It likely started with a dirty look. Then, maybe a gesture, possibly obscene. Finally, one farmer told the other that his team was nothing compared to his own. Off came the gloves and, of course, this led to a bet and the competition to end all doubts. What and how much they pulled is anyone's guess. Where and when it took place is "sketchy," but most accounts place it here in the good, ol' U.S.A. Regardless of the lack of historical records, the sport of horse pulling is bigger today than it has ever been. There are more pulls in…
But first a jump or two ahead because life doesn't happen to you in a neat 1-2-3 sequence. It was early Autumn of 1953 and I was doing some fall plowing for my oldest brother Marv, who at that time was farming the old Telleen Homestead. In other words, I was just waiting around for my fourth and final year in college to commence. A neighbor boy (since deceased) stopped by to see what this old buddy was up to. He inquired as to what my plans (if any) for the evening were and I responded "Nothing ... what do…
So how was December 1959 different from December 1934? In just about every way imaginable, is how. In that 25 year interval, our country had gone from the depths of depression and drought to and through the most destructive quarter century this grand old republic, and almost the entire world, had ever experienced. My high school graduating class was the first post-war class from our hometown. There were only 18 of us in the entire class and within a few weeks, every male member of that class had enlisted in either the Army or Navy. Part of it was that…
(From general news sources of the day and issues of The Draft Horse Journal.) I confess, the best single issue of this magazine that Jeannine and I ever cobbled together, was Autumn 1984. Our lead article was about Harry Heck, then from Abingdon, Illinois. Harry was to hitching drafters what Knute Rockne was to football, or Franklin Roosevelt was to running for president. In other words ... the best. At that time, Harry was 68 years of age and draft horses had been a big part of his life all the way ... as in, from childhood. The last time…
“For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts … deceit, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.” —Mark 7:21-23 (New International Version of The Holy Bible) 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. The horse world is small and rumors spread throughout like…
The economic recession has started to take its toll in the draft horse industry. This is manifest in several ways. Let us look at one. Three well-known draft horse events have folded. American horsemen were told the 2009 State Fair would be the last held in Michigan; the 2009 Olds Fair, livestock breeders in Alberta were told, would be the last held; while the show Clydesdale breeders in Ontario have supported at London, was cancelled. These events showcased Belgians, Clydesdales and Percherons for draft horse breeders in America's Midwest, in Western Canada and in Eastern Canada. They have been a…
  We, as horse owners and veterinarians, often become quite complacent regarding certain diseases found elsewhere in the world–Diseases that if here, would wreak havoc in our human and horse populations. We know such disease entities exist, but often we know very little about them and rely strictly on the Department of Agriculture and its officials to keep them out of our country by enforcing various laws and regulations dealing with the importation of livestock and merchandise. Occasionally, a disease will make it through the defense system and will have to be reckoned with. A prime example would be West…
The Hindu dairymen, represented by the Hare Krishna (HK) in the United States, have much in common with dairymen from California, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The HK dairy is in West Virginia and is called New Vrinaban. They refer to themselves as a cow sanctuary. The big distinction is they never cull a cow. Granted, this sounds familiar to many a ranch wife who has often heard her husband shout over the noise of the preg' checkin’ chute, “I know she’s open and got no teeth, but let’s run her one more year!” When you hear that the HK cowmen sometimes…

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