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coulee kid

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« on: July 26, 2017, 01:44:22 PM »
I am planning on a 5 day trip in Spotted Bear to the Trilobite Lakes in October. (bob marshall)  I have never been here but I called the Forest Service and they said feed will probably be sparse for horses. It is about 23 miles in (I am going to ride in and out and hike the rest of the time) I am only going to have 2 horses and I was wondering how much feed you would take. I have a light camp that I stay in and was hoping to fit everything on one horse. I bought some packer cubes at north 40 and I was planning on feeding my horses a couple weeks before I leave.  I have read in previous post that you soak them with water first before you feed but I have no experience with them.  Any input would be greatly appreciated.



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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2017, 08:05:54 PM »
You are going to be hard pressed to pack everything on one horse for 5 days for you and the horses. The packer cubes are safer to feed than alfalfa cubes which must be soaked. Just make sure the horses have access to enough water and as you say,start  the horses on them several days before you leave.Sometimes there is a problem with a horse choking if they are a fast eater. If you are scrimping on food,this even makes it more likely,but most horses are Ok.

For a 1000-1200 # horse, I'd say you need at least 15 pounds a day,divided into two feedings .5 days, 30 pounds a day for two horses and you are looking at 150 pounds min. I'd prefer 200 pounds plus some grain. That alone takes up one horse. If the pack horse is big and stout, you could get away with 250 pounds,but that is a load for a 23 mile trip.  To me,it looks like you need two pack horses unless you can put most of your personal stuff in your saddle bags and a back pack

We use to take 600 pounds for four mules for a 9 day hunt and supplement with a little grass when we could during the middle of the day, and mules eat less than a horse.

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2017, 07:18:02 AM »
Yeah you are right. I will probably have to cut my trip a little short.  With any luck there will be some feed in this area so I can stay a little longer.  I have a mountain goat permit in this area so I am trying to figure anything out that I can.  I am not the most experienced packer because whenever I ride it is usually just day trips.  Thank you for your input.

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