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WesternSaddle.com takes pride in offering you only the finest selection of Horse Camping And Pack Supplies available online today. We know that our customers look for quality and well made Pack Saddle Panniers. After 25 years packing & guiding in Wyoming and Montana, these products have our stamp of approval. M White Both the mule and the horse were used in packing because they each had different packing abilities. Mules can carry more weight, work longer hours, need less feed and can manouvre more easily around narrow rocky areas on the trails. Horses, on the other hand, can travel through mud and swamps a lot easier than mules since their feet are broader. A packer had to take special care when packing the animals with Pack Saddle Panniers and make sure that goods that could get spoiled if immersed in water were packed on the mules and not on the horses. In hot weather, a horse will lie down in a creek to cool itself off and could damage the goods it was carrying. On a routine day, the packers were usually awake by 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning to get their animals packed before the flies and bugs came out and made them hard to pack. The men worked in pairs placing the packs on the pack saddles. It was very important to load the pack animals properly because a shifty pack could injure the animal's back or, even worse, send them tumbling off a cliff to their death. Once the packs were in place, the famous "diamond hitch" was thrown over the packs. When everything was ready, a bell was rung and the train was off, with an experienced horse or mule in the lead. This lead animal wore a bell and all the others knew to follow. Usually, for every ten pack animals, there was one packer riding horseback.
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