Horse with saddlebags and coolers for a day of trail riding.

Western Department Hosts a Horse Packing Clinic

- posted by Rose Marion

Today we had a great in-store demonstration in our Western Department at Smith & Edwards. Duane LeRoy and his son Scott LeRoy came to give us a Pack Clinic. Duane and Leroy know all about packing horses and trail riding because they love trail riding - and they're members of the Back Country Horsemen of Utah. (Check their group out on Facebook)

Duane and Scott shared their knowledge and expertise about packing horses for trail riding, and demonstrated some of the great systems you can use to pack food, water, and supplies while you’re out riding on a trail.

Several people were here to get knowledge out of the hour-long horse packing demonstration, and there was time to ask questions and trade stories after the demonstration.

Packing with Horses for Trail Riding

Duane and Scott had been up at Ben Lomond just yesterday to support folks on the trail. Then this morning, there was the Skyline Mountain Marathon! Up in the pines, it’s much cooler than down here, but it still got hot. They were able to pack in 20 gallons of water, with dry ice to keep it cool, on each horse using this system!

Adding a bag to our packhorse at Smith & Edwards

Scott adds a bag to our packhorse.

Scott LeRoy telling us about the rope, bags, and coolers you can use for horse packing and trail riding here at Smith and Edwards

Scott LeRoy telling us about the rope, bags, and coolers you can use for trail riding.

You can hold one 10-gallon cooler on each side of this canvas sling pack. Scott and LeRoy loaded theirs full of water bottles, but you can keep your favorite drinks and cold food in these coolers. Then make sure they stay cool by packing the coolers with ice or dry ice, depending on your level of adventure! Load up your top packs with food, supplies, and Easy Boots just in case. We've got all this gear in-store for your next adventure... waterbottles too!

Horse with saddlebags and coolers for a day of trail riding.

All packed and ready to go!

We carry all the equipment to load your horse and have a nice day of trail riding. Marty and the folks in our Western Department in the northeast corner of Smith and Edwards will be happy to help you get all the gear you need - as well as tack and supplies. We know Western Tack because we use our gear ourselves! All our folks in our Western Department know and love horses, from trail riding to work to rodeo.

Did you know we make a lot of our Western Tack right here in the store? And if there's a real special saddle or set of spurs you've got your eye on, we offer Layaway, too.

We’d love to have the Back Country Horsemen back here next year to demonstrate packing techniques again! Will we see you here? What do you like to use when you're trail riding with your horse?