Many thanks to my Canadian friend Rod for sending this link:
If anyone has any of the following manuals I would like to scan them and post them as a praxis reference.
FM 25-7 Pack Transport (Post World War II)
FM 25-5 (draft) Animal Transport (1961)
FM 3-05.213 (originally FM 31-27) Special Forces Use of Pack Animals, 16 June 2004.
Don't have them, but finding links for 2 of them was easy enough.
Moving supplies and gear with horses and mules is a concept that I have been addressing for awhile. Mules are of course your best bet cause they carry heavier loads on less feed. I have horses and have done a little experimenting with tying twin Medium Alice packs over a western saddle and it works OK I usually have room on top for another point of attachment for bulky loads but it is crude at best but will work OK as long as I don't run the horses for long distances. It should save my old back a lot of pain and misery.
not gremain to this discussion but didn't know how else to send it to you.
Mike - email sent with links if that helps.
Check yer mail, bud...
For 31-27 try https://akocomm.us.army.mil/usapa/doctrine/DR_pubs/dr_c/pdf/fm3_05x213.pdf
Mike, I was about to send you a Google link for 25-7, then I saw your request of 12/13 a couple of synopses down so I expect yo've already gone that route. True? If not, just list name and number.
When I was a kid our mule saved me from a sticker-bur patch. "Black-Jack" got out of the pasture one morning so my grandfather had sent me after him. I took off in such a hurry that I forgot to put on my shoes. And as a result I found myself in a patch of painful grass burrs - I was stuck. But 'Ol Black Jack stopped when he heard my verbal disgust, he then turned, studied my predicament, and then figuring I could use some help, he walked right back to me. I hopped on his back and off to the barn we went. And from then on, I always carried a fondness for mules.
I told my wife thats reason I fell for her.
Don't forget: Llamas, and even dogs or goats can be used as pack animals as well.
And oxen (steers, castrated male cattle) pulled most of the covered wagons across the plains.
Does anyone have good sources for dogs, too? They don't just pull sleds, and there are other advantages to them, especially in certain areas.
I've looked around before for information on dogsledding, but found very little useful for beginners. Granted, you probably want some guidance in person from someone who has some experience, but something to help beginners would be nice, especially for those methods that aren't as common as dogsledding.
I likely have scans of those mans in my DVD file archives. I'll dig around. I've got about 24,000 pdfs of various public domain military manuals so it might take a day or two of free time.
Save you all the scanning if I can find the already electroned versions. Office needed organizing anyway.
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