for your help with a previous problem. In the future, I want to break
my horse to pack wild game. Do you have any suggestions in this area?
Thank you once again, T
are more than welcome!
packing wild game, I have two things for you to think about as you get ready to
train him for this.
First, be sure you
have a very well fitting pack saddle because I've seen lots of problems with horses
not taking to packing just because the pack saddle did not fit. Once you start
adding weight to the pack saddle, do so in small increments so your horse can
learn how to balance the static load.
you will need to do a thorough sacking out program with your horse using all sorts
of things such as ropes, tarps, gunshots (unless you are a bow hunter), and, of
course, quarters of meat. You'll have to be "creative" when it comes
time to choose your props for the meat lessons because until you hunt, its hard
to find a good substitute. However, I've used bags of bones that I got from the
meat man at the grocery store and they provided the smell that your horse will
need to get used to. If you have a fresh or old hide, of course that would be
a great lesson prop too.