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Mustangs in the Wild

Mustangs in the Wild
California USA

Ride with us as we track and observe the unbridled and untamed Mustang in its natural habitat: the wilds of California. Stepping back in time, we explore the historic past of the Truman Meadow area of the Inyo National Forest; interestingly, the hills north of Boundary Peak look too barren to support any animal larger than a chipmunk. Yet, as we ride deeper into the high desert along the  border of Nevada, we soon find the cool springs, emerald meadows and the wildest and proudest Mustang herd of North America!

We invite you to spend days with us as we observe and discuss the free roaming herds, the blooming flowers and flora, and other resident wildlife including the mysterious mountain lion, the horses' natural predator. Making camp in the meadows, riders will track the Mustangs through their natural pinyon forest habitat, observe and photograph the herds amidst the brilliant and bountiful wildflower backdrops. Often we are privy to spectacular sunsets over the Sierra and White Mountains we relax and wait as the camp cook prepares a delicious back country dinner each night over an open fire. Each evening after mealtime, discussions will be led by our experienced guides and often guest speakers as well, focusing on the horses' history, social behaviors and uncertain future.

 This is a great little getaway trip if you yearn to experience cowboy life out on the range and learn about the majestic animals that have long represented freedom, capturing hearts and intriguing riders since childhood.  

The focus is primarily the Mustangs: The ride is very slow paced due to the nature required to observe the animals. This makes it also suitable for riders of all levels to join.


Camping Ride with vehicle support
Camping Ride with pack horses

Meeting: Bishop
Airport: Mammoth Lakes or Reno
Transfer: Bishop
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 24 riders

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    Mustangs in the Wild
    Tour Code: RTCA01-P2
    4 days / 3 nights ~$650.00
    Dates : May to June

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Tack: Western
    Horses: Quarterhorse mix
    Pace: 4-7 hours - at a walk
    Airport: Mammoth Lakes or Reno
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