A few decades ago, I raised Saanens goats as part of a small farm. I also liked to hike. I did some research and found that 'pack goats' where in use in some places. The have a number of positive attributes that make them a good choice.
I have actually had them on the trail a few times
- They eat brush so can browse for food along the trail (this may be prohibited in some areas)
- Pound of animal to pound of weight bearing they do well, being able to carry about 25% of their body weight.
- You can carry a herd of them in the back of a covered pickup
- They are herd animals, and if they identify you as pack leader, they will follow you along the trail.
- You can buy goat packs online.
- For smaller loads you can use a dog pack on a goat, they are less expensive and at the time were easier to get.
Disadvantages; they are goats, if you have raised goats, you have probably come out one morning to find one on the roof of your car, with goat prints all over, and the goat got very grumpy when you explained this was not appropriate.
In summary; if you now or previously had goats, they can be a good choice for pack animals. If you don't have goat raising history, you will want to do some goat research and visit a goat farm.