Friday, June 5, 2009

First day working with horses

This week, one half of the Agriculture Power class began working with Lincoln, Rex, and Pete--all draft horses that provide much of the motive power for the Sterling College farm and forest operations. Much like Driver's Education, the first lessons are centered around in-hand work such as turning on the forehand, turning on the hindquarter, movement commands such as gee and haw, back, and step up. Basic pre-work grooming and hoofcare along with harnessing complete the introductory component of the course. The next step involves ground driving the single horse through obstacles and taking a nice walk around the common. Once students become comfortable with these procedures, they will move on to more complex movements with the single horse followed by real work applications such as skidding logs and cultivation.

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