Wondering if anyone has any experience on training a horse to pack? Tossing around the idea of doing a few day trips locally with Katie to see how she would be in the bush with the possibility of bringing her on an easy hunting trip or two next year. I have the option of getting her into a local power line cut that we commonly hike, gravel about 1-2km of forest to the power line and then an 8km hike up a gravel road to the peak with the option to continue on down the other side for a good 8-12km. We typically just do the 8km up and back down. I also am toying with the option of taking her to our favorite mule deer hunting spot next year in the off season. About 3 hours away, a little valley with tree shelter that we camp in and then easy rolling hills and mountains of crown land where we typically hike and glass for deer. I'd have the option of either bringing a mini friend or a mini donkey friend along for company as I don't want to take her alone. She is hobble trained and ties. Has been on an overnight camping trip before and did wonderfully. Can ride into water without issue. Didn't used to like to stand tied, would just dance, but her summer of working for the trail riding dude string has really helped that, she now knows that when she's tied, it's quiet time. She's got extremely tough sturdy feet barefoot, and shoes well, so I'm not worried about her being sound with a full set on. She's been used as a therapy horse and had introduction to driving training, is used to things flapping at her, being thrown, hanging off of, in an arena. Would need to do more exposure in the bush to see how she'd be. Also need to teach her to highline. I have no packing equipment, so that would need to be purchased, and I can learn to use it and rig from local back country horsemen.There are people who have hosted talks and clinics on such things, that I have sat in on before, so I know I have access to that. I'd like to try and get myself on a pack trip with someone to see how it goes with experienced people, and would also love to try and find someone who might take Katie for a few trips and give her some experience. For a small day or single over night trip in easy terrain, I'm comfortable doing it and working with her myself. But for more true back country terrain and a longer trip, I obviously need more knowledge under my belt and Katie's cinch. She wouldn't be packing a lot of gear. We camp and hunt VERY light. If she DID one day make it to a real hunt trip, the most would be packing out a muley or white tail. But for a local practice day trip and/or single overnighter, it would basically just be saddle bags with tent (lightweight), stove (single burner hiking style stove), and minimal other gear. No more than 30 lbs. And we would walk with her, not ride. So anyone here have any experience or tips?