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  • Have Saddle, Will Travel: Low-Impact Trail Riding and Horse Camping

  Armchair horseback riders can hit the trail with Don West’s Have Saddle, Will Travel: Low-Impact Trail Riding and Horse Camping. The book features West’s personal stories, poems and “Don’s Daily Dozen,” 13 of the author’s favorite exercises to keep riders in top form. As readers relive West’s wilderness adventures — which include chasing down frightened horses, dodging hunters’ bullets and braving high mountain snowstorms — they can also glean tips on how to pack light and picket a horse at night.

But Have Saddle, Will Travel is not a how-to book for beginners. This is a rambling meander through mountains, mesas and countless cups of coffee. Although his book will probably make its way to more kitchen tables than saddlebags, Don West brings us the authentic voice of an accomplished, ardent horseman.

Have Saddle, Will Travel: Low-Impact Trail Riding and Horse Camping, Don West. Storey Books, North Adams, Massachesetts, 2001.132 Pages. Illustrated with color photographs and maps. Softcover: $19.95.
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