- Pack mules are born followers. A pack mule will follow a horse or another mule almost anywhere.
- Pack mules know exactly where they will put down each foot. While some pack horses have a tendency to daydream and step off the trail.
- Pack mules carry a load without a lot of swaying and lunging.
- Pack mules are tougher than pack horses, pound for pound.
- I never have to shoe my pack mules. I just keep them trimmed, which saves me money.
- Pack mules know their job and want to do it.
- Pack mules generally have a 20-30% longer life than pack horses.
- Pack mules are easier keepers than pack horses for the most part.
- Last, but not least, pack mules are cute.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Should I Pack Horses or Mules?
I am asked this question regularly. Coincidentally, the only people who ever ask this question are those who have never owned a mule. That says a lot; however, my standard answer is this: If you own a horse that is just standing around burning hay, pack him. But if you are shopping for a pack animal, buy a pack mule. Why… Remembering that stock users, including me, are opinionated, below I listed the benefits for packing mules over horses: