What is a packhorse?

What is a packhorse? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. A horse used as a pack animal.
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I soon passed the packhorse bridge, built in 1675 and close to the ford by which crossed the Roman road to Boroughbridge.
He knew that his laden packhorse team, and particularly his few tools of precious iron, would be a tempting prize to the Munjons.
But perhaps they would be lucky, and the supplies and the packhorse would be in the middle of all the juniper trees up at the top of the hill.
I started tightening saddles and untying the biggest camp items from the packhorse.
He landed in Charleston in 1735 at the age of sixteen and presently joined a trader's caravan as packhorse boy.
Unless you were monstrously tall, you could see nothing in front of you except for the back of someone's head or by chance, the flanks of a donkey or packhorse carrying goods.

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