Saturday, October 2, 2010

Farm Horses Were Once Part Of The Family

The average farm in the late 1800's was 100 acres.  I bet the average size was a bit smaller than that in the 1700's.  Back then, farmers used horses or oxen for everything.  They had to get out of bed well before sunrise to feed the work horses, even before the farmer himself ate.  This was to ensure the animals were ready for the work day.  It is hard to stress how much these animals meant to a farmer.  If a horse was stolen or died, it was a very big deal.  They spent a lot of time taking care of them, for that reason.

How important are your animals on your homestead?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just spent a day carrying a friend of mine around from Belize. He uses horses everyday for work and transportation. Many of his neighbors use oxen. He encouraged me to make a single yoke for my little jersey bull.