60th Annual Horse & Mule Packing Class

Dates to be announced

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of packing all of your gear onto your horses and hitting the trail for parts unknown?  You will learn everything you need to know to safely pack up and head to the back country with your horses or mules.

All stock and equipment is provided.

There are no age or gender restrictions on the class.  This is a great class for parents and kids or couples to take together! This class is full of interesting and entertaining information, for everyone.

Course Details:

We have restructured the course schedule compared to previous years.

This year the course will take place over five consecutive days, with a 30-minute lunch break.  You will receive 35 hours of instruction as compared to the 24 hours of instruction with our previous schedule.  

Course content on Monday will be largely review and practice of what we have learned over the first four days of the course.  If your schedule cannot accommodate the fifth day you will still gain all of the knowledge and skills.


If paid in a single payment course registration is $500.  If paid in three payments of $180 course registration is $540.

Payments will be accepted via cash, check, Venmo or Credit Card via Square Invoice.  Course registration also includes a copy of Smoke Elser’s book, “Packin’ in on Mules and Horses”


Due to scheduling conflicts we have cancelled the January class dates.  Please fill in the form below if you would like to be notified when classes are scheduled.

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About the Instructors

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Jordan Knudsen

After moving to Montana in 2001, Jordan Knudsen rapidly grew a passion for horses, mules and back country travel. After a few years of experience in self-taught techniques, he completed Smoke’s packing course in 2004.
Since then, not only did Jordan take the time to become proficient in the techniques of decker packing, but he also took it upon himself to improve the equipment he was working with. In 2006 he started a business, known as Sun River Saddlery, that was devoted to building equipment that carries on the traditions of decker packing and back country travel.  In 2020 he founded Heart Bar K Enterprises, which absorbed Sun River Saddlery, a business devoted to providing support for many aspects of the Western lifestyle.
Jordan spends his fall season as a Licensed Backcountry Hunting Guide, contract packs through the summer season and enjoys as much personal and family time in the mountains as time allows.
Jordan has been instructing alongside Smoke Elser going on four years now in the classroom, the field and other public demonstrations.