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Re: Still using Draft Horses

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Dick L

01-06-2013 13:55:21

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Probly not what your after in draft horse pictures but this is my team.

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01-06-2013 14:05:08

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 Re: Still using Draft Horses in reply to Dick L, 01-06-2013 13:55:21  
Nice team. My wife drives with a mini and a two wheeled cart.

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01-06-2013 15:14:30

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 Re: Still using Draft Horses in reply to EJ70, 01-06-2013 14:05:08  
I still use drafters, quite a few people up here do. Actually I'm between teams right now. I had older well broke horses and their offspring. Well, things got real busy and I never got the youngsters broke and the old timers died on me. So now I'm working with a team of 4 year old Halflingers my wife got me and 3 older Percheron mares. The mares are a handful!
If I could I'd do my major plowing, discing and hay cutting and round baling with the tractors and do some plowing, discing, cultivating, tedding, raking, wood gathering and general chores like fencing and stone picking with the horses. I'm binding Speltz this summer and threshing it using a 1920's Adriance -Platt binder and McCormick thresher I own. Why? I don't own a combine! It's only 3 1/2 acres to see how the Speltz does compared to oats. I've got about 4 acres broke for corn that I'll put in with a horsedrawn JD 999. Cultivating I'm hoping to do with the horses too if I can get a cultivator lined up. The corn is an OP variety an Amish neighbor developed. It's going for silage, 4 acres of good corn will fill my little silo. I'm still looking for a corn binder but have choppers available if I can't find one.

Anyways, there's still some of us doing it small and cheap. Can't beat horses for low cost farming. Every time I start a tractor my wallet screams in pain!

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01-08-2013 05:21:21

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 Re: Still using Draft Horses in reply to Bret4207, 01-06-2013 15:14:30  
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Brett, do you have a sulky with PTO?

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01-07-2013 11:24:41

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 Re: Still using Draft Horses in reply to Bret4207, 01-06-2013 15:14:30  
Bret -
You will enjoy using a corn binder to harvest your OP corn. Takes a bit of slow work to get new horses used to it, however. I use a MCD binder (vertical) and look forward to the harvest each fall since most of the "bugs" have been worked out of both the horses and the binder.

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01-08-2013 04:58:04

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 Re: Still using Draft Horses in reply to Suffolk1, 01-07-2013 11:24:41  
They go for high dollars up here. We have a lot of Amish.

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