NEW WORKSHOP SCHEDULED: January 25th, 2020


The cost of the full-day workshop is $200 (with a separate facilities fee payable to Fairhills Farms of $20 for FHF members, $30 for non-members, paid at the event).  


This includes light morning refreshments and beverages throughout the day as well as a selection of box lunches.  There will also be information handouts with a gear list and trail suggestions, and also a workshop souvenir gift. 


Space is limited and available on a first-come basis. The workshop cost is payable in full to reserve your place (refundable in full up to 10 days before the workshop; after 10 days, credit towards a future workshop). The facilities fee is due on the day of the workshop.

Pay in Full ($200)
Jan. 25th, 2020 8:30-5:00
2735 Santa Maria Rd.
Topanga, CA 90290

Wilderness Riding


Join me for a full day workshop designed to give you the information you need to start exploring overnight wilderness riding with your equine partner.  I will be sharing knowledge gained from my own adventures and providing tips and guidance about the unique challenges of riding in the backcountry.  The goal is to help participants build the necessary foundation for their own short or long distance journeys.  Topics will include gear selection for both rider and horse, route planning and navigation, stock containment for overnights, nutrition, safety in the backcountry, and some hands-on demonstrations on how to use equipment.  The workshop is inclusive of those who wish to ride with or without an additional pack horse.

Wilderness Riding Workshop with Gillian Larson

Part I: Information

8:30  Arrival and informal meet-and-greet

               (coffee, tea, juice, pastries, fruit provided)

       --Information packet with gear list/supply list


9-10:00  Introduction: Gillian’s wilderness riding experiences on national scenic trails

        --Pacific Crest Trail (2014 & 2016)

       --Arizona Trail (2017)

       --Colorado Trail (2017)

       --Continental Divide Trail (2018)

10-12:30  How to prepare for a wilderness riding expedition

       --Picking a suitable trail

                 (research, route planning, permits)

       --What to bring

                  --For you (gear selection and suggestions)

                   --For your horse

                 (single riding horse vs. riding + pack animal)

                        --tack, saddles and pads                                                 --saddlebags vs. pack saddle and panniers

                        --first aid, shoes, boots

                        --feed and containers

(15 min. break)

       --Campsite selection

       --Stock containment options

                 (high-line, hobbles, picket, electric fence)

       --Communication and navigation on trail

       --Special considerations

                   --bear country requirements

                   --out-of-state travel

12:30-1:30 Lunch break  

            (lunch and beverages provided)

       --View model campsite


Part II: Demonstration and Practice

1:30-2:30 Packing demonstration

                (equipment adjustment and load distribution)

       --single horse with saddlebags

       --pack horse with pack saddle and panniers

2:30-3:15 Containment demonstration

       --how to highline your horse

       --how to set up electric fence

3:15-4:00 Hands-on practice

 (rotate between highline station and electric fence station)


4:00-5:00 Wrap-up and Q&A

       --Suggested trail list