In March we were asked to come to a farm and wagon day at a local farm about a 45 minute drive for us. We were asked to do the wagon rides with another man as our team is steady and calm.
This is my husband and I a friend of ours took of us and gave to us, they used it in our local draft club newsletter:
By lunch time the general public was steadily coming in to see the plowing, how to use different implements to use to either till the soil, turn it, get grass and rock out, to turning the soil back over what you planted, using a jockey stick, how to use a team, 3 abreast, or a single. They also got to see different driving styles and why voice commands were so important. Some of our experienced teamsters are wonderful spokesman and teachers to those who stopped and asked them questions, it is always a joy to listen to them.
This is myself driving with a 2 year old little boy in my lap "helping" me drive. He got such a kick out of it, his dad, who was sitting next to to me snapping photo's, he was yelling at him to watch and see how HE was driving. Trixie and Smoke were grand on how patient and calm they were, my hands were behind this young boy's at all times, I used strictly voice and I get such a joy out of the children and how their face light up. We let another young girl, who was about 12, drive by herself as she had a bit of experience from her grandfather's farm. She asked if she could drive them, so I handed over my lines, and she kept them at a nice steady walk, but knew I was right there just in case.
One of our friends, Michael, and his lovely wife came out to see our mare's in harness. They have been to our farm several times for dinner. Michael use to use Percherons for logging in the woods in Connecticut and surrounding area, then for a while in Virginia till he retired out. Because he hadn't driven in some time, I asked if he would like to drive my team, something I don't often let just anyone do, in fact, I can count on one hand the times I have let adult drivers touch my team, as I am very particular. Mike truly is someone to pick his brain, he was relaxed, calm, when he gave Trixie and Smoke commands, he did so in a normal tone of voice, was soft on the lines and listening to him recount stories was a real treat. Here we are standing while my husband and the 3 of us were talking: