The Hitch Itch - Modernizing the Belgian Breed

by Edward Y. Morwick

“A good start makes a bad finish,” the old saying goes. It’s an opinion that the life experiences of many people have proven false.

I mean, could you have sold the idea to Sam Walton? Not likely. The founder of Walmart was successful from the get-go, from the day he started a small dry goods store at Bentonville, Arkansas.
Could the opposite be true? Does a shaky start sometimes result in a satisfactory conclusion?
For the Belgian draft horse of the 1920s and 1930s, when it came to the four, six and eight-horse hitch-ups, the outlook was far from brilliant.

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