Not long ago, every family farm had a team or two of heavy horses to do the hard labour. Plowing the field, working the land, cutting the hay, hauling everything from logs cut for firewood – to the family to church on Sunday. Heavy horses were the backbone of the farm.
We enjoy emphasising a time when the heavy horse was integral to the success and survival of the family. And to achieve success, the need for quality heavy horses was mandatory. Horses who were put together correctly, and could do the job. Horses who would stand the test of time. In the halter, or line classes, you will see the judge inspect each horse very carefully and assess their confirmation.
No team of heavy horses could every be successful if they couldn’t work together. Teams of horses need to be of a similar size and stature to get the job done. They need to move together, and respond to the driver, or teamster’s cues and direction. In the hitch classes, you will witness teams of heavy horses in harness move out together and pull the wagon around the ring. They will vary speed and direction based on what the teamster is asking them to do. The judge will be watching for a matched team who can move and pull together in unison, all the while responding to the subtle cues of the teamster.
It gets even more exciting to watch in the multiple hitch classes! The Unicorn, Four Horse and Six Horse Hitch classes are definitely something you don’t want to miss!
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