“Days later, I still find Rocky looking, his head lifted, ears patiently forward, eyes scanning the horizon slowly, as though Randy will come walking around the corner of the hill and back into our lives. I still find myself looking for Randy too. I expect we’ll be looking for him for quite some time.”
Nothing touches the heart quite like a draft horse team — and when Meagan DeLisle got the opportunity to bring home a team that once belonged to a close friend, she would let nothing stand in her way. Grab a tissue. You’ve been warned.
In a few corners of the country, the old-fashioned way is still the best way. Learn more about horse-drawn logging, courtesy of Roger Daugherty and his team Willy and Charlie, tucked away in the Oregon woods.
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?
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.