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Dark Horse

For many equines that have served humans faithfully, an undignified end awaits


Published in the July/August 2010 issue of Orion magazine

I WENT TO AN AUCTION last Monday. Not an auction for foreclosed homes. Not an auction for priceless art or jewelry or land. I went to the New Holland Livestock Auction in the Amish and Mennonite country of New Holland, Pennsylvania, where each week horses are sold—though I’d no intention of buying one. I know a thing or two about horses. I spend a significant amount of time with them and can groom them, bathe them, saddle them, walk them, run them on a lead, ride them, feed them, blanket them, work them in a round pen, give them medicine, soak their sore hooves, lift and stretch their hindlegs and forelegs, clean the undersides of their feet, bandage their legs, and minister to their wounds. But I could not foresee, in the spare few minutes each horse at such an auction is given to demonstrate its abilities, personality, strength, or lack thereof (whether young or old, muscled or thin), that I’d be able to determine whether any particular horse would be the one for me. READ MORE

Draft Horse Library

Below are a list of books that we feel are great to learn about draft horses. If you purchase them from Amazon a portion of the purchase price goes towards helping us care for the horses.

An Introduction to the Tellington-Jones Equine Awareness Method
Getting in Touch with Horses
Improve Your Horse's Well-Being
Let's Ride! with Linda Tellington-Jones
Riding Between the Worlds
The Horses in My Life
The Man Who Listens to Horses
The Tao of Equus
The Ultimate Horse Behavior and Training Book
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