Spring 2013
If you ask most draft horse breeders, they’ll likely have had a few favourites over the years. It might be a horse that showed well for them, a horse that they bred that went on to become a great lead horse in a six-horse hitch or maybe a favourite broodmare. For those breeders that have managed to have success multiple times, this kind of question can be a real head-scratcher. However, if you were to ask Brenda Bradshaw if she’s had a favourite over the years, her answer would likely come pretty quickly and I would venture a guess that…
Nothing makes a more dramatic impression than feathers flying in a ground-swallowing extended trot across the diagonal. Shires are making inroads into the Warmblood-dominated sport of dressage, proving that drafts are fully capable of performing through the international Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) levels.Dressage: Beautiful Basics To many, dressage has a reputation for being fancy and complicated, yet dressage is, in essence, simple training that teaches the horse to use its body correctly. In fact, the French word dressage actually translates as "training." Any breed can benefit from fundamental dressage concepts and techniques; good dressage schooling embraces a holistic approach which…
Dave and Nancy Lively operate a livery service with a mission: to help preserve the only breed of draft horse to originate in the United States. Their mission began in 1998, when the couple ended a 20-year run as dairy farmers and immediately began to look for another type of livestock to raise on their Bennington, Vermont, farm. Their neighbor raised Percherons and suggested that the couple try draft horses. He loaned them a book called Horse Power, which had a chapter titled “American Cream Draft Horses: The Breed That Didn’t Make It.” The title referred to the fact that…
This summer we saw a problem in our neck of the woods. It was a big problem–a silver-backed grizzly bear problem. In two weeks he was confirmed as killing eight yearling heifers and suspected in the deaths of five more. Many of you have been through this country and traveled down the roads; millions do each summer. Halfway between Grand Teton National Park and the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, on the west side of the road, begins a narrow, sometimes impassable, dirt road that heads into the forest between the two parks. The road is designated, simply as…
Disclaimer–This article is intended as general discussion and information on the topic covered, and is not to be construed as rendering legal advice. If legal advice is needed, you should contact an attorney. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of the author. Donald Deardorff is a well-known horseman with over 40 years of experience in training, boarding, hauling and showing horses. Deardorff and his family own a stable and provide services including boarding, transportation and care during horse shows. Deardorff has clients who board their horses with him so that they…
How pleasing it is to read The Draft Horse Journal and see the names of new Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron, Shire and Suffolk breeders appearing. This is particularly true in any livestock breed. There is bound to be a story behind the foundation of a new breeding stable. More often than not, it includes the story of some genuine breeder offering a helping hand–not only by offering sound advice, but by putting his words into action. Today, as always, new breeders–of Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons, Shires and Suffolks–are needed. New breeders must be welcomed. However, if new breeders remain active in breed…

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