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So as not to hijack another thread, I will answer a question about hitching three horses. Klaus asked about my photo on the Rural Heritage desk top calendar. The horses and I are on February.
I choose to work a three horse hitch quite often, because i have three horses. This keeps them all at about the same level of fitness. I rarely need three horses for the work that I am doing, but if I need to rest a horse or one has an off day, I can use any of the three in any position. I also don't have to listen to the "horse in the barn" whinnying while we work. In the spring when the snow melts and we are still gathering maple sap, a three horse hitch makes the job easy as we slog through mud or pull over sticky semi-dry ground.
I must confess that my old plan will now be altered because I bought a fourth horse, giving me two teams. I have recently started training my new filly. I am using the three horse hitch. The youngster is in between my two geldings. They are the gas pedal and the brakes. She gets driven constantly because of the way I hook my lines. She must go and stop when the geldings do. She will learn to work anywhere but, for maple season, she will work where she stays out of trouble and can be easily controlled while staying safe for all involved.

Klaus Karbaumer says 2017-02-13 11:31:33 (CST)

I thought so, Ralph. Fun and practicality! And avoiding to have to listen to the left behind horse whinnying its heart out. Congratulation on your fourth horse. Two teams are nice to have if you can provide them with the necessary work.
On Saturday I disked again for a couple of hours and it was a lot of fun to see those horses perform like they never had had a winter break. In winter except for occasionally pulling a big round bale into the pasture there is little to do, we have no snow for sleigh rides and most of the small work around the farm I do with our Haflinger who by the way is much more easily harnessed than the big Percherons. I hope to plow by next week. It looks that winter is basically over around here.

7 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

BrianL says 2017-02-16 18:23:20 (CST)

Ah yes, the "one left behind" syndrome. We have a 32 year old Appaloosa that the former owner was going to euthanize, so we took him in. (He's sound, just old.) He goes bonkers when I take my team of mules out. Looking to add a third mule which means Appaloosa might have a friend if I work a tandem or goes 50% more bonkers if I'd work a triple. Of course, after he's gone that means one mule might get left behind, which means I'll need a fourth. My, how these things multiple!

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Ralph in N.E.Oh says 2017-02-18 21:05:19 (CST)

BrianL, you are so very right. I do think once I retire from my off farm job, having a second team will be a good thing. I will have plenty of horsepower for big jobs. I will also have a team to work one day and a different team the next or perhaps split the day at lunchtime.
I am glad that I grow all of their feed, I will say that :)

2 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

K.C. Fox says 2017-02-19 22:44:14 (CST)

I have never hitched 3 but I do hitch 4 one broke team the other something less. I put the broke team on the pole use jockey sticks to keep the unruly horses off the top of my broke horses. Before the drive is over the new team is pulling and the broke team is just going along for the drive and brakes. It will surprise you how quick the broke team just keeps the tugs a little slack and let the new team do all the pulling at least until they get tired. In not to many days you have a new team that is almost fully broke. But that is just my opinion. I do it my way you do it your way neither one is wrong just different. Good luck to you and yours.

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