In 2012 we added 3 haflinger draft horses to our roster. The draft horses were used in the vegetable fields for plowing, secondary tillage, and cultivating.
Rockie is a Haflinger gelding, stands about 14.2 hands and is 9 years old. He was one of our first horses we purchased and came as a team with Rosie. Over the years he has progressed from an obnoxious little pony to an obnoxious big pony! That said, he loves to work and puts his heart into it each time he's in harness. During the 2015 season he worked in a team with Lady on the harrow and cultivator.
Toad & Lady
Toady is a Belgian gelding, stands around 16.2 hands and is somewhere over 20 years old. Toad came to our farm in the winter of 2014 along with his teammate and sister, Lady. He hails from the north country of New York and previously worked on an Amish dairy and on an English dairy. Toad is a mild mannered gentleman while being led, but once in harness he gets down to business. He is our strongest worker, and is truly a beast. He does his best work on the disk and harrow.
Lady is a Belgian mare, stands about 16 hands and is around 20 years old. Lady came with Toad to our farm in the winter of 2014 from the north country of New York. She is the perfect produce horse, slow and steady all the way. Lady works great on the cultivator getting in between the rows of vegetables and once she does a job a couple times she hardly needs any steering. She is naturally paired with Toad, but spent a lot of time in 2015 working with Rockie.
Princess the perfect pony is an 18 year old Haflinger mare. She is our smallest horse, standing around 13.2 hands. Princess has done it all on our farm, from plowing, to cultivating, to training Rockie! As we have used more horsepower on the farm we have felt the need to get larger horses. So, to make room in our crowded barn, this winter Princess is headed to work with our friends at Brewer’s Hideaway Farm on the other side of Rising Sun. We hope Rachel and Connor have lots of fun incorporating horsepower into their farm.