- May 20, 2009
- Three Forks, Mt
First thought when I read the OP. Morgan, first choice for a mountain horse.The stayemmade about disposition is probably the most important. The seond is the footing and height. I have a good buddy who has a quarter horse crossed with a draft horse I cannot remember the draft horse breed for the life of me. He always said the footing was sound and given the stoutly frame could bring an elk out no problem.
If it were me and was looking for a mountain animal I would look for something in the Morgan breed of horses. The old man has Morgans and his have sweet dispositions even the stud. They are from the "old bloodline" and it was said "A Morgan will plow your filed all week and then drive you to church on Sunday". You could ride in and they would definitely pack out your critter. The down side to Morgans is they can be finicky with their diets. They do really well on grass hay, too much alfalfa can twist them up.
Now if going to the backcountry I'd consider a mule or mules as well. They tend to be less skittish of things with teeth and sharp claws, however, they can be, as we all know,a bit, more stubborn.
Obviously it's gonna come down to your personal preferences and what the budget will allow. I'm not a horse expert by any means just a few ideas. I gave serious consideration to taking one of the Morgans this year and am looking at doing it next year.
Horses are a great tool to have in the hunting tool box.
Different kind of horse people.One of the first things you learn about horses, is they like to roll in the dirt. I guess a show horse needs to be all polished up, but horses like a little dirt in their coat, it seems.
I suggest you reach out the member Mountain K on hunttalk. His Facebook page in Kincheloe Mountain Horses.
I would pick his brain and listen to any advice he has to give. His horses and mules are always top notch and spends a lot of time in the mountain with them.
Matt, did you braid that horse’s tail?Meanwhile at Brush Mountain Pack Goats got another horse
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Are you going to start training those goats to follow you on a horse?Meanwhile at Brush Mountain Pack Goats got another horse
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+1! Borium is incredible not only for snow/ice but also on slippery rocks. Climbing or going downhill is huge traction improvement with borium. Snow pads versus balling is much better for horse as well. The trade off for safety versus low potential for thrush is worth it IMO.The last number of years, maybe 8 or so, I have used borium shoes with snow pads while elk hunting. The traction on icy rocky trails is very reassuring. The snow pads do a great job keeping snow from balling up on the horse's feet. At first I was concerned that the snow pads might make thrush more of a problem, but so far so good on that.
I might, not sure yet.Are you going to start training those goats to follow you on a horse?