Horses, Hitches, and Rocky Trails

A Little Western Library book

by Joe Back


SKU: 978-1-55566-477-0
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Written in the language of the West, this is a complete and often humorous presentation of packing horses into the wilderness. Amplified by the beautiful, often witty drawings, Back includes step-by-step instructions on preparing for wilderness trips and also how to cope with the elements. Learn from and enjoy some tried and true Old West tips:

  • What makes a camp good?
  • Packing saddles, rope tying, and repairs
  • Equipment and making camp
  • Getting along in the wilderness

Horses, Hitches, and Rocky Trails is for both the amateur preparing for the wilderness for the first time and the professional packer looking for some new tips.


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Additional information


Johnson Books







5.5 x 8.5



Publication Date

October 2018

The Author

Joe Back

Joe Back

Joe Back was born in Ohio in 1899 and moved to Wyoming when he was thirteen. He served as machine gun instructor during World War I, then took up trade as a cowboy, guide, and packer. Later he spent four years at the Art Institute of Chicago where, to use Joe's words, he "damn near starved to death." Art education changed his life, however, and although he went back to packing and guiding, he also became nationally known as a sculptor. Joe Back died September 7, 1986, at the age of 87. Joe and his wife Mary were inducted into the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2013.

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