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Talking Horses.....
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Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-15-2004 at 04:43:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
....what has ever happened to the plow or work horses. Seems there's only a couple teams left within my 40mile dia nieghborhood.

When a kid, there were a many strong teams around. Used to ride these over stuffed horses at a slower but steady pace.
I remember their masters mourning their passing lose for days.
In them days horses a source of helpful power, these men and horse flesh bonded beyond what most of may imagine today. These species in mixed company spending so muh time together every day.

I would like to see and hear some these stories.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 04-15-2004 at 09:12:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My dad and his dad bought an 88 Oliver (I think) together in the 50's. Maybe one of the first around. They still used horses for a while. Now Dad has a buddy who has work horses/mules. Re-living his childhood.

Dad told a story on Easter Sunday about one of his uncles who was a trader (well, this is ONE of Sunday's stories, anyway!). A logger called my great uncle Arthur and said he needed a horse/mule to pull logs out of the woods. Uncle Arthur said "I have just the mule you need. He'll pull out any log you have in the woods." The fellow was a bit hesitant of Uncle Arthur's enthusiasm, so Uncle Arthur replied "Tell you what, I'll bring him to you in the morning and pull out any log you choose. If he doesn't or we can't do business, I'll load him back up and bring him back home." The logger agreed and Uncle Arthur showed up the next morning with the mule. They went into the woods and hooked him to the biggest log they had down (I forget what size Dad described) and he leaned into it and pulled it out of the woods. Uncle Arthur sat down on the log, crossed his arms, and said to the logger "Now, we gonna do business?" The mule was traded and Uncle Arthur came home. That afternoon Uncle Arthur got a phone call from the logger "Something's wrong with this mule." "How ya figure?" asks Uncle Arthur. The logger replies "I haven't been able to get him back in the woods since you left!" "Well, now" says Uncle Arthur, "I told you he'd pull out any log in the woods, but I didn't say a thing about how many he'd pull... 'cause he's only good for one a day!"

VBADAVE    Posted 04-15-2004 at 06:55:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There two or three fellows that offer logging with horses. It's a whole lot less damaging to the rest of the forest but the landowner doesn't get as much. Boys have pay for the feed. Anyway they set up a portable sawmill pull the logs out and cut on the spot.

Texas    Posted 04-15-2004 at 05:38:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can remember as a kid every spring and fall an old man would show up at our home with his team and mold board to break our garden ground. He used this same team to drag logs outta the woods for the loggers when it got to wet for their skidders to work. Seems that teams name was Jack and Jill if I remember right. Biggest mules Ive ever seen. Bet they stood 19 hands. That old man also made cane beer back in the marsh and used those mules to turn the press. Snuck down there one night and drank my fill. Had both ends in the sink for a few days after that!

Paula    Posted 04-15-2004 at 05:30:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My riding instructor had some percheron she rescued
from starvation years ago. Some breeder was going
through a divorce so she stopped feeding her
percherons. She called the vet when one went down
and called a different vet when another went down.
This second vet was my riding instructor's vet and she
arranged for her to take the perches. There were five
and a baby. You should see the pictures; their heads
seemed wider than their bodies. Anyway she had them
for some years and retired them to a friends grass

We would occaisionally take them out on trails. Talk
about tea-sippin' gaits!


Lazy Al    Posted 04-15-2004 at 05:28:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think draft horse teams are making a come back though few guys acually farm with them Only one guy around here I know of besides the Amish .
This is a link to a guys shop that shippes draft horse shoes all over the country .I went to his work shop a few weeks ago. It's in Shelby Mi .
I found it very interesting .

Stan ETenn    Posted 04-15-2004 at 05:27:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
My FIL had a mule he plowed and rode. Big black mule. One day a man asked him what he would take for the mule. Not guessing what would happen he put a figure way up there. Guess what happened. He still misses that mule. Trying to break my jenny to harness I tore some ligiments in the back of my knee. End of that endevor. Lots of horses and mules being used in E Tenn. Those kind of folks just don't talk about it. Mostly pleasure riding around here. Later, Stan

Alias    Posted 04-15-2004 at 13:11:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stan, where are you located in Tn. I lived for many years in and around Carter County.....gfp

Hurley    Posted 04-15-2004 at 05:08:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sad but true ... all of these big horses and mules went to the slaughter house back in the late 40s and through the 50s. Their owners bought tractors. Now, they love their tractors! Progress?

Clipper    Posted 04-15-2004 at 04:49:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have an old farmer right down the road from me who has a matched team of Belgium draft horses....he takes em to the summer fairs around here for pulling contests. They sure are good looking horses!!

Get pics....    Posted 04-15-2004 at 04:53:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
....and comments.....please.

Clipper    Posted 04-15-2004 at 04:55:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Will do...I been meaning to stop over there and get the names of them horses anyway....

jeanette    Posted 04-15-2004 at 05:44:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
i knew a guy that had donkeys he used to pull a mower and stuff with, when he got to old his son tried to do it. well the donkeys didn't like him as much and they wouldn't listen to him it was really funny to watch. next time the dad was back and everything went just fine,

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