Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
I personally believe that horses are much more trainable and responsive. Oxen may be stronger and last longer, but I don't have the sense that they are nearly as sensitive to direction. I imagine that they were good for the wagon trains because as long as they walked in the same direction along the same road all day, everything was good. With horses however, I believe more finesse can be applied with stopping, starting, turning, etc.