Mom, 3 Belgian draft horses, and one special helper help plow a field in this neat footage

In this day of modern technology, it's not often that you see draft horses plowing the fields of farms. It's even less often that you see a mother and daughter working with those horses. But this video is absolutely beautiful and is a powerful testament to just how useful the draft horse continues to be on modern farms.
This video also demonstrates how docile yet hardworking draft horses are. You can tell that the horses know their jobs and they focus on it. They're calm and incredibly powerful, yet are happy to do the work that is asked of them.
Advertisement
Modern Farmer identifies a number of reasons why draft horses are so useful on farms. Horses are cheaper than tractors and other major farm equipment, and rather than consuming gasoline, they need only hay, which can be grown on many farms throughout the year. Even better, horses produce manure. Farmers can then apply this manure to fields to fertilize them, resulting in improved crops. Tractors and machinery, on the other hand, produce only exhaust and chemicals which aren't good for the environment.
Additionally, working with horses allows farmers to develop a relationship with these animals. Hitching up a draft team every morning is far more personalized than hopping on a tractor is. It's also a callback to how people farmed before tractors, and other machinery was available. A sort of returning to an earlier, more elegant time, perhaps?
But there's one major factor that working with horses requires - patience. Horses need attention and training. They need care multiple times a day. You can't just turn off the ignition and leave them when you're ready to break for lunch. But in return for your patience, horses can provide you with companionship, power, and a great farming experience. Is it any wonder that some farmers continue to use horses?
Advertisement
Share on Facebook

When you own a horse, you'll quickly find that many people will ask you if they can take a ride.
December 16   ·  
Advertisement
A nearly extinct tradition was brought back to one region of Mexico thanks to Leonardo Montiel.
December 15   ·  
This horse decides he's done with this course, and nothing - not even the arena fence - can keep him there.
December 15   ·  
 
Recommended
Advertisement