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A horse used as a pack animal.


(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a horse used to transport goods, equipment, etc



a horse used for carrying loads.
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Noun1.packhorse - a workhorse used as a pack animalpackhorse - a workhorse used as a pack animal  
pack animal, sumpter - an animal (such as a mule or burro or horse) used to carry loads
workhorse - a horse used for plowing and hauling and other heavy labor


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This party consisted of sixty men, well mounted, and conducting a line of packhorses.
I observed that there was not a horse in his retinue but that our carrier's packhorses in England seemed to me to look much better; though it was hard to judge rightly, for they were so covered with equipage, mantles, trappings, &c.
He was sitting in his foreign uniform on an hussar packhorse and looked anxiously about him; The sword cut on his arm could scarcely be called a wound.
The snow which had fallen in the night made it late in the morning before the party loaded their solitary packhorse, and resumed their march.
Often built on trade routes, also called packhorse routes, they were used by packhorses loaded up with either sidebags or pannier baskets - across a river or stream.
Mountain bikers say their self-propelled machines (no noise, no emissions) fit within the wilderness ideal and, besides, do less damage than a line of packhorses.
One Roman route along the Clwydian range became known colloquially as the cheese road: after cattle were driven out to England, cheese was brought back by horse and cart or packhorses.
The original Packsaddle Hall, which dated back to the 1500s, was a stopping place for travellers and packhorses making their way from Atherstone to Maxstoke Castle.
This is Salter's Lane; one of the roads in the area once used by packhorses to transport sea salt from the coast of Durham.