|Draft Horse Programs|
Introduction to Draft Horse Driving and Logging-Beginner Course
Who: Ages 18+
Dates: February 23, March 2, 16, and 30th (Every other Saturday)
Class Times: 8:30 AM -4:00 PM
Cost: $450 for the entire course (four days plus a private lesson)
This class is open to all individuals age 18 and up, with an interest in gaining comprehensive skills in sustainable woodlot management with a draft horse. Participants will learn all aspects of managing a wood lot using draft horses, including working with the horses, and learning about all aspects of their care and management. Participants will explore the difficulties, limitations / advantages, and opportunities involved with draft horse logging, while they refine their equine sense and approach to horses. Care instruction will include, fitting horses for tack and harness (determining which tack is best for the animals you will be using), and proper feeds for the horses you'll be working with.
All participants will learn ground driving with the horses, twitching with a single horse and become familiarized with much of the equipment which can be used in the woods with horses. Other topics covered in the four-class program include financial aspect of keeping horses; costs of shoeing, feed and other housing needs. Tree ID and chainsaw safety (including felling trees) will also be covered in this program.
This comprehensive course will be offered for no more than six participants in order to ensure that each person receives high-quality instruction and to get each student started on the road to becoming a teamster of horses. A minimum number participants must register for the course to be held. The course fee is $450, which include all four class days and a private driving lesson which each participant will schedule during the week of February 17th or a Saturday after the course.
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Attention Wolfe's Neck Farm Members:
Please Join us for a Draft Horse Meet & Greet
Who: Members of WNF
Date: Saturday, February 16th (snow date)
Location: Here at the Farm!
This winter, we are excited to welcome Harley and Sam to our Animal Barn. These big, beautiful boys are of the Suffolk Punch breed, first established in the 1500's in England and are thought to be descended from the "Great Horse" of medieval times. For centuries, these horses have been recognized for their gentle disposition, willingness to please and for their tremendous power. Today only about 1,500 of this rare breed are left in the world (only 15 or so in Maine), and we are proud to host these two here at Wolfe's Neck Farm.
If you are a member of Wolfe's Neck Farm, or have donated to this winter's Annual Appeal, you're invited to join us in an up-close-and-personal welcome for our new residents. Jonathan Sawyer, horse logger, teacher and longtime owner of the draft horses will join us to talk about the breed, introduce these two fine gentlemen and answer any questions. Farmer Kaitlyn will be there to let children interact with the other animals in the barn as well. All ages welcome, light refreshments provided. Not a member? Membership begins at just $35/year for families. Click here to learn more about becoming a member