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Here are a couple of links to videos about how to set up a high line, there are several videos on youtube available.

BELOW:  Cheryl Mccelvey posted this on Facebook and I thought it needed to be shared here too!!





From: "Ellis, Fred -FS"
Date: July 23, 2015 at 8:26:38 AM MDT
Subject: Brockover Mesa Fuels Reduction Project

Hi Tara, 
It was nice to meet you. Thanks for your offer to get this information on the San Juan Backcountry Horsemen’s website.

The Pagosa Ranger District will be conducting a hazardous fuels reduction project in the Turkey Springs/Brockover Mesa area. The project involves the mowing of shrubs and small diameter trees on approximately 900 acres of Forest Service land. The purpose of this project is to reduce ladder fuels that can contribute to a fire moving from the forest floor to the crowns of the trees. The work may begin as early as late summer 2015 and may continue into 2016, depending on weather and ground conditions. The unit boundaries are flagged in orange and blue flagging. If anyone has any questions about the project, they can call Fred Ellis at 970 264-1541.

Thanks again,

Fred Ellis 
Assistant Fire Management Officer (Fuels)
Forest Service
San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District
p: 970-264-1541
180 Pagosa Street 
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 
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 From the Back Country Horsemen of America Organizational Handbook 2006

 GOOD BACK COUNTRY MANNERS AND PRACTICES:  (This section will be expanded to include safe practices while riding with a group on the trails)

Back The Back Country Horsemen of America: advocates and supports the following good manners and practices when traveling through and camping in the back country.

 PRACTICE MINIMUM IMPACT CAMPING.  Help maintain our image as responsible back country users.  A good back country horsemen is a gentle user.

OFFER ASSISTANCE  to back country travelers when a need is encountered.  Practice  good mountain manners and good back country etiquette.

PACK OUT  YOUR TRASH.  Burn as much as possible, pack out the rest.  Plastic items do not burn well and it is best to pack them out.  If you come upon a dirty camp, clean it up and pack out what you can.

DO NOT TIE TO TREES except while packing or unpacking.  Use a picket line placed between two or more trees and over  bare mineral soil.  If the stock disturbs the top soil, fill in the holes to the original grade.

TIE HORSES AWAY FROM CAMPS, TRAILS, AND WATER.  Always place picket lines 200 feet from the camp site and trail if at all possible.  Scatter or bury all manure that  accumulates in the area.

 DO NOT BATHE IN LAKES OR STREAMS.  Do not allow soap to get in the water.  Even biodegradable cleaners leave residues that pollute.

 DO NOT CUT SWITCHBACKS.  It is forbidden by regulation and could destroy the trail bed due to increased erosion.

CONSERVE FIRE WOOD.  Keep your fire rings small and do not waste wood by building large fires.  At higher elevations plan on using propane or gasoline stoves. 

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Make sure the person behind you is keeping up and don't follow too close.
Wait for the group at watering holes and stream crossings. 
Don't ride off ahead of the group when starting a ride

It is requested that horses who tend to kick other horses have a red ribbon tied to their tails. 

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