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Week 7: The Time Is Now

A little under two weeks to go until spring is officially here...and, yep it’s snowing again…That’s the common topic around the Trailhead Supply coffee pot. Snow… Will it ever stop? When is it going to melt? I’m sick of winter!!! We all know the answer, yes it will and it won’t be long. But are you ready? I can’t begin to tell you how many people have come into the store and said I need a new pack saddle, I’m packing more this year than I ever have. This is the year!!! I’m covering more miles on that old horse than I ever have before. They finish their cup of coffee, turn for the door and in parting say “I’ll be back as soon as the snow melts.” Then we have the folks calling in on the phone asking for routes around the Bob Marshall as they begin planning their bucket list trip, asking the same questions… We love to help plan your trip, by the way!!!

So, this week’s prep for spring discussion is “the time is now”. Spring will be here soon enough, followed by summer, which is chased hard by hunting season. Buy the mule, order the saddle, and start the planning. No matter what the weather is doing, everyone will still be going to the sale barn, buying horses and mules, don’t hold off on the tack until the snow melts. All of us at Trailhead Supply along with all the other pack saddle and tack builders don’t want to be the bad guys when we can’t deliver your orders on time because you drug your feet making that order because you were depressed about all the snow, rain and mud (depending on where you live) It is just not all about tack…as you begin planning will you need certified feed? Bear resistant food storage? Are you camping with the stock? Highline or electric fence? What kind of paperwork do you need to haul your stock to another state or even another county in your home state? Have you got a trainer lined up yet for that new mule you plan on buying?  Have you booked that farrier appointment yet? Spring is coming quick, are you ready?

I’m right there with you! I spent Sunday shoveling gates open so I can feed round bales while I’m gone this weekend, which I had to go buy. Where am I going? Back Country Horsemen of Washington’s Rendezvous. I’ll be there teaching pack clinics and showing off our decker pack saddles…

See you on the trail, or better yet, stop by and get your gear on order before your trip! We want to help you make the most of it.

Andy

PS- If you aren't sure where to start check out our Resources Page on our website. We have a gear checklist and links to some of the best websites for trail conditions to get you started.

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Sandwich Board Sign

As many of you know, Trailhead Supply has recently moved our store location. Our new store front sits straight across the street for a large plant nursery. Each morning as I’m brewing a big pot of Trailhead Supply’s world-famous coffee, I watch out the large front windows of our store to see this gal trudging through the snow to a sandwich style reader board in the nursery’s parking lot. She flips the numbers showing how many days till spring….I laugh to myself. Then I started thinking about her signage, you can look at this two ways…1st that is the truest example of most packers and trail riders. We have 60 some odd days till we have to get ready!!! Most of our repair work happens as we are loading up to leave, really more like throwing tack in the trailer or bed of the truck, while complaining that stuff is still broke from last season, along with practicing our adult adjectives. Then, later on while you are sitting in the dark by the fire at some trail head, with a flash light hanging out of the corner of your mouth, punching holes in some new piece of leather that wasn’t really what you wanted but it’s all some random box type feed store had as you pulled out of town. Sunrise finds you still trying to adjust and fit saddles while your party is ready to roll out…We all know that hurrying and poor fitting tack only leads to good times a little further down the trail….Remember this is supposed to be fun!!!

Or!!! We can look at that reader board as you have 8 weeks to get ready. So, you can make the most out of spring and summer riding, making good memories covering some amazing miles of new trails with friends and family. With this thought process in mind, I’m trying the get prepared in advance this season…It will be a first for me in a long, long time and I’m sure I’m with a lot of you.  

   So, for the next 7 weeks we will take on a topic to help you game plan a successful summer with loads of adventures…I’ll see you every Wednesday morning at 6am Mountain time to get ready to hit the trail….If you have a question or topic that you would like to see covered let us know and we will try to work it in during our discussion. It’s better to plan with a friend or you’ll be ready and now waiting on your riding buddy. Remember you can sign up so you’ll never miss a Coffee with Andy…. -Sign up here if you don't already receive our blog by email.

See you on the trail. 

Andy

PS- For those of you that live in areas that you get to ride YEAR ROUND, comment with your best tips as to how you keep up on your gear maintenance without having down time.

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