So... I thought I should say a little something about them before I move on. Being raised with teams and having them around most of my life you would think that one would get used to their awesomeness!! (And I'm going to use "awesome" alot right now because that is the only word, other than maybe "amazing" that defines these Kingly creatures!)
...BUT, how incredibly awesome these horses are, is something I will never take for granted. Unless you experience these animals yourself, no amount of my bragging on them will ever suffice.
They are strong beyond belief (especially when you put four of them together like the picture above), yet they are willing to do whatever we ask of them. They could easily refuse and what would we be able to do to force a 2000 lb animal?? That being said creating a bond of trust with these animals is incredibly important!
They are shockingly insecure, the smallest things can frighten these enormous horses, ( i.e. the elephant and the mouse) again they put all of their trust in YOU, that you can guide them through whatever the situation without harm!
They are incredibly gentle, although one stomp of their foot could render you handicapped!
They are also incredibly smart and LOVE a routine. They will deal with a break of routine, but like a 5yr. old child can be fitfull. Which can be quite amusing with the amount of character these horses have.
And character...oh my goodness they have such wonderful character! As anyone would know if they have animals or know animals each one has their own special being, but there is something to be said about a 2000 plus lb animal with the character of a 1/2 lb kitten! Oh how they melt your heart and warm your soul!
Everyday we harness and hitch 2 sled wagons with 4 horses per outfit. My husband heads out to feed one bunch of cows, my Uncle the other. Regardless of frigid temperatures we can endure here in the Rockies, they come back sweaty and itchy!! Molly, one of my husbands lead mares is always particularly ITCHY! She is certain that she itches way more than any of the other horses and if you are within her reach she will nibble and pull on your clothing (which can pull you off your feet) until you remove her bridle to relieve her itching ears!
They are AWESOME, and they take my breath away EVERY day! If you ever get the chance to meet one of these awesome draft horses, TAKE IT! They will brighten your day and lift your heart and you will forever be a different person.
The "modern world" always ask us why we still do things the "old fashioned way". Why not use a tractor where you can stay warm and is so much faster (which it's NOT faster especially when it won't start at 40 below zero), and I want to ask them if their tractor has ever taken their breath away!