is a bimonthly
journal in support of farming
and logging with draft horses,
mules, and oxen. The April/May 2017 issue was mailed to subscribers on March 17, 2017. Below is this issue’s annotated Table of Contents, with a link to a full feature article to showcase the good reading delivered to your door every other month when you
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A look back at tried and true advice from over 30 years of Rural Heritage featuring: horse farming vs. tractor farming, variability of draft, draft foal growth, controlling external parasites, horse trailer size, mare fertility periods, halter breaking a foal, internal parasites in animals, and contracted tendons in a foal.
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This annual show features primarily steam engines: steam engine tractors,
industrial steam engines, and small hit-and-miss steam engines. See some wonderful phtos of the draft horses at work too.
Tips for Getting Idle Draft Horses Back into Action
Stephen Leslie hands down some valuable tips on horse health care, spring training your draft horse, inspecting harness, and maintaining your equipment.
This is a DIY article on how to make your own three-pad collar (originating from a design used in Switzerland during WWII). Instructions to make the wooden hames, pads, hardware, and finally, the harness. All custom fit to your animal and made at home.
Charlie Tenneson continues his quest for the perfect Turkey Red Wheat. In this article he recounts his test plots using historic seeds and modern strains, gives some history on the historic seeds, and shares his taste testing (unfortunately, without the taste) with us. He also shares his plan – to produce for market, flour from this wonderful heritage grain.
Learn about Master Harness Maker, Terry Davis from the UK. Although a well known craftsman, he prides himself on his work teaching about humane harnessing systems for donkeys in developing countries. He explains the challenges and successes along with information about his report on how to make changes for the betterment of the animals and owners.
Jenifer Morrissey’s great-great-grandfather’s diary entries are used for a wonderful account of his orchard purchase, agricultural adventures and daily life in early 1900’s Oregon. Some wonderful pictures and diary entries are included in this historical snapshot.
Veterinarian Roxanne Rygiewicz explains the science and application of a device to promote healing (and more) for you and your animals. Exciting prospects for our animals’ health following injury, surgery or illness by increasing blood flow and therefore, increasing the oxygen to healing tissues.
Philip Henderson gives us a little history of the American Milking Devon in the United States as well as the history of oxen at Centennial Farm in California. Then we meet three-year-olds Hoss and Howie and learn about their breeders in Colorado. They are sure to be the subject of more stories to come.
The Nordell’s explain how mulching with cover crops of rye and oats improves their allium crops. Some excellent pictures of the process in their fields accompany this story.
Safety is of utmost importance, especially when driving amidst the public. Dave Feltenberger lays out a plan on how to make sure your harness, hames, lines, tongues, yokes, chains and all of your harness hardware are secured. Some great advice here!
See some stunning photographs from a logging adventure with Gerald Schmidt and his Belgians. The story is also an episode on our show to be aired on Rural Heritage on RFD-TV May 9 and 13. The DVD is avaliable for purchase.