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A horse used as a pack animal.
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(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a horse used to transport goods, equipment, etc
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a horse used for carrying loads.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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[ˈpækhɔːs] Ncaballo m de carga
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This party consisted of sixty men, well mounted, and conducting a line of packhorses. They were commanded by Captain William Sublette, a partner in the company, and one of the most active, intrepid, and renowned leaders in this half military kind of service.
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., that we could scarce see anything but their feet and their heads as they went along.
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.
If I would sell my soul for drink, why wasn't I a thief, swindler, housebreaker, area sneak, robber of pence out of the trays of blind men's dogs, rather than your drudge and packhorse? If my every word was a lie, why wasn't I a pet and favourite of yours?
The road was filled with packhorses carrying cotton flax, oxen carrying loads of rice and coolies and itinerant merchants carrying their goods.
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.
They want to help people imagine life as an on-road packman for a family company in Jagger Green, leading packhorses laden down with panniers of goods such as wool and salt.
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. Is mountain biking compatible with preserving backcountry areas?