I’ve purchased my mare about six years ago. She had no plow experience. Over the course of our time together, I dabbled in getting her comfortable in wearing a harness and introducing her to pulling weight. She watched as I worked my other draft and had exposure to the sounds and weight of the tack. Between writing books and working the farm in the past year, I’ve become more consistent in our training. I started her by wearing the harness, then dragging the hames. Next we were dragging chains, a small weight, the single tree, and—finally—just today, her first load. I used both a lead line and long reins, choosing my method based on her comfort level.
Angela is the farmer and content creator behind Axe & Root Homestead® LLC. This historic six-acre permaculture farm is home to two Clydesdale horses, ten honeybee hives, five sheep, two guardian dogs, barn cats and a flock of 40 geese and ducks. The farm produces maple syrup, fruit from a small orchard and loads of garden produce for consumption, preservation and donation to the local food pantry.
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