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Draft Horses and Mules: Harnessing Equine Power for Farm & Show

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781603420815
Author(s): Gail Damerow
Format: Paperback
Year: 2008
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Dimensions: 216 x 274 x 18 (w x l x h)
Pages: 261
Series: Storey's Working Animals

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Meet the original horse power Prized for their great endurance, splendid disposition, willingness to work, impressive stature, and versatility, draft horses and mules are making a strong comeback. Today, an estimated 5 to 10 percent of America's 3.5 million horses are draft breeds.
It's no wonder: these powerful animals can accomplish an astounding array of tasks. They pull carriages, assist with heavy logging, serve as a vital educational link to the past, and are increasingly popular for showing and competing. Many small-scale farmers appreciate that these animals offer a clean-energy alternative to modern farm machinery; a team of two draft horses can cultivate several acres of land in a single day, enriching the soil as they work. Unlike mechanical equipment, a good team actually appreciates in value over time.
"Draft Horses and Mules," by Gail Damerow and Alina Rice, distills the great tradition of these impressive animals into a definitive guide. Designed for new or intermediate owners, the book shows readers how to choose an ideal team, feed and house them, maintain their health, ensure effective equine-human communication, select and use equipment properly, and employ the animals in a variety of agricultural, logging, and demonstration tasks.
The book is enhanced with color photos, numerous illustrations, and profiles of real-life individuals who work with draft horses and mu
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