Draft Horses and Mules: Harnessing Equine Power for Farm & Show

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Storey Publishing, Jan 1, 2008 - 261 páginas
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Meet the original horse power! Prized for their great endurance, splendid disposition, willingness to work, impressive stature, and versatility, draft horses and mules are making a strong comeback. Today, an estimated 5 to 10 percent of America's 3.5 million horses are draft breeds.

It's no wonder: these powerful animals can accomplish an astounding array of tasks. They pull carriages, assist with heavy logging, serve as a vital educational link to the past, and are increasingly popular for showing and competing. Many small-scale farmers appreciate that these animals offer a clean-energy alternative to modern farm machinery; a team of two draft horses can cultivate several acres of land in a single day, enriching the soil as they work. Unlike mechanical equipment, a good team actually appreciates in value over time.

Draft Horses and Mules, by Gail Damerow and Alina Rice, distills the great tradition of these impressive animals into a definitive guide. Designed for new or intermediate owners, the book shows readers how to choose an ideal team, feed and house them, maintain their health, ensure effective equineÐhuman communication, select and use equipment properly, and employ the animals in a variety of agricultural, logging, and demonstration tasks.

The book is enhanced with color photos, numerous illustrations, and profiles of real-life individuals who work with draft horses and mules. The fresh design makes the information leap off the page and ensures that the book is as fun to read as it is informative.
 

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1 WHY OWN A DRAFT HORSE OR MULE?
1
2 LEARNING THE BASICS
19
3 FINDING THE IDEAL EQUINE
29
SELECTING A BREED
63
SOMETHING SPECIAL
78
6 EQUINE COMMUNICATION
88
7 HOUSING YOUR HORSE OR MULE
107
8 FEEDING YOUR HORSE OR MULE
127
9 ROUTINE HEALTH CARE
151
10 FIRST AID AND ILLNESS
172
11 HARNESSING AND DRIVING
187
12 WORKING WITH DRAFT POWER
218
Glossary
243
Resources
249
Index
252
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Gail Damerow and her husband operate a family farm in Tennessee where they keep poultry and dairy goats, tend a sizable garden, and maintain a small orchard. They grow and preserve much of their own food, make their own yogurt and ice cream from fresh goat milk, and bake their own bread. Gail has written extensively on raising chickens and other livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural skills. She shares her experience and knowledge as a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry magazine and as the author or contributor to more than a dozen country skills how-to books.

Alina Rice observed, worked, and trained draft horses while growing up on a small southern farm where her family made hay and cultivated the land with two Belgian teams.

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