We were busy in the field the last three mornings for about an hour each, to pace ourselves, but mostly to give the horses an opportunity to chew things over for the following day. And they did - their confidence and skill had grown a lot by the third day, and they pulled the big Norwegian walking plough almost routinely, working as a team side by side.
Hard to believe that a few weeks ago, these two would not work together at all - Winnie turned and kicked out as soon as Henry only looked at her. But now that she is out of season and most liklely in foal, they are back to calm happy relaxed family life again.
Flora the foal followed along as far as the fence, but for the actual ploughing she had to stay on the other side, showing her protest by running up and down the fence as fast as she could, only stopping ocassionally to snack on the sweet clover and try to talk to Bob the dog.
So, the purpose of the operation was to turn under the oat grass and kale that I had planted a few weeks ago, to add organic matter to the soil. We will be doing this another round or two until Autumn, hoping to improve the soil that way.
Unfortunately, we were too busy ploughing and did not manage to take any photos, but here is one of us getting ready for the job: