|An empty, short, field, ready to be disked!|
This morning started by giving the girls a big scoop of oats. I knew that I was going to have them working hard, so I made sure they had some fuel in their tanks. After I gave them their oats, I finished attaching the pole to the disk. I then moved it out to the field where we would be working. About that time, my friend Pat showed up. So we got the horses, harnessed them up, and then figured out how to hitch them to the harrow. I ended up having to add 6 inch tug extensions to each tug in order to make things work. Everything was secure, and it was time for the initial pull. For the first pull, I didn't angle the disk, I kept it straight to make it as easy as possible for them. They had no problems stepping out, and since they seemed to be feeling their oats, I adjusted the angle quickly and watched the disk do it's job.
After doing a complete loop, I stopped, and let Pat have a turn while I ran inside to get the camera. Here are a few shots of Pat on the disk.
|Here they come!|
|The girls did real good for Pat. I admire Pat's skills at communicating with the team!|
|I'm ready to get going. I don't think the girls were quite as happy about it. :)|
One thing I've noticed when driving a team, is that getting them to step out together is VITAL! I had many times today where I'd tell them to step out, and only one of them would. When the one that stepped out would feel the pressure, she would stop, right as the other horse would step out. This got a tad annoying. Like a bad teeter totter while I wasn't going anywhere.
I should probably note that I was using new bits on the harnesses today. I put straight shaft liverpool bits on the team harness and I am SOOOOO happy with them. The girls were much more responsive today with them. The ones I got have the 2 round loops for snaps, or narrow buckle lines. They are awesome. Very happy to be using them.
|Stepping out with the harrow|
|Pam and Rachel are a pretty impressive match.|
|Off we go!|
|Heading down a small incline|
|A rear view|
|Another row ... GET UP PAM!!!|
I kept at it, and started giving the girls a break every 10 minutes. They would get pretty winded, and as Pam started working more, she started to sweat real good. I was very impressed with how well they were getting at coming around in turns. It was neat to watch them figure out what I wanted, and do it when I asked for it. It seemed like no time before this small 2 acre field was done. I have another 4 acre field that needs to be done, but I decided to give the girls a rest. I have to keep reminding my self that they are in as good a shape as I am. I can't expect them to go from no work, to a full day of farm work in one day. I will probably hook them up again tomorrow and do some more. They sure did stand good on those breaks though!!! They stood perfectly still and didn't move at all when I let them rest.
|All done with this one.|
After we were done, I unhitched the girls from the disk, and then ground drove them back to the house so I could get the harnesses off them. They were definitely hot and sweaty!!
|We're tired! How 'bout you get this crap off us!!!|
|Whew! We're glad that's over!!!|
Aren't you glad you read to the end? As a reward, here's a video clip!