With lots of guys getting ready to hit the high country horseback on elk/mulie hunts I thought I would pass along a little technique that has worked for me. I always desensitize my horses to gunfire to try to help avoid one breaking a lead rope and running 10 miles back to the trailer. I have found tying an old inner tube in a tree and then tying the lead rope to the inner tube solves a lot of stress when desensitizing to gunfire. The inner tube acts like a giant rubber band and lets the horse fight the rubber band instead of breaking stuff if he rears or pulls back extremely hard with the first few gunshots. Normally after they fight the inner tube a few minutes they settle down on subsequent gunshots and after a few sessions will only flinch a little if at all. Hope this helps someone.