– Use proper lifting techniques – Before loading packs stretch and loosen muscles to reduce the chance of muscle strains or other injuries – Ask for help when lifting heavy packs, lift with your legs and knees, not your back, keep body straight and do not twist while lifting – Have rope and pack ready prior to attempt – Stay calm and reassuring with stock – Keep sharp edges covered – Make sure saddles and packs are secure – Keep the animal’s back clean – Use breakaways to tie the pack string togeather/ have extras – Use lead rope approximately 10 feet in length – Keep saddle pad straight, saddle blanket smooth, saddle properly fitted and tight, and side packs as equal in weight as possible – 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 to wait for the stock to pass completley past them before they return onto the trail.
If stock spooks, standing downhill will encourage them to go uphill and lessen the chance of an accident.
Stock users will be prepared to either move aside safely or turn around, if required, to find a safe passing zone. Stock Hauling/ Loading (16.11a) (16.2) (16.11c) (16.12a) Injury to Person/Stock -Make sure there are no unsafe gaps between bumper and loading ramp – Be alert when loading – Do not wrap the lead rope around your hand or any part of your body, tie short and not too high – Do not allow animal to pin you within trailer when loading stock – Safe driving practices – Conduct a pre-trip safety inspection of trailer/truck – Make sure the stock truck brakes are working properly, test the brakes prior to approaching the loading ramps at Spotted Bear Ranger Station, the fuel tanks at Spotted Bear Ranger Station are in a hazardous location in front of the loading ramps, make sure your brakes are working, so you do not run into the fuel tanks – Avoid quick starts and stops when driving – Avoid excessive speeds on curves and turns, shift down, less braking. – Unload livestock before jacking up a vehicle to change a tire, if possible – Alternate the facing of each animal when hauling more than three animals
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