by Shreya

external image Zugochsen.jpgThe pioneers had to take some animals along the trail. Horses or mules were good along the trail but they would not be able to survive on the prairie grass and were hard to control. They decided to use oxen because they could live off prairie grass and were cheaper, too. They were also obedient. Many pioneers spent two or three weeks training the oxen to get used to the yoke. The yoke was a piece of wood that stretched across their necks to make them be in pairs. Even though the oxen moved slower they were better. (That is like the Aesop’s Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. The moral of the story was ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’)
Some of the animals they took were used for food. The dairy cows were used for milk and meat. They also brought pigs and chickens. When the animals din not have anything else to eat. They would die so they would eat them. All these animals would walk along the trail beside the wagon.

The pioneers saw many animals along the trail. Some of the animals they saw were mules and horses from any abandoned wagons. The Indians showed the pioneers how to use buffalo and bison that were on the trail. The pioneers also saw wolves, foxes, and coyotes, ducks, birds, bears, deer, and snakes.

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