PACKS – How to Pack and How to Load: Pack a Pannier or mantie to avoid rattles.
Some inexperienced pack horses start bucking when loading manties or panniers that make noises.
Don’t even try to control the horse once it gets out of control.
All horses are much stronger than you are and you risk serious injury trying to intervene.
Let the horse buck until it calms down or the mantie is on the ground.
Repack and insure there are no rattles. Max pack loads for a horse The general rule is 20% of the horse’s weight including the pack saddle.
It is more difficult for a pack horse to carry dead weight than a rider who helps balance the load and leans forward or back in the saddle. Do a dry run at home and load all items to insure all gear will fit in your manties or panniers and you are not overloading your pack animals. Balancing a mantie load Mantie loads normally protrude 12-18 inches above the pack saddle.
Manties with the high center of balance causes the pack saddle to rock more than panniers.
Prior to starting out on the trail – lift the bottom of the mantie up at least 8-12 inches and let go to see how the mantie rocks and if the mantie needs to be reloaded, rearranged or the pack cinch needs to be tightened. Double check pack saddles Many people only use their pack gear 1-2 times a year.
Check it thoroughly prior to packing to insure there are no leather cracks that could cause the leather to break under stress.
When I first started packing I had an old pack saddle.
As I was leading my horse, packing out an elk, up a steep cliff trail when a strap broke and my pack saddle slipped to the side.
It was too dangerous on the cliff trail to make any adjustments.
I took the elk quarters and pack saddle off and then proceeded to a safer location and tied my horse to a tree.
Then I had to go back down the cliff trail and carry the two hind quarters and pack saddle to where my horse was and repair the pack saddle and reloaded my elk quarters.
A hard lesson learned that could have been a disaster if my pack horse would have spooked on the cliff trail when the pack slipped to the side. ………………
Read more about Broke : As I was leading my horse packing out an elk….: