping for 3 days, so bring items that will make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

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Learn to be a camp cook and get a job with an outfitter, or take the course for fun! Visit our Camp Cook School to check it out!
Learn new skills and have a blast in our 3 Day Packing Class!
May 8 - June 2: 
  4 Week Guide and Packer School
June 12 - July 7: 
  4 Week Guide and Packer School
July 13 - July 15: 
  3 Day Packing Class
July 20 - July 22: 
  3 Day Packing Class
July 27 - July 29: 
  3 Day Packing Class
August 7 - Sept 1: 
  4 Week Guide and Packer School

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Royal Tine Guide & Packer School  -  PO Box 809 Philipsburg, MT 59858  -  (406) 859-5138  -