Winter 2013-2014
From the smallest details of proper harness fitting to the overall management of a complex forest system, horse logger Carl Russell puts careful thought into everything he does. “For me, putting a lot of thought and purpose into my work and into my life is a personal objective,” he says. That mindfulness reaches its full expression at Earthwise Farm & Forest, his draft-powered organic farm and timber stand near Bethel, Vermont. Russell and his wife, Lisa McCrory, manage the farm with the goal of keeping it ecologically healthy and self-sustaining. The forest, which covers 75% of the 150-acre property, helps…
Above photo: An aerial view of the show ring featuring 25 six-horse hitches (150 horses)! Since 1863 on the fourth Saturday of September, the residents of the townships of Huntley, Torbolton, Fitzroy and March have congregated in this little rural village on the western outskirts of Ottawa, Ontario, to showcase all things agriculture. The Carp Agricultural Society hosts the Carp Fair which is known throughout the Ottawa Valley as “The Best Little Fair in Canada.” Archives refer to the formation of an agricultural society as early as 1855. The original 20 members of the agricultural society remained in place through…
Above photo: Silver Lining on wedding duty with Catherin driving. Like the magical horses prancing through the pages of childhood fairy tales, a mighty white Percheron is captivating the hearts of people from near and far along an avenue in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Conversation stops at sidewalk cafes as the clip-clop of hooves turns the corner, followed by smiles and surprise when glancing up to discover a beautiful horse and carriage passing by. Who can resist snapping a photo and waving hello? Horses have a way of bringing out the kid in us, whether we’re nine or 90. Imagine…
Sustainable" is a word that is used in almost every possible way. It is contorted, misused and even abused. We find it everywhere, from Sustainable Agriculture to Sustainable Development to Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Civilizations to Sustainable Bio-Energy Systems to Sustainable Life to Sustainable Tourism and the list goes on. In many ways the meaning of the word "sustainable" appears to have taken on life itself and is self-replicating and evolving into similar yet diverse interpretations. Our present concerns with sustainability are not new. Throughout the ages, from the times of earliest recorded history, there is evidence that men and women…
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. In recent years I have seen an increase in accidents involving horses and cattle that escape pastures, pens or other enclosures and wander onto a highway causing serious accidents. All who own horses have experienced the sickening feeling of knowing your livestock is "on the loose." If a horse…
Little captures the public eye like Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron or Shire horses properly turned out performing in harness. Sadly, few fairs, exhibitions and horse shows across North America employ key individuals possessing a draft horse background. All too many have never witnessed what a public draw draft horses can be when shown in a proper facility. However, the popularity of the equine giants will continue to grow as the years pass, for the paying public has ever less occasion to see them. Given the right showcase, quality Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and Shire turnouts offer excitement. Given due publicity and a…

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