is a bimonthly
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and logging with draft horses,
mules, and oxen. The February/March 2017 issue was mailed to subscribers on January 18, 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: sugaring with Haflingers, hot fitting a shoe, roundworms in horses, tying a trailered horse, work efficiency, driving three abreast, progressive signs of colic, teaching a foal to lead, welding safety and eye issues in horses.
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View some wonderful photos of draft horses working and at the Julian farm in Wisconsin during his annual field day.
The natural death of Ralph Rice's mighty oak Wywona made quite a project for him and his sons. Read about how they tackeled the work of turning the dead tree into firewood.
Belgians, Percherons, Haflingers, Percheron and Belgian mules and a few Norwegian Fjords pull a variety of sulky and gang plows, discs and harrows at this annual field day on the farm of Tom Renner. See some beautiful photos of the animals at work.
Charlie Tenneson begins the story of his obsession with Turkey Red wheat, sparked by his other obsession, bread baking. His is a wonderful story of this heritage grain, seed saving, experimentation and determination. Part 1 of 2.
Oswego (in the Oregon Territory) in 1865 was an iron town, producing iron from the ore found in the surrounding mountains fueled by charcoal made from trees in those same mountains. Jenifer Morrissey paints a wonderful picture of this time in Oregon's history including much more than the iron business.
Comparing the maturing of Fell Ponies with the maturing of ourselves, Jenifer Morrissey gives us insight on the happiness and contentment that come with "maturity" and experience in handling challenging times in our lives.
An emormous old barn built in the 1920s on his ancestor's farm is lovingly restored by Brian Headley and his wife, with a little outside help. Wonderful photos of the restoration process are included.
A innovative, multi-row tool carrier designed by Workhorse Workshops is made for the kind of bio-intenisve planting done on Walt Bernard's farm. Read about the many features and link to videos of the implement in action.
T.W. Scoggins teaches us how to cook a wonderful old-fashoined cornbread on his wood fired cookstove. The recipe can be modified for a conventional cooktop. YUM!!!
Teamsters, horses and mules came from seven states to compete in this 12th annual contest - held in Kentucky in 2016. The first perfect score in the event's history was awarded to Mike Atkins and his beautiful Belgian mules. LOTS of great pictures.
Stephen Leslie shares the work of a couple of farmers fabricating attachments to horse drawn equipment. Take a look at the equipment and read about these engineer/farmers who are improving on multi-use tools.
Ralph Rice gives advice on planning, building and maintaining the roads in our woodlands. Many elements need to be considered to build a system that works including wetlands, syrup gathering, stream crossings, hills, thinning, and much more.