So, for my setting, I have an idea for domesticated hominids (previously orcs). They're intellectually comparable to gorillas, weigh around the same amount (350 lbs), and can carry 15-20% their body weight (50-70 lbs). They're largely herbivorous, but will eat meat when offered, and naturally collect in packs/herds of 30-40 individuals.
I'm thinking they're mostly used as pack mules and to pull carts and rickshaws. They can be trained and used to mine, log, plow and do basic building, but with their weight and bulk, they aren't used much indoors (that's reserved for goblins!).
Any ideas / suggestions on what they could be used to do, or how to handle them? I'm still just mostly toying with the idea so I'm open to input.
Females and geldings are preferred to bulls as they are more manageable and easier of temperament. The ruling matriarch of a pack usually leads the mood. If she's upset or mad, the others grow agitated, whereas if she's calm, she keeps the others in line (no one wants someone else to ruin your day).
Bulls can be agitated and aggressive, so are mostly just kept for breeding or fighting (also maybe something like matadors exist). Young males who aren't neutered will be viciously driven off by the matriarch, and if they are kept in stables, the matriarch will become increasingly aggressive and try to break their way to the males. If she reaches them, she will proceed to drive them off or maul them.
Just had a thought; seafaring peoples would love these guys. Have enough of them rowing and you save up room for more soldiers and traders.