Halter all animals under the bridle. 7.
Use cotton rope at least 1/2-inch (12-3/4 mm) diameter for picketing. 8.
Unless picketing or hobbling livestock, do not tie stock to movable objects. 9.
When near the rear of livestock, stay close, maintain contact, and talk to the animal. 16.43 – Packing Livestock.
Only persons competent in packing and unpacking livestock shall be allowed to perform these tasks. 1.
Keep the animal’s back clean, saddle pad straight, saddle blanket smooth, saddle properly fitted and tight, and side packs as equal in weight as possible. 2.
Use breakaways to tie pack string together. 3.
As a courtesy, generally yield to uphill pack strings in the morning; yield to downhill pack strings in the evening.
There are exceptions where it may be safer to yield to larger or less experienced pack strings. 4.
Hikers should yield to stock traffic.
When encountering hikers who are unfamiliar with stock, ask them to stand on the downhill side of the trail and wait quietly for the stock to pass.
If the stock spooks, having the hikers standing downhill will encourage the stock to go uphill and lessen the chance of an accident. 16.44 – Leading Livestock.
Use lead rope approximately 10 feet (3 m) in length, with smooth braid at the free end and no knots or loops. 1.
Avoid excess rope that may become entangled. 2.
Do not wrap coils around your hand or the saddle horn. 16.45 – Feeding Livestock.
Take these precautions:
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