Val Barnica, Ken Spann & The Y Bar Suffolks
I was paging through a regional tourist magazine while on a trip out west last year. There were the usual glossy pages depicting happy hikers on trails through gorgeous scenery and thrilled rafters being bounced through frothing rapids. Then I turned a page and was looking at a picture of horses that could have come from my own pasture–beautiful red Suffolk Punch horses. I had to know whose they were. Read more
How to Measure Up (Determining The Height of a Horse – It's Easy!)
The ability to measure accurately is neither difficult nor complicated, however, as with most skills, consistency is key. A couple of pointers can help keep you on track. First off, make sure you understand the units and the lingo. Read the article in the Summer 2016 Draft Horse Journal!
Listen to Horses in the Morning on August 4, 2016
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The Dakota Thunder Comes Up Roses
Wishes can come true, especially when surrounded by family and friends cheering you on and sharing the journey together. Just ask Houston Haugo, owner of the Dakota Thunder Shires six-horse hitch from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He will tell you to hold onto your dreams and do everything possible to see things through. Perhaps he has the same determination that motivates Jiminy Cricket, the fictional character from the children’s book, The Adventures of Pinocchio, with a favorite quote: "If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.”
“It began in 1991 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver when I first saw a magnificent hitch of Shires owned by Argonaut Farms,” Houston explains. “Watching them in the arena literally took my breath away. I knew immediately that someday I would have my own horses that would dazzle and inspire a crowd. Read more
2015 All-North American Shire Contest
The All-North American contest is an annual competition which provides an historical photo record of the top halter animals shown across the Canada and the U.S. The competition itself is not a show. It is tabulated mathematically, and therefore, may best be described as “the average opinion of the majority of contemporary judges in the U.S. and Canada.” Results start on page 40 of the Spring Draft Horse Journal!
Letter to the Editor
I would like to take this opportunity: the Draft Horse Journal’s fiftieth year in publication: to acknowledge and bestow gratitude upon, not only the founders of this fine magazine, but the current editor and his team who relentlessly strive to unify our industry through their quality quarterly publication.
The draft horse industry is not a product-driven industry. We do not yield an item that humans willingly wish to consume; like milk, meat, feathers or fur. Except for a rare sliver of history, when naturally-synthesized premarin was of value, the draft horse has contributed little in the last 75 years... Read more
History of Draft Horses
The Industrial Revolution proved to be responsible for both the rise and collapse of the heavy horse in America. Demand for draft animals was spurred on by the growing transportation, construction and agricultural needs of the nation. The last half of the 19th century made draft horse breeding both essential and profitable. Massive importations from Europe took place. The period also ushered in the development of the present day breeds of heavy horses. The number of horses and mules in The United States peaked in 1920, at about 26 million. The groundwork for today’s agriculture had been laid.
The horse lost the battle of the streets to the automotive industry rather quickly. As for the battle of the agricultural fields, it fought very tenaciously, but eventually yielded in most cases to greatly improved tractor power. By 1950, it was indeed, on thin ice... Read more
History of The Draft Horse Journal
The post WW II years were not kind to the draft horse and mule. Both horse numbers and horse use plummeted. The number of animals being exhibited dwindled and many shows dropped heavy horses altogether. The industry needed a boost and it got one when the first issue of The Draft Horse Journal was published in May 1964. New interest was stimulated and the heavy horse has since made a convincing resurgence. From the 28 pages in the first issue to over 300 in recent ones, The Journal has grown, evolved and progressed right along with the draft horse trade.
In addition to the magazine’s traditional content, covering breeding, raising, showing, selling and using all breeds of heavy horses, the modern version includes veterinary advice from “America’s Draft Horse Vet,” Dr. A.J. Neumann; historical accounts by the publication’s founder, Maurice Telleen; legal advice from Ken Sandoe;... Read more