Why did Mountain Men prefer riding mules over horses? And how come the Indians never rode mules?

Why did Mountain Men prefer riding mules over horses? And how come the Indians never rode mules?

Paul Gordon

St Thomas, Ontario, Canada

Mountain Men preferred mules because they were surefooted in rough country and better pack animals. That being said, Mountain Men did prefer horses in open country and whenever they needed to get somewhere in a hurry.

Plains Indians and mountain tribes found horses more desirable than mules because their lifestyle consisted of hunting and warfare. Down in the Southwest, tribes like the Apache found mules better suited in rough country like Arizona’s central mountains and Mexico’s Sierra Madre. They also found some other uses for them—early journals by American soldiers mention the Apaches liked the taste of roasted mule meat.

Related Posts

  • In 1857 Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives commanded an expedition to explore the Colorado River. After…

  • No one could confuse life in this peaceful Southern Colorado town of 8,000 on the…

  • Ronald-M-Angelin_Larry-E-Morris-in-Gloomy-Terrors-and-Hidden-Fires_The-Mystery-of-John-Colter-and-Yellowstone.

    Writing a biography about John Colter, who left behind no journal, letters or other reminiscences,…