Friday, July 2, 2010
The Old Ways With Horses
Sam greeted us with a bark, a sniff , and then just a pose as we drove into the driveway of the farm our son was shoeing draft horses. The people who own and operate this farm are Mike and Terry. They have many beautiful, healthy, and well-kept Draft horses. Here Mike & Terry are harnessing 2 of their horses, Annabelle and April. They allowed me to photograph them, but make no mistake here, Mike and Terry are not posing here,they do this practically every day. They farm with their horses. All the grass hay used on this farm is grown, cultivated and harvested by Mike and Terry working these and the other horses on this farm. The horses also eat the fruit of their labor. Truly, it is a labor of love for Mike & Terry. Mike leads the team hauling the hay wagon out of the barn and in between our car and the barn. Yikes! Look at how tight it is between our car and the barn! These are big horses, and the hay wagon is fully loaded....we offer to move our car but Mike's wife Terry says Mike would be insulted if we did that. He knows his horses and what he and they can do together, easily! Look at that. Mike does know his horses and himself well. The photograph does not fully show just how tight the squeeze is, but it is also apparent there is no worry or doubt about Mike's ability to guide his beloved horses. Here we go! Come along for the hay ride in the next post. Annabelle and April are hauling the hay , Mike & Terry, my grandson C.T.,and myself.