With all the knowledge and wisdom that resides in this forum, I need to tap into some to solve a challenge to help a friend of mine.
Here's the background-
My friend Dennis is the owner of a compound bow manufacturing business that started up about a year and a half ago. He designed a new cam system that is absolutely amazing, and the company was doing quite well until he got hurt bad when he fell 30' from his tree stand last fall.
He broke both legs and his back in the fall. After spending 4 months in the hospital, he is now relearning how to walk and be mobile again.
Archery and bowhunting are this guy's life. Its all he does. He lives it, eats it, sleeps it, dreams it, breathes it.
The doc's are saying the he *might* be physically able to walk unaided in 2-3 years, but will likely never be able to pack out an animal ever again by himself.
Tree stands are decidedly out of the question.
He has always dreamed of a spot and stalk western Elk hunt, but that now seems out of reach.
So, here's where I need some help, wisdom, and guidance.
I have access to a couple horses that, if they were anymore laid back, theyd be dead.
I want to figure out how to get Dennis onto a horse, so I can take him into the backcountry to fulfill his dream of a Bull Elk.
We'll need a saddle that supports his back and legs ( I think we'll do a pack line type arrangement, where I lead on my horse, towing his horse behind mine), and I can sort of strap him in so he doesnt fall out of it, but can still draw his bow and shoot from the elevated position on horseback.
I have until September to put this all together, get the horses trained, and the saddle built and tested.
Anyone have ideas on how I can engineer a saddle to make his hunt successful?
It will need support about 2/3 up his back, and probably a seatbelt of some sort.
The seatbelt idea I can handle easily. It's the support for his back I need a little guidance on, as I have zero idea how a saddle is constructed, or how to attach the back support to it to be kind to his mount.
Thanks in advance!