Our first stop was Dresden, where just at that time, an exhibition was hosted by the traffic museum, titled: 'Working horses'.
Despite the clear blue skies and gentle summer breeze which made it tempting to sit at the shores of the river Elbe eating ice cream, we visited the indoor exhibition in the huge cool airy Albertinum building (of course, by then, two days into the trip, we were starved of anything to do with our favourite four-legged creatures anyway and just had to have a look...).
On display was a a comprehensive history of the working horse over the centuries and information on the different work loads they were asked to manage - from working in the mines, pulling locomotives from the factory to the next rail track, pulling boats, crossing mountains with pack saddles, pulling carriages, delivering post, milk, coal etc., being used during war time...
What I liked best was the contraption for harnessing horses used in the fire brigade:
Another nice exhibit was a pack saddle not so different from the one I used a couple of years ago with Henry. Definitely handy for off-road trips.
And there were plenty of prizes to award, as this year, not just various carriage driving and ploughing competitions were held at the 'Pferde Stark', but also the European Horse Logging Championships.
Back home now, all I want are some felled trees, and off I will go with Henry, trying to put all my clever observations into practice......