Introduction to Draft Horse Driving and Logging
February 23 - March 30, 2013 at Wolfe's Neck Farm - Freeport, ME
This class is open to all individuals age 18 and up, with an interest in gaining comprehensive skills in sustainable woodlot management with a draft horse. Participants will learn all aspects of managing a wood lot using draft horses, including working with the horses, and learning about all aspects of their care and management. Participants will explore the difficulties, limitations / advantages, and opportunities involved with draft horse logging, while they refine their equine sense and approach to horses. Care instruction will include, fitting horses for tack and harness determining which tack is best for the animals you will be using, and proper feeds for the horses you'll be working with.
All participants will learn ground driving with the horses, twitching with a single horse and become familiarized with much of the equipment which can be used in the woods with horses. Other topics covered in the four-class program include financial aspect of keeping horses costs of shoeing, feed and other housing needs. Tree ID and chainsaw safety including felling trees will also be covered in this program.
This comprehensive course will be offered for no more than six participants in order to ensure that each person receives high-quality instruction and to get each student started on the road to becoming a teamster of horses. A minimum number participants must register for the course to be held. The course fee is $450, which include all four class days and a private driving lesson which each participant will schedule during the week of February 17th or a Saturday after the course.
If you are interested in learning more about the course, or would like to register, please contact Eric Tadlock, Director of Education 207 865-4469 x106
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