A good number of work horses had turned up, and from 2 p.m. onwards, they were hitched to different horse-drawn tools like a potato sprayer, a ride-on plough, a spring tooth harrow, a field roller, a manure spreader. Amongst other breeds, there were two very nice teams of Percherons and a huge big Clydesdale who was on his first outing altogether and did a brilliant job.
And of course, there was Henry, the only Irish Cob this time. It was his first time at this sort of event, and at some stage, he got quite excited with all that was going on around him.
Overall, the demonstration attracted many people's interest, and so did the exhibition of many different old and modern horse-drawn tools.
The photos demonstrate the big variety of tools, harnesses used, horse breeds...
Some of the equipment had been imported from the U.S. where horse-drawn tools are still manufactured nowadays for the many farmers who run farms on horse-power alone.
Also, the day was a great opportunity to meet up with so many like-minded people and exchange ideas and experiences.
Amongst other ideas, the foundation of an Irish Work Horse Association was dicussed, and hopefully, a meeting will take place to talk about this further sometime this autumn. Anybody interested in this, just contact us!