our program Basics

Each individual receives a customized program that is tailored to their goals, previous experiences and skills.  We like to ensure that everyone has a good foundation to build on.  For the beginner this will include:

  • What is a horse (or mule)?
  • Why do they work for people?
  • Basic animal care and handling
  • Harnessing
  • Hitching
  • Driving to work
  • A little about how a work animal is trained

Safety is paramount in all of our training sessions, demonstrations, and practice.  Safety in a draft animal powered system not just following safety rules and procedures, but also requires a strong understanding of the animal human relationship. 

 You will be harnessing horses and mules on an almost daily basis, and working with an experienced teamster to complete whatever farm tasks are in season.  These might include logging for firewood, plowing, discing, harrowing, planting, cultivating,  mowing, clipping, tedding, raking, baling hay, or harvesting crops.  In most every season there are barns to clean or manure or compost to spread.  We do that with horses and mules too!

Everyone will learn to work with single horses and teams. In eight day programs there is a good chance to learn to work with teams of three or more horses.  Everyone will learn to safely hook a team to wheeled implements and vehicles, as well as backing and maneuvering them. 

On your off days there are other interesting horse powered farms in our area to check out and also many other sights in the greater region as well.