Say Goodbye to Cabin Fever
Leave it to humans to come up with creative and challenging ways to maneuver across the snowy and icy terrain of winter. It could be as simple as strapping on a pair of snowshoes to go out and get the mail, or attempting the likes of alpine skiing, snowboarding, skating or skibobbing, a daredevil downhill sport where one hops on a bicycle-type frame mounted on skis. Other brave souls wax up shovels and take to the slopes, clocking in at 70 mph on a typical run. Talk about an adrenalin rush!... Read more
2014 World Percheron Congress
WE HARNESSED THE EXCITEMENT ALRIGHT!
Another one for the books. How three-and-a-half years-plus of planning, organizing, fund-raising and scrambling can appear in the rearview mirror so quickly is a question without an answer. But here we are once again, another World Percheron Congress (WPC) behind us. Like the last one held in the U.S., it was clearly a great success with positive ramifications reaching around the globe. Read the results in the Winter issue starting on page 140
Letter to the Editor
I would like to take this opportunity: the Draft Horse Journal’s fiftieth year in publication: to acknowledge and bestow gratitude upon, not only the founders of this fine magazine, but the current editor and his team who relentlessly strive to unify our industry through their quality quarterly publication.
The draft horse industry is not a product-driven industry. We do not yield an item that humans willingly wish to consume; like milk, meat, feathers or fur. Except for a rare sliver of history, when naturally-synthesized premarin was of value, the draft horse has contributed little in the last 75 years... Read more
Horse Fishermen of the North Sea
As the sun just begins to break over the horizon, the horse fishermen of the small coastal town of Oostduinkerke, Belgium, begin their day. They have studied the activity of the morning tide and know this is a good day to head into the sea. For Dominique Van Dendriesche, a young man in his twenties, alongside skilled and seasoned fisherman Bernard De Bruyne, this is a job they do out of passion. They will hitch their Brabant horses to a cart full of... Read more
2014 HORSE PROGRESS DAYS
bigger, better, brighter than ever...
By far the most ideal weather ever; no question, the largest crowd (estimated 32,000!); greatest number of implements and equipment demonstrated; most vendors, seminars and clinics; most effective breed demonstration to date.
Find complete coverage starting on page 76 of the Autumn issue!
EVER WONDER WHO IT IS “RECORDING IT ALL”?
If a photo is worth a thousand words, then a well-produced video could easily hold its own with just about any book on the shelf, especially if Video Mike Kerson is behind the camera. The long list of titles speaks volumes (pun intended) about the subjects and locations this man has visited to capture a story and bring it to life. Read about Video Mike in this issue!
History of Draft Horses
The Industrial Revolution proved to be responsible for both the rise and collapse of the heavy horse in America. Demand for draft animals was spurred on by the growing transportation, construction and agricultural needs of the nation. The last half of the 19th century made draft horse breeding both essential and profitable. Massive importations from Europe took place. The period also ushered in the development of the present day breeds of heavy horses. The number of horses and mules in The United States peaked in 1920, at about 26 million. The groundwork for today’s agriculture had been laid.
The horse lost the battle of the streets to the automotive industry rather quickly. As for the battle of the agricultural fields, it fought very tenaciously, but eventually yielded in most cases to greatly improved tractor power. By 1950, it was indeed, on thin ice... Read more
History of The Draft Horse Journal
The post WW II years were not kind to the draft horse and mule. Both horse numbers and horse use plummeted. The number of animals being exhibited dwindled and many shows dropped heavy horses altogether. The industry needed a boost and it got one when the first issue of The Draft Horse Journal was published in May 1964. New interest was stimulated and the heavy horse has since made a convincing resurgence. From the 28 pages in the first issue to over 300 in recent ones, The Journal has grown, evolved and progressed right along with the draft horse trade.
In addition to the magazine’s traditional content, covering breeding, raising, showing, selling and using all breeds of heavy horses, the modern version includes veterinary advice from “America’s Draft Horse Vet,” Dr. A.J. Neumann; historical accounts by the publication’s founder, Maurice Telleen; legal advice from Ken Sandoe;... Read more