A tale told in GIFs. (Spoilers!)
We caught up with Kellie Rettinger of Whispery Pines Percherons, the first draft horse exhibitors to present a draft-specific clinic at Equine Affaire in Ohio — what goes on behind the scenes, especially for the famous Fantasia performance?
Illahe Vineyards of Dallas, Oregon harnesses the power of draft horses to produce its wines, including a very special pinot noir made completely by historical techniques without modern technology.
Time to own up, teamsters.
While the Budweiser Clydesdales might be the best-known of the great draft horse hitches (and the only big hitch still in rotation), commercial hitches have a long, rich history in the US. Here are a few hitches you might not know.
(Other than trying to fit two giant animals and myself into one selfie frame.) As it turns out, actually enjoying time in their presence makes up maybe 5% of the total time I spend on these boofheads.
Just call me “Mother of Draft Horses.”
Percherons wouldn’t normally be good event horses … but this isn’t a normal Percheron! Ride along on the Plantation Fields Novice cross-country course aboard “Klein.”
Draft horses are most commonly seen pulling carriages and wagons; they can make great riding horses but very few have the athletic build and drive to be an event horse. “Klein” is one of these rare individuals, a more refined Percheron than other members of her breed better suited to more typical draft horse uses.
Climb aboard Klein and go for a spin around Plantation Field’s Novice cross-country course!
From the rider’s perspective, you might not guess you’re riding a Percheron. We’re loving “The Flying Percheron” blog, which chronicles the long and patient process of training a draft horse eventer — check it out here.
Go Percherons! Go riding!
The draft horse rescuing the broken-down snowmobile is pretty cool … but watch all the way to the end, because then it gets hilarious.
While there are many uses for draft horses — farm work, carriage livery, riding, maximum snuggliness and more — perhaps one of their greatest applications is their ability to aid stranded motorists in the winter. This video is a variation on that theme, when this draft horse is hitched up to a broken-down snowmobile in the woods to haul it home.
That in and of itself would be reason enough for a fun video, but watch all the way to the end, because boys will be boys and can’t resist an opportunity to goof off. Good thing karma has a way of getting in the last laugh.
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When the sled breaks down… Frank to the rescue… with some unexpected entertainment.
Posted by Mark Leslie Hamilton on Saturday, February 20, 2016
Oops. I’m sure it will come out in the wash.
Go draft horses! Go riding!