THE PACKER'S FIELD MANUAL - FEATURING THE DECKER PACK SADDLE - With photographic illustrations by Roger Inghram. The Packer's Field Manual is in a big format for ease in taking it into the field. Written by the recognized "top expert" in the country on packing on mules or horses with a Decker Pack Saddle, this book is intended to provide "state of the art" basic instruction on the subject. From the selection of pack stock on to the basics of Decker saddles, pads and tack, author Bob Hoverson takes you through the entire packing process step-by-step - using text and photographs to show the process. He also covers, chapter-by-chapter, the various hitches used in Decker packing, ropes, knots and splicing, caring for your tack, and other useful information on such subjects as feeding, shoeing, vaccinations and worming, dental care, stock first aid, and dealing with brand and health inspections. Hoverson also covers in detail one of his favorite subjects - the use of equipment and techniques so the wilderness horse traveler will leave only tracks and make low impact on the land. 186 black & white photographs, numerous illustrations.