Draft Horse Basics
Small-scale farming with draft horses is making a comeback on small farms interested in more sustainable forms of agriculture, appropriate technology for small farms, and a host of other reasons. If you are interested in learning more about whether farming with draft animals is right for you, this class will help you make that decision.
Join experienced teamsters, Duane Westrate and Anna Dirkse, as they share draft horse handling, hitching, and driving skills. Participants will be able to hone their skills and increase their confidence starting with simple ground driving of a single horse and progressing to plowing. Draft horse breeds, hoof care, health, and conformation will be covered during the course of the week.
Taste the pleasures of working with gentle giants in Tillers’ farm environment, and start building the skills you’ll need to do it on your own. This class is early in the season to accommodate farmers and living history professionals before the busy summer and fall months.
Tillers has a scholarship available for people interested in learning more about draft animal farming which will pay for 60% of the tuition for draft animal farming classes. For more information, download the application here.