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Computer Trouble / Farm Success

October 10, 2021

We have been fighting with our computer for almost a month! Finally we have been repaired. We didn’t lose anything and I am back to communicating and blogging.

In the photo above, Abby , Amee and I were plowing at Lake Farm Park. The park is located in a neighboring county. They host a horsepower weekend. Old tractors and of course, real horsepower are showcased. We had a fun time visiting and plowing. The event was well attended by other teams of horses and the public. We struggled a bit with old vegetation plugging the plow, but we did make some loose dirt.

This is a picture of my old Oliver plow. I haven’t used it for years. My knees got too sore to use it. I got them replaced and decided that I wanted to try plowing this way again. The horses had not done this ever in their lives either. We worked on it for a few evenings before we went out in public. I am not the plowman that I once was, but we got it done.

There is a lot to this job. Once things are all set up and understood, it is a joy to plow this way. We are not there yet! I managed to drag along the ground a few times as The horses learned where to walk and I learned to pick my feet up higher. It was still fun. I will plow like this a few times each year just to keep my memories alive. This old plow belonged to a mentor of mine…I think he would be pleased too.

Over the last month, we continued to work with Hank, our two-year old Suffolk Punch stallion. He is doing good, but the training will continue for the coming months, even years. He is growing fast and well. He is pictured with our 7 year old mare Abby in the photo below.

It is my hope to have Hank plowing in a three-horse hitch before the snow flies this fall. He is not shy about pulling and keeps his mind on his work. I will call that a success!

The speltz have been planted. This horse grain is up and looking good. I have opened the corn field by picking two rows closest to the fence and down the middle. The main harvest will commence as I begin hand picking the dry ears in the coming days.

Thank you everyone for bearing with me in my absence. Its good to be back sharing our success with all of you. There is much to catch up on, so ride along with me as I bring you a glimpse of our small farming life.


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I wish I had known you were at Horsepower wekend! So glad someone called you! I’ve been telling them about you for yrs.
No wonder people werent overweight back during hand plowing days!! The number of steps they took! Much healthier! Sunlight, vitamin D, fresh air, no diabetes, no high blood pressure, no anxiety, depression….
Is 2 years old too young for a draft horse to pull? I know in light horse breeds, their knees arent fully joined & closed until age 5.

Comment by Jacklyn

Thank you
I am working our 2 year old stallion, but mostly just going through the motions on very light loads. It is more to keep his brain busy. Like most teenaged boys, he is easily distracted by the girls. So this training is more for education and not production. He pulls a tire along with a teammate. He will be going on the manure spreader soon with very light loads to hear the noises and see the flinging poop. I won’t work him very hard until he is three and a half. He just turned 2 this past April.

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