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Mule Packing Clinic

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Hello Trail Rider,
Getting riders up to speed on handling horses and mules in backcountry is one of my greatest joys. You'll get to know time tested techniques to mountain ride, pack mules, lead a pack string, camp, along with problem solving training. Plus equine first aid, shoeing, and many safety principals. Stay at our ranch, we start up the moment you arrive, and after clinic advice included.
  — Jim Mater

Three-day course features one day of technical training, and two days of in-field training. Includes lodging and meals.
  • Learn the art of mountain horsemanship and mule packing.Muleclinic2_2012
  • Gain confidence, experience and safety.
  • Get to know all the techniques for safe and knowledgeable handling of mules and guiding a string through back county.
Clinic outline . . .
  • Mountain horseback, leading a pack string over difficult terrain.
  • Pack the mule, apply five hitches -- box hitch, diamond, barrel, basket and blind George.
  • Camping with horses and mules, high lining, leave-no-trace.
  • Problems that happen on the trail and how to solve them.
  • Equine first aid, shoeing.

Clinic Price

 $219.00 Per Day, Per Student. Plus 8.69% tax
 (Please call or email for clinic schedule)
THREE-DAY CLINIC, one day ground work, two days on the trail.
FIVE-DAY CLINIC, one day ground work, four days on the trail.
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James Mater's Credentials

  • Owner and operator of U-Trail
  • Conducts commercial pack trips & guided hunting trips in the Gila Wilderness for over 25 years
  • Completed U.S. Forest Service Outfitting/Guide School
  • Trainer of U.S. Army Special Forces
  • Boy Scouts of America, eagle scout and scoutmaster
  • National Geographic guide


I came to Jim Mater's packing clinic with several seasons of horse packing on sawbucks through the Colorado Rockies under my belt. However, I wanted to learn more about different styles of packing and working with mules off Decker Pack Saddles. I was not disappointed. Jim and his crew really know their stuff. They treated me like royalty and still packed more knowledge into 3 days than anyone could learn over years of doing it on their own. The crew at U-Trail have my respect and admiration for a job well done. I hope to return and ride with them again one day. Thanks again Jim and Happy Trails. 
— Bob Belknap, Winchester, Wi.


Contact U-Trail

Wild Horse Road
PO Box 66,
Glenwood, NM 88039
Email: utrail@gilanet.com
cell: 575-519-8569
Skype: Jim Mater

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