Wounded Warriors


Every year, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra hosts “Operation High Altitude”, a weeklong event to host Wounded Warriors and their families in all sorts of outdoor mountain activities. For several years we provided horse and muleback rides for these combat veterans which gained us the opportunity to see first hand the challenges faced by these men and women who “offered up their full measure” on behalf of all Americans.

To say that this program is inspiring is an understatement. I also know for a fact how an animal, or in our case, an equine can impact a life with positive results. I’ve seen it before, but never quite to the extent, up close & personal, that I did with these events. 

When Warriors with wounds interact with a horse or mule, a bond or deep connection, heals in a way I doubt therapy or medicine ever could. It is unexplainable to those who don’t know it, unmistakable to those who have lived it or to those of us who have lived life with an equine savior. It is nothing short of a privilege to witness.

To those who serve, May God Bless and may you have our eternal thanks and gratitude. 

Have you ever been to Mule Days?


Have you ever been to Mule Days in Bishop, California? If not, it’s a ‘not to miss’ event for all. Not just for mule fans, but also for anyone who enjoys a bit of rural Americana, good clean family fun, and a celebration worthy of one of the most humble and unassuming animals ever created, the Mule! 

Held over the week of Memorial Day weekend, Mule Days is celebrating its 48th year in 2017 and we are as excited as ever. To kick off the countdown, we’re sharing this photo of one of our best lead mules ever, “Babe.” This photo from the 2012 event shows us in “Packers Choice,” an obstacle course set up for strings of 5 mules led by a packer on a saddle horse (or mule!). In this event, Babe was supposed to cross an obstacle set up to look like water. However she was having nothing to do with it, until with a bit of trust in her lead packer, she thought she would take a step on over. The rest of the mule string followed. While a bit of fun was being had, it truly demonstrates the harmony and trust that develops between a packer and a mule, a lead mule and the rest of the string. This is a glimpse of how packers and pack mules transport pack trip guests and their gear into the high country – safely and efficiently. Just a bit of the unseen talents and poetry that go into making a backcountry packing experience.

(For more about Babe, see the May 2012 issue of Western Mule Magazine!)