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Introduction to Draft Horses - One-day Seminar
Who: Ages 18+
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Class Times: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Register: Click here to register online
In this one-day seminar, individuals will receive a solid overview on how to drive and handle horses. Participants will learn first-hand, how draft horses are used for farming, logging and riding. Basic concepts covered will include general care of a horse and how much it takes to maintain and care for a horse or a team of horses. The participants will learn how to tack up a horse and a team, and then they will get a demonstration on team driving. This class is perfect for individuals who are interested in learning more about draft horses, either to help make a decision about pursuing ownership, or just to have a fun and educational experience on the farm. The Class Fee is $75.
Who: Ages 18+
Dates: TBD - Will be held in late October/early November
Class Times: 9:00 AM -4:00 PM
Cost: $375 for the entire course
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 $375.
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