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Training Workhorses/Training Teamsters Book

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The most thorough book on the subject from work horse and small farm expert, Lynn Miller. Care, harnessing, training, communicating, correcting problems, handling, driving, more. 100s of photos and drawings. 8 1/2" x 11", 348 pp.
Chapter One - Why Work Horses
Chapter Two - Understanding Horses
   Adaptability and Intelligence
   The Sense of the Horse
   Thought and the Sixth Sense
   Rosie and the Dueling Motorcycle
   Bud and Dick to the Rescue
   Bobbie in the Furrow
Chapter Three - Caring For Horses
   Parasite Control
   Reproductive Concerns
   Miscellaneous Ailments
Chapter Four - How Horses Work / Dynamics"    Harness Bits " Harnessing
   Dynamics of Pulling
   Bits and Biting
Chapter Five - What Can Be Expected
   What's a Good Broke Horse
   What to Expect of a Well-Trained Horse
   How Long Will it Take to Train a Workhorse?
   What Are the Risks with Training Workhorses?
   Can You Do It?
Chapter Six - Differing Systems of Training
   Mutual Acceptance
   Foundation Training versus "Work" as the Trainer
Chapter Seven - Notes on Starting Colts and Young Horses
Chapter Eight - Imprinting and Training New Born Foals (Day Old to Four Months)
Chapter Nine - Training Weanlings to Yearlings
   Acceptance Training
   Roping Out / Hosing Out
   First Harnessing / Driving
   Feeling the Pull
   First Time Hitching
Chapter Ten - Training Two and Three Year Olds
   Acceptance Training
   Roping Out / Harnessing /    Driving
   Feeling the Pull
   First Time Hitching
Chapter Eleven - Starting and Training Older Horses (4 years old and on)
Chapter Twelve - Follow Through to Finish A Working Routine
Chapter Thirteen - Correcting Problems
   Runaway Horses
   Balking Horses
   Will Not Pull
   Pulling Back
   Will Not Lead
   Mean to Teammate
   Hard to Harness
   Hard to Catch and Halter
   Will Not Stand Quietly
   Hard to Hitch
   Working Nursing Mares
Chapter Fourteen - Important Training System
   Old Ways
   Running W's and Foot Ropes
   Breaking Rig
   Bob Oaster's System
   Aden Freeman's System
   Ray Drongeson's System

Afterword - Summing It Up

Chapter One - Nature of the Craft
Chapter Two - How to Begin to Learn
Chapter Three - Driving Dynamics
Chapter Four - First Time Driving
Chapter Five - Secondary Driving
Chapter Six - Work" Repetition and Arrival

INDEX to entire text

Excerpt from Introduction pp. 13 & 14
The Revival of the Workhorse
   Not so long ago many considered the art of working horses and mules in harness to be a dying craft. It was believed that when the few hundred remaining old teamsters passed on the workhorse would reside solely as a historical relic; a curiosity a cultural ghost. Few had envisioned 25 years ago that thousands would be drawn to this mode of work and transportation for practical as well as romantic reasons but they have. Dwindling draft horse numbers have done an about face with every breed showing substantial growth. Now in corners all across North America you can see workhorses and mules plowing logging mowing hauling seeding and harvesting crops. Today over 200 000 people have chosen to depend on the workhorse or mule. Cottage industries have sprung up all across North America to support what has become an unexpected phenomenon the revival of the workhorse. Every indication is that this is not a fad or passing fanciful flirtation with the near past. It is a solid rebuilding of the architecture of the concept of and feasibility of work horses and mules as a motive power option because many of us see the place the need and the value of the workhorse in the modern world. And this revival is not an empty threat by a few fanatics to replace internal combustion. It is the dedication of many sensible thoughtful intelligent folk to the preservation development and application of a humane modern animal power source as a reasonable option for today.
   In this revival business we as the draft animal industry are evolving onto a plateau or what I believe to be a second stage of growth (an indication that this is not a fad). With some years behind us and many patterns available to suggest trends or problems or hope many are concerned that future growth depends on better-educated teamsters and better trained animals.
   It is true that many people came to this subtle and complex business of workhorses ill-prepared with nothing but high expectations and no experience. And that far too many of these newcomers were met with horrible or unfortunate first experiences which soured them to the craft. This was tragically unnecessary.
   Our work with the quarterly SMALL FARMER'S JOURNAL and other publications such as THE WORK HORSE HANDBOOK has been dedicated in no small way to the needs of newcomers because of our belief that they represent an opportunity to shape a better tomorrow for WORK HORSES.
   This book is aimed in part at these newcomers. This text is not written specifically as a handbook for the inexperienced to train their own horses. I hold that people inexperienced with horses should not attempt to train them. It would be ideal to imagine that any who read this come with a fair measure of teamster experience but we must be realistic. Those most hungry for information will be those who come fresh and inexperienced. So I have attempted to present two texts wrapped into one hopefully addressing the needs of several categories none the least of which is the newcomer.
Copyright Permission by Small Farmer's Journal Inc.

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