Rural Heritage Reading Room

Above: Rural Heritage June – July 2024 Cover: Joel Baldwin of Ashtabula, Ohio, plows with three Percherons and three Belgians put to a two-bottom gang plow.
Vol 49, No 3
June – July 24

Rural Heritage is a bimonthly
journal in support of farming
and logging with draft horses,
mules, and oxen. The June/July 24 issue was mailed to subscribers on May 25, 2024. 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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Table of Contents
Publishers Post
Joe vists Arthur Reist of Lancaster, Penn. to see his extensive collection of antiques from European pioneers. His many stories had Joe riveted.
J C Allen Archives
Vintage photos of rural life by renouned photographer JC Allen including photos ofloading alfalfa, raking hay, farm garden and weighin hogs, a Ford engine provides belt power, cross hauling logs.
Selections from our extensive catalog of books and videos
on draft animal farming, logging, self-sufficient living
and much more.
Associations and Breeders Directory

(contacts for breed registries and regional draft clubs)

(frequently updated online)

(please tell ‘em you saw it in Rural Heritage)

foal training
Training a foal tied to its monther. photo Donn Hewes
Pros and Cons of Driving with a Foal
There are advantages and disadvantages of bringing foals alongside their working mares. Donn Hewes takes us through the process month-by-month, from age 1 month to 6 months.
training oxen
After a short lesson, Arthur, a young visitor for the day, learned to drive a pair of young Devons as well as Zeus,pictured above. Photo Rob Collins
A Gathering of Gatherings − − − click on title to read this story in full.
Members of the Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums visited the Midwest Ox Drovers Association 2023 Gathering, which took place at Tillers International in Scotts, Mich. The event included hands on learning with oxen.
shoeing horses
End of Round One, front hoof, Live Shoeing Light Horse of the Ontario Farrier's Convention horseshoeing competition.
What’s the Best Horse
Taylor Johnson takes us through the process of evaluating what kind/breed of horse is best for you and your operation.

Competing Farriers

Valerie Kirkwood covers all the action from the Ontario Farrier’s Convention horseshoeing competition that took place last September in Eastern Ontario.

Donkey Training Equipment and Commands
Bob Erickson goes over essential equipment for training like rope, halter bridle, a hitching rail and tethering stake. He covers getting a donkey to “go,” training on the lead rope and handling feet and ears.
donkey training
Draw Hewes draws reins in place using his training forecart and box shafts.
The Time is Right, Right Now
Ralph talks about the changes in rural, farming communities over the last century and how more and more people are interested in learning the ways of the past.

vintage seed cleaner
An old but still functional seed cleaner that is often thought to resemble a stagecoach!
Soil Health Road Trip
Jenifer Morrissey talks about the components of healthy soil, concentrating on Nicole Masters’ book, “For the Love of Soil.” Masters proposed that the five key elements for healthy soil are sun, air, water, microbes and mineral availability.

Farm Restoration
Valerie Kirkwood chronicles the restoration of Glen Elbe Farm in Eastern Ontario. Valerie got a tour of the house, stable, gardens, arboretum and more.

Tales from Carter County: The Game Warden
When caught red-handed by a game warden, Jerry Hicks invents a tall tale to beat the rap.

Carl and Esther Tange
Philip Henderson shares memories of an old Danish farming couple he met as a younger man. The Tanges grew wheat in Montana during the Great Depression.
horse powered farming
Carl Tange pitches grain bundles while his son, John, stands beside the oxen.
Photo courtesy of Helen Tange
Homeplace Plow Day
Pictures from the 2024 Spring Plow Day at Homeplace on Green River in Campbellsville, Kent.

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