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Bob Winkler & Angel Wings

Louree Carter, Sharon Guzman, Bob Winkler & Mike Jenkins (Elaine Littlefield is not shown)

Louree Carter, Sharon Guzman, Bob Winkler & Mike Jenkins, and Elaine Littlefield (not shown)


Superstition Mountains
Trail Ride

Peralta Trailhead to Coffee Flats Trail


Superstition Mountains, Garden Valley Loop


Bluff Springs Loop Hike


Day Trip to Algodones Mexico



Moral Horse Guardianship

You don't need to be around horses all your life or even for a long time to appreciate the basics of guardianship for an animal. This is not rocket science as some old timer's would have you believe. There are many that just stick a horse in a stall or pasture, throw it a flake of hay or two and leave it at that.

When we humans remove horses from their natural environment, from the wild herds where they roamed free and are not confined to the small pastures and stalls where we place them, we take on a great responsibility as their guardians.

  •  In the wild, horses roam to find feed; as their guardians we provide their feed.

  • In the wild, the herd seeks higher ground in storms so as not to stand in muck; as guardians we must provide that “higher ground” in the form of shelter from wind and rain or snow as we’ve removed our horse’s freedom to move.

  • In the wild, horses don't live in close proximity to their own manure and therefore subject themselves to various debilitating worms and bots; so we as their guardians must de-worm our horses.

  • In the wild horses are not subject to the diseases humans have brought to them such as tetanus and West Nile Virus; therefore we must guard them against these diseases through modern veterinary care and inoculation.

  • In the wild horses don’t have barbed wire fences and other human contraptions to get hurt on.  To be sure we have done our best as our horse’s guardians requires the that the horses in our care be inspected by us as often as possible and daily is best.

They didn’t ask to be removed from the wild, we are their guardians.

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Pat Burr, Kate Sullivan, Nancy (Pat’s sister), and Bob Winkler

by Robert Winkler

Saturday, September 14, 1996

Although dead tired from all the time in transit from home to the Grand Canyon we arrive at the El Tovar for our pre-backpack dinner at 9:00 p.m. By the time we finish we are almost asleep in our chairs and therefor skip desert and head back to the hotel.

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70 Miles Total

Pat Burr, Nancy Bradford, Katherine Marotta & Bob Winkler

by Robert Winkler & Pat Burr in Italic

Prolog

It seems the monsoon season has been extended due to the presence of the El Niño effect in the southern Pacific ocean. We will endure rain on our first day and increased levels of humidity in the days to come. At least everything is a lot greener.

Monday, September 15, 1997

At 7:30 am we catch the Lodge shuttle for the 1.5 mile drive to the North Kiabob trailhead. We exit the van into the pouring rain. After a short picture taking session we start down the trail into Roaring Springs Canyon carrying our 40 to 50 pound packs. In a short distance we encounter two mule trains loaded with tourists heading down a few miles and then back out. After 45 minutes or so the rain starts to taper a bit so it’s off with the ponchos and rain coats. MORE


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