How do you pack a mule?

No more than 150 pounds goes on each mule. The weight for each bag or box must be fairly equal and so it’s weighed on the dock. A nice light top load, like a folded bedroll, is a good way to end. The off-side or right side is loaded first, then the near-side (left side).

How much can a pack mule carry?

“U.S. Army specifications for pack mules state that ‘American mules can carry up to 20 percent of their body weight (150 to 300 pounds) for 15 to 20 miles per day in mountains,'” Wickler says. “There are some anecdotal reports of 350 to 400 pounds and even an 1867 reference to 600 to 800 pounds for mules.”

Are mules happy?

Pack mules are sure-footed, patient and perfectly happy to plod along anywhere in a line of animals and they recover quickly from a day’s hard work. Those are important traits for a pack animal.

Are mules comfortable to ride?

Though, with our years of packing experience, mules stand the test-of-time in strength, comfort for riding long-distance, intelligence, and are more sure-footed than the horse. The mule is a cross between a donkey and a horse.

How do you train a pack horse?

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  1. Blindfold them with a jacket or something, pack the animal, let them stand tied up for as long as you feel comfortable. …
  2. if you can bone your kill out, put into panniers.
  3. if you get a horse that starts a fit around blood, back the horse off until it calms down, smear his nose with vicks voporub.
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