that's super cool! I had no idea horses (or was it mules?) had been used by the US military recently. I guess it makes sense; I would imagine that the roads aren't too great in that part of the world. Did they have a pre-existing unit that knew how to do that, or did they have to improvise something once they realized they couldn't use vehicles? Were they animals owned by the military, or were they rented from locals? If locals, was it primarily the locals doing the work and you were just overseeing, or were soldiers also doing a lot of the work? Was the process more efficient than you thought it would be, or was it the case that the animals couldn't carry very much? They were being used as pack animals, carrying the loads on their back, rather than pulling, right? Or is modern weaponry lighter than in the past because now composites and alloys are being used? Obviously horses use to be used for this all the time, but is it the case that modern waepon is so heavy that a horse could only carry one gun? Or is that even possible, since you'd have to load them equally on each side? When you use animals like that, do you have to get extra animals to carry feed, or could they graze along the way?
I love horses and I love military history. I honestly had no idea they were still being used today, outside of show purposes. Do you have any pictures?
Sorry for all of the questions, I just had no idea that was still a thing.
I'm not too far from Fort Hood. Maybe I will stop and check out that out some day. That thing they do at 10:00 -- is the public allowed?