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Re: Still using Draft Horses

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Posted by Bret4207 on January 06, 2013 at 15:14:30 from (

In Reply to: Still using Draft Horses posted by EJ70 on January 06, 2013 at 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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