To pack a deei on horseback: first, if your horse is green in the business, let him smell the deer, pet him, and, if necessary, blindfold him until you get the carcass lashed in place. Even then you may have trouble, I have seen a mule get such a conniption fit at the smell of blood that he bucked himself, deer, and saddle, off a cut-bank into a swift river; the girth broke, and that saddle is going yet.
It may be necessary to smear some of the deer's blood on your horse's nose to kill the scent.
If the animal is antlered, remove the head and make a separate parcel of it.
Re-cinch your saddle, and, if the deer is too heavy to lift upon the horse's back, fasten you* picket-rope to the deer's hind legs, throw the line over the saddle, get on the other side, and haul away until the deer's hocks are up even with the saddle; then quickly snub the rope around the saddle-horn, go around, swing the burden over the saddle, balancing it evenly, and lash it fast. Or, if you wish to ride, move the deer behind the saddle and lash it there, bringing the legs forward on either side and tying them to the rings of the cinch. For thongs, if the saddle has none, cut strips from the skin of the deer's fore legs. Be sure to fasten the load securely, so that it cannot slip, or you will have a badly frightened horse. By skinning the legs from hoofs to ankles, partly disarticulating the latter, and then tying the legs snugly, they will not dangle and scare the horse, nor catch in underbrush.
Another wray is to place the deer in the saddle seat, back to horn, legs to rear. Tie one end of a short rope to latigo ring, pass rope around deer back of shoulders and once more through the ring. Bring rope out in front of deer's breast, take a half turn with it in rope back of shoulders, and pull all tight. Take two half hitches on saddle horn. Repeat on opposite side, but bring rope up between hind legs of deer, take the half turn, and fasten to saddle horn as before. Now tie deer's head on top of load. This method of packing is recommended by W. G. Corker, who says " no horse alive can buck it off".
A simpler but secure way is to cut slits for thongs above the hocks and knees and another slit along the brisket. Place the deer on the saddle in such manner that the saddle horn sticks through the slit brisket. Tie down the legs at their middle joints to the cinch-ring on each side. (Emerson Hough).