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Since we downsized our big Belgian team to a trio of Spotted Drafts, I have been eager to work all 3 together. Turns out, Pioneer came out with a new adapter for the equipment that allows you to convert the forecart or wagon to an offset tongue for driving 3 abreast. We hooked it up for the first time today, and went at it. It was a first time for all, including me! We plugged the 2 year old gelding in between the more experienced 5 year old mares, so I had 2 lines on him. It took them a lap or two to get the idea behind the new feel of lines, but they got it. We did a lot of practice stopping, from both walk and trot. Once they seemed to be doing well and working as a team instead of 3 singles, we went to work on some farm chores. We moved our big chicken coop (about 1000 lbs), introduced some noisy stuff, and finally did some driveway grading. It was a light work day, but a good start that ended on a good note. The horses did much better than I expected, and I am just thrilled to have a way to keep all in condition. Here's a couple of videos for fun.

Klaus Karbaumer says 2017-07-08 08:22:41 (CST)

Congratulations, Danielle. We have been watching here on the Front Porch the tremendous progress you have been making from a literal novice in the draft horse world to a skilled teamster, now driving three abreast ! Good luck with these fine looking horses.
Did you find a good place for your big Belgians ?

20 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Redgate says 2017-07-09 08:59:42 (CST)

I did, thanks, and didn't even have to advertise. A girl who previously worked with Dris, and actually knew the horses, contacted me about looking for a team. I told her about Our boys, and she jumped at the chance. I never had to advertise, and I couldn't have asked for a better home!

19 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Dave T says 2017-07-09 22:04:24 (CST)

I'm sure happy to see that you have the colt going so well. Good for both of you. Steady, light work will do him a lot of good at this stage.

18 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Ralph in N.E.Oh says 2017-07-09 22:06:20 (CST)

Yes sir, you're doing great. Keep hitching them and enjoy your horse and family time.

18 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Charlie says 2017-07-10 07:50:50 (CST)

Looks great! Thanks for posting the videos,

18 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Redgate says 2017-07-10 08:59:57 (CST)

Dave, the colt's doing great. We finally got him over that nasty cold he had. He developed an allergy to the antibiotics the vet was using, so we had to let it run its course. Took nearly 2.5 months to completely clear up! Seemed like the poor guy was quarantined forever. I introduced him to the saddle this month, and have done a couple of very light walk/trot rides, in addition to the hitching. I try to work each horse at least once or twice each week, whether by riding or driving. Here's a clip of his first ride last week, just for you!

18 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Dave T says 2017-07-10 11:42:51 (CST)

You two certainly have him looking good and obviously learning. He's on his way to making a good horse. His dam is one of the smoothest riding horses I've ever had. I hope he is, too. Phone is a handy thing to have for the first ride. Take video as long as things go well. Call for help if it turns sour. You're doing great.

18 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Scott S says 2017-07-24 00:11:37 (CST)

I like the three abreast hitch I use it a lot. It looks like you are doing well with them. They are a pretty team. One suggestion. When driving three abreast put your most experienced in the middle and the less experienced on the sides. If your middle animal decides to spook or bolt you will have very little control on your outside animals because of the way your check lines work. Your middle animal is your control. In bigger hitches your middle team is your control, usually your best broke and most experienced. In a bigger hitch you can put a colt between two well broke animals but you will still have lines to your broke animals. Once your animals are well broke you will want your faster animal in the middle to spread them out. Good luck.

4 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Redgate says 2017-07-26 16:59:39 (CST)

This is a conundrum. We did a lot of research prior to hitching the three together, and it seems every book, and every person has their own recommendation. I could certainly feel the lesser control of the outside horses with our setup. We went with what seemed to be the majority rule on it..."put the least experienced in the middle, so you have two lines on him." We did buy a jockey stick as a backup plan, and it was pretty unanimous that the jockey stick went on the least experienced, on the outside of the hitch. However, we have been strongly cautioned about using that set up in general, from a safety aspect, by Englischers. The Amish teamsters we talked to, however, pretty unanimously swore it was the way to go. Doc Hamilton recommends the custom lines with two lines on each horse, while every Amish teamster we spoke with cautioned against. Very confusing, indeed! We are always most concerned with safety, so, I am wide open to other thoughts on the issue. With time and experience, we will move the team around, not just to keep them versatile, but to really ensure I have a good feel of how it all works best. Thankfully, everything has gone well so far!

1 day ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Dan in Illinois says 2017-07-27 08:11:11 (CST)

Most Amish I know prefer jockey sticks. Red gate, are your check lines hooked to inside horse bit or to hames? Just curious getting ready to hook pair of draft mules maybe one at a time with my draft horses. Hope everyone is getting enough rain.

1 day ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Klaus Karbaumer says 2017-07-27 14:50:20 (CST)

I'd prefer to have two lines to each of the horses, they all need to know where to go. Also, a three abreast usually consists of two experienced horses with an add-on, so it would be natural to have the add-on on the right side.

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