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Who owns Horses and Mules?

Horses
11 (24.4%)
Mules
4 (8.9%)
Deckers
8 (17.8%)
Sawbucks
5 (11.1%)
Neither
17 (37.8%)

Total Members Voted: 30

Author Topic: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?  (Read 2621 times)

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Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« on: November 27, 2023, 11:43:29 AM »
I always thought the Horse and Mule info on here was a little thin.  Just wondering how many of us are out there? 
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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2023, 12:56:35 PM »
Following along.  I have a young pack/trail horse in training. 

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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2023, 01:29:12 PM »
I don't own but get to use them for work a month or two out of the year, so I voted deckers  :chuckle:.

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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2023, 01:55:41 PM »
Iíve got 6 mules and use deckers. I use bags, boxes, and manties depending whatís going on.
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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2023, 03:01:52 PM »
I sold my horses and lease horses every year now. I have both deckers and sawbucks, some of my guides and packers like using one or the other better, so I have both types. Another very handy item not on your list, Over-The-Saddle pack bags, you can roll them up, tie them on with Latigo's behind the saddle and ride without having to lead a pack animal, very handy when hunting off horseback. If you kill an animal, piece it up, load up the horse, and lead out the horse.
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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2023, 04:17:43 PM »
I sold my horses and lease horses every year now. I have both deckers and sawbucks, some of my guides and packers like using one or the other better, so I have both types. Another very handy item not on your list, Over-The-Saddle pack bags, you can roll them up, tie them on with Latigo's behind the saddle and ride without having to lead a pack animal, very handy when hunting off horseback. If you kill an animal, piece it up, load up the horse, and lead out the horse.

Glad you brought that up.  Those are something I have been looking at since I only have a single animal for now.  It would be great to hear others experience with over the saddle bags. 

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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2023, 04:54:31 PM »
I like the pack lite meat panniers for packing meat on a ridding saddle. Their made by mountain ridge gear. They both roll up really nicely together something like 12Ēx6Ē and are really lite around 3 pounds I think.
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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2023, 05:36:27 PM »
I sold my horses and lease horses every year now. I have both deckers and sawbucks, some of my guides and packers like using one or the other better, so I have both types. Another very handy item not on your list, Over-The-Saddle pack bags, you can roll them up, tie them on with Latigo's behind the saddle and ride without having to lead a pack animal, very handy when hunting off horseback. If you kill an animal, piece it up, load up the horse, and lead out the horse.

Glad you brought that up.  Those are something I have been looking at since I only have a single animal for now.  It would be great to hear others experience with over the saddle bags.

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I wouldn't buy any panniers/saddle bags that are not iron/bear cloth or similar, lighter weight materials don't last. I've packed out lots of game and camps with my iron/bear cloth bags, they have stood up to the test of time. I have three ripped up canvas and lighter nylon saddle panniers of the same design that did not make it more than 1 or 2 seasons, they simply are not strong enough material, if your horse rubs on a tree they can come apart.

This company has the best prices on panniers that I have found, I just bought two more pairs of Utah style pack saddle bags this fall:
https://www.smithandedwards.com/departments/saddle-bags---pack-panniers-558.html
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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2023, 05:49:05 PM »
This page explains differences in materials. I suppose a recreational person who isn't using their bags on a continual basis would be fine with the canvas bags. I have a habit of looking at everything for the long term with heavy use!

We do use the canvas mantees with the deckers quite often and they have lasted pretty well.

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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2023, 05:50:36 PM »
Yeah it only takes one stob stick or branch.
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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2023, 05:54:02 PM »
Another item that is handy if you want to use panniers with a decker pack saddle rather than mantees:
https://www.amazon.com/Outfitters-Supply-Decker-Hooks-Saddle/dp/B0032CN0V4
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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2023, 07:26:44 PM »
7 head.
Ray Holes Deckers, Ray Holes panniers with or without the matching molded boxes.
Waterproof duffle bag top packs.

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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2023, 09:13:35 PM »
Few pictures from this summer before I broke my arm. Getting a few miles on my green 3 year old John.
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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2023, 09:14:18 PM »
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Re: Who Owns Pack Horses and Mules?
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2023, 09:18:42 PM »
Also got to visit the vet twice in a week this summer. One porcupine one T post.
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