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I was talking to my NYC born and raised dad on the phone the other night about how I was clearing the wooded lot by the barn mostly by hand because of the rock breaks. "You ought to get a horse again," he suggested. Hmmm. I'm not big on the idea of a team again for various reasons. Can I get away with a single? I don't have a lot of work - mostly pulling tree stumps under 12'' in diameter, moving the odd round bale, and plowing up modest garden areas (1/4 acre), maybe some mowing. I don't want to rule out oxen or mules, but they're rare around here so it would most likely be a horse.

Klaus Karbaumer says 2017-07-11 10:37:51 (CST)

I don't know how much experience you have working with draft animals. For economic reasons and also for a novice it certainly would make sense to work with an older, very well trained single horse/mule/ox . The load can always be adjusted to the capabilities of the animal, logs for example, can be cut to a manageable size. When working with two animals you have more to watch for.

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