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post #31 of 35 Old 05-25-2019, 07:03 PM
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At packing school in the Marine Corps we lead our mules and donkeys on foot much of the time. Only our instructor was mounted for major parts of the course. I can tell you without a doubt that packing mules while you hike can get a lot of very heavy gear a loooong way up in the mountains. We used to do 27 mile days some days with the heavy guns and the ammo for them strapped on to the animals. Most schools in the Marine Corps aren't a ton of fun to say the least but I had a riot at packing school and mountain warfare school. Probably the most fun of anyplace I ever went in the Marines. It's cool to see somebody else packs mules on foot too besides for just the Marine Corps.
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post #32 of 35 Old 05-25-2019, 07:10 PM
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Here is a link, the packing part of the course is 16 days and the horse riding part was 16 days but we also did some climbing / rope courses and a survival course too while we were there. I think all told we were there for close to 60 days. I had a fishing license so did my buddy so we spent a lot of our off hours fishing. https://www.recordcourier.com/news/l...the-spotlight/
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post #33 of 35 Old 05-27-2019, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, AndytheCornbread, for sharing your experience leading mules and the link to article. I'm always glad when hearing good things about mules, as this now our third year with them and it seems I'm more anxious as get older, so I like to hear that they've been led successfully before by people on foot. My fear is that they could jump forward if spooked and push us off the trail. I'm trying to remember to always stay on the uphill side when leading and remind husband to do the same. Trying to teach the more energetic one to give us space, but know in her past she was lead behind bigger mules with people riding so it seems she thinks she needs to hustle up the trail instead of going at our slower walking pace. Husband loves her work ethic, but I worry about the big brown boxes she carries pushing him off trail. Always something with animals!
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post #34 of 35 Old 06-06-2019, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Horses Beautiful in Upper Pasture

My heart thrilled to see that horses again in upper pasture. Our generously good-hearted neighbor apparently canít say no to people in distress when horses involved so she takes in and feeds through the winter.

Come summer, when irrigation returns to fill water tank in our upper field (crops no longer there), we tell her bring some if wished as we love seeing them on ridge above. So far just four, all sorrel, an old retired gelding with white face, we knew he carried kids in rodeo events when younger; a small gelding with white blaze missing an eye, we donít know his story; two mares.
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post #35 of 35 Old 06-08-2019, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Realize the cut-and-paste had missed last lines, perhaps because subconscious knows that on HorseForum, all recognize without being said the truth of last favorite phrase, as below:


Big white dog loves to have "her" herd back and circles each day; I love to be greeted by horses and stroke their necks; an elemental pleasure.
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