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California: Track wild mustangs in Sierra's backcountry

California: Track wild mustangs in Sierra's backcountry
A group of horseback riders in Upper Pizona Meadows on the lookout for wild mustangs. (Craig London)
Where would you find wild horses in California's Sierra? UC Davis Extension instructors know exactly where to go -- and will spend four days this summer showing participants how to track and photograph wild mustangs.
The course, open to anyone who wants to enroll, spends four days in the high desert Pizona plain north of Bishop, Calif., where wild bands of horses still roam. It's an opportunity to observe the horses and other wildlife and explore the rugged backcountry.

Riders of all levels may apply, provided they are prepared to ride three to six hours a day. The group will stay in a meadow camp during the night and ride by day.

Guides and instructors are Craig London, a veterinarian who runs pack stations in the southeastern Sierra, and Janet Roser, a UC Davis professor with the Department of Animal Science.

When: The trip is June 7-10.

Price: $900 per person (sign up by enrolling in UC Davis Extension course 134OTH800). It includes use of horse and saddle, campout, meals and instruction. Transportation to and from Bishop is extra.
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