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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD Wedneiday, Sopltmber I, 1971 He worries about horses By fiLKNMS ZIJ01 BANFF, Mill. (CP) Out- IillCT Ron Warner spends liis summers w o r i- y i n g about what people mighl do lo his horses on Hie Rocky Mountain mills. He worries a iillle aboul (he people, loo, although he can't recall any serious accidents (o a rider in his years as trail lioss Tor llic Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies. Any- viiiy, a dodor gees along on tl-e ride IP look after the poo- pic. ''But ue sure gel some chuckles out of what people Ihink they can do tni he said. ''Like one w o in a n who signed up for a six-day trail ride into the Pipestonc Valley and under the heading for rid- ing experience on the outfit- ter's form wrote that she'd had a fair bit, she'd been rid- ing Ihree limes before Warner, a partner in the Brewster Mountain Pack Trains in Banff, oiiifits the ri- ders for the Trail Riders each summer He supplies horses, staff, food and equipment for the base camp, which this summer was set up in the Pipestone River Valley, ac- cessible only by trail about 25 miles northeast of Lake Louise. GIVEN MOVIE HOLK A'ow age 30. he began in the business about 10 years ago. working at that lime as a cowboy for the Brewster out- fit. Then he began to build up his own string of riding and pack horses and came in as a partner eighl years ago. He now owns about GO horses, which he winters on his ranch near Coehrane, 25 miles west of Calgary. He also breeds and sells horses and last winter rented out most of his string to a Holly- wood movie company for the filming of Little Big Man. About 11 staff are needed lo look after the 35 "eludes" who go on each of the Trail Rider rides, hr said. These include five cowboys who accompany the riders. Most of (lie cowboys are qualified national parks guides as well as being crack riders. "Most are professional COTT- boys. working for me in Uie summer and going soulh in the he said. The Iwo senior cowboys Ihis Mike Crawley and Dan Heather, have been with Warner several summers. They go lo Texas or Califor- nia lo work on ranches jn the winter. Last winter, however, they stayed in Calgary lo work for Ihe movie company, acting as cavalrymen in Ihe j big fight scenes. I Del Brassard, another of the cowboys, is himself a rancher from the Coehrane area who Ukcs his summer holiday to work on the rides because he likes the life. Sludeats who were raised on ranches and who are thor- ougljy at home in the saddle roujjd out Ihe coirboy slaff. "Il's much harder to get good Warner said. "It lakes a while for a cowboy to become a good packer." The packers, two of whom are reeded, look after the string of pack horses that carry the equipment, food and luggage into the biae camp. They make two or three two-day round trips from the camp lo Lake Lou- ise each week. "Bui good cooks are the hardest of all slaff to Warner said "You almost have to marry them if you want them available year afler year." Three cooks are needed aad they have, tradJlionally on Ihese rides, been women. "And then there's IK adds. He fills in iri any guide, cowboy, packer, cook and when necessary horse doctor. There is a veteri- narian he can get up from Banff, but he docs most of the work on the trail. He even dees his own horseshoeing. The rides each last six days. USE HORSE SENSE Warner has made some changes in the way the rides are run. "We used to graze the horses in the alpine meadow's. This worked out fine because we don't go back to any one area for at least seven years and there was no danger of overgrazing." But now, because of the in- creased number of rides, he has arranged to pack in the feed and corral the horses. Warner thinks his hosres make up in horse sense for what the inexperienced rider ma lack. "Dvde horses are pretty knowledgeable and Uicy get to know just how good a rider is. Basically, Ihey are lazy and will only do wrhat a rider is capable of making them do." The slaff match up the ri- ders and horses carefully, ini- tially based on the experience as the rider lists it on the out- fillers' form. He prides himself on his horses, which are well-broken and extremely gentle around people. Host of them aren't even kickers. "But they have to be good around he said. "I can usually figure out what a horse might do, but a lot of the dudes have me stumped." Dogs trained to sniff gold VANCOUVER WES Dr. Harry War- "Thar's gold in Ihcm idea to start said hills" doesn't translate Jennifer, an ecolo- well into dog, but Rick who finds her involve- .1 e n n i f e r Maynard in mineral exploration l Ihey've found a ironic. "He'd been sit- If their experiment at on it for a couple of eral exploration with shepherds works out, W a r r e n, a Rhodes young Vancouver couple and 32-year member have a team of the University of British prospectors looking for geology depart- lucky strike. And barks decided the idea was sceptical laughter may enough to put into prac- pear from a He had a talk wilh Jenni- father, Dr. H. H. Wright, S y n d i c a I e K-9 specialist on the sense of around Buddy and Jai. working at B.C. Re- shepherds that the Maynards i search on the UBC have trained lo sniff out sul- j He in turn brought in phide-hearing rocks Sgt. Paul Campbell, who says "has developed the The syndicate involves police dog squad on the cnlists, four mining nies, a city police dog was interested because I expert and (he Maynards, a prospector myself be- aiming lo locate silver, I was a policeman and I per. molylKlcnum and do some Similnr programs sergeant said. It was he dogs hnvc been advised Ine Maynards to wilh varying by with German shepherds. Finns, :jnd CAME FORTH "We picked backing of about raiis? Ihry m mnrr each came from Dy- and tlipy wrll Explorations, Ihnir master." said Rick. Mines, Bethlehem Cop- ulio i.s finishing up his and Kcnnco of Kennecoll tor's degree program in life range management was a year old we've had some we gol said Jenni- working "and Jai was about a "They've got 2ii and a half.'1 expressions that Ilirir McDougall of Falcon- ran see and understand, Mines, who saw the communicate with Ihcm. in (be field, says: thr-y (lon'l grl dislracted interesting to watch game. like, hunting dogs dig lhe rocks up. Dogs I'Mcnn been doing this kind of The couple located the in Europe for through newspaper years. menls, w i t h n u 1. certain specialized what Ihcy wanlcd Ihcm dogs can smell 100 They Ihcn slarlrd iliem on heller than we can. rigorous training p r n g r a think it's sulphur diox- l-'sl yr.ir Tntyrp cvaiivc ide they smell in the aliout I'neir mrlhnii.--, the pulp mills will foul may Jn-ronio (lie ICIM-.- for whole experiment up with doctoral Ihesis. Ihe smells they give PRICE SHOWDOWN SOLE Our Own Exclusive Brand! grime fighting champions... 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