Autumn in New England, with draft horses.
August 11, 2013
Whenever someone tries to tell you, that horses are so last century, remember this: the contribution of the horse on the history of Man is what created Civilization as we know it.
July 7, 2013
April 26, 2013
April is almost complete, and May is fast on its heels. We have already reported on Ron Guck's garden - the UConn Plow Match was a pretty big success, too! Diesel and Diamond, along with Michael and our love bug, Lincoln, took home numerous red ribbons from a field of about 13 teams and teamsters (we took second in every class we entered, including the multiple hitch). Boy, that Diamond sure is proving his salt! He is such a willing worker, keeps up with Diesel, pulls his own weight and has plenty of willingness to spare at the end of the day. And he sure is a good looking horse. Diesel actually seems very happy to work along side Diamond. We have been remarking, how much like our Duke Diamond is! Next week, Diamond and Diesel will do their first wedding together- then we will see how he fares in a more urban environment.
Photos: Thank you friend Posey Clements
April 17, 2013
|Terry with Diesel and Diamond (photo courtesy friend Posey Clements)|
|The strong backs of our Percheron work horses, Diesel and Dolly|
Spring is here, and so is plowing season. We have already plowed the ground of a two acre garden in Hampton, including the lower plot which offered up a bumpy ride this year (a lot of rocks came to the surface). Diesel, Diamond and Dolly worked hard, sweated a bit, and got the job done. Terry did all the teamster work this year - I shot photos and video. Just did not have it in me to get bucked off the plow in that rocky field. It has been known to happen to the best of us, you know.
Competition plowing is coming up, as will the preparation of community gardens, and our own little garden, for planting. See you there!
March 25, 2013
|ST. Patrick's Day Parade, Hartford.|
|The Pony Train - Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ray of Light Farm.|
|Waiting patiently for wedding season...|
March came in like a lion and is, at this point, going out like...a lion. Well, we have one more week to go and things can certainly change. This is, after all, New England. But we have had an unusual succession of snow storms, rain, and chilly, breezy days this March.
Plowing will start first week of April for us, IF things dry out a bit. We still have a considerable amount of slush in the shady areas, but those lands where the wind can rush over uninhibited is drying out. Meanwhile, March remains one of those months that we can't wait to see go. The occasional parade, bridal show and Easter egg hunts get us out and about in public. The common discussion always seems to be, "Just can't wait for warmer weather already!"
January 27, 2013
Lately, I have been implementing a new medium for getting our "draft horse way of life" message across to the masses...music videos! Our most recent is "Heavy Horses" by Jethro Tull. Click on this link to watch it to watch it: http://youtu.be/_lL71D5suwk. This video was particularly fun for me to do. I must say, Jethro Tull's magnificent tribute to our beloved work horses was an inspiration for me as a youngster, undoubtably helping to sway my allegiance towards horses in harness.
Another recent video is "Snow" by Loreena McKennitt. As the title would imply, this video is of our horses put to sleighs, as well as dreamy romps in freshly fallen snow. You can see this video here: http://youtu.be/wx4wi6WOdH8 Feel free to leave a comment...we would love to read them.
There are still others. Be sure to follow cedarknollfarm on Youtube! Hope you enjoy these animated visions of our horses!