Few weeks ago we were once again invited, for the 4th time, to participate in the local horse expo. We have had great reviews each year, were the only draft folks who are invited back and try to put on a good class as well as keep it entertaining and fun.
This year, because we had a large arena, we not only talked about harnessing a team, we also showed the crowd how to hitch to a fore cart. Each step my husband explains, what things are, what it is for, how it is used, and the crowd always has questions.
Here is Trixie and Smoke standing quietly before I put them through their paces on the ground, backing nice, figure 8's, what gee and haw are and how they are used, etc:
Close up of my Percheron mares, Smoke and Trixie:
And I glancing over my shoulder as my husband talks and says what someone in the crowd wants to see me do:
Next year we may add an obstacle course or ground driving and pulling a log through an obstacle course, both of which I have done. It is always fun to share what we do and love with others. We have shown people that just because these beautiful animals are large, they are far from "dumb" like many seem to think and that with firmness, patience and work, they will give their teamster their all and such heart!