Cornell Small Farms Program, Equicenter of Rochester, Draft Animal Power Network, and Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming present: Beginning Teamster Workshop – Working With Draft Horses
February 17th 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Oxley Equestrian Center, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
In this workshop we aim to give participants a full day of experiencing what is like to work with draft animals. We will focus on what keeps us safe, what we gain from work with drafts, and how we can make them fit into profitable farms and businesses. We want folks to get their hands on the animals, the harnesses, and the lines and see what it is like. Depending on interest and demand we are considering future programs on using draft animals in Agriculture and logging.
What You Will Learn:
9:00 AM Introduction
What is a Draft horse? Why do the they work for us?
Learn safety principles for working with Draft Animals.
10:00AM Two Groups
First group: How are they harnessed?
Second group: How are they driven?
11:00AM First Drive
12:00PM Lunch (Bring your own bag lunch)
1:00PM Two Groups
First group: Driving with a cart or wagon.
Second group: Ground driving with a log.
3:00PM How to Continue Training Your Team
Discussion on round pens, lunge ropes and working to train.
Opportunities for fun, therapeutic, and productive work with draft animals.
Cost: $40 for Veterans, Immigrants and Refugees
$80 for the general public
Bring your own bag lunch
Veterans with questions or needs please call, text or email:
Nathan Bush, USAF Veteran, Farm Manager, EquiCenter Inc.
*Veterans in New York State may be eligible for a reimbursement scholarship to attend this program. To learn more about this opportunity, and determine if you are eligible for a scholarship to a specific event, please contact Kat McCarthy at the Cornell Small Farms Program by email email@example.com or at 607-255-9911.*
General questions or for interpretation needs, please call or email:
Kate Cardona, Outreach & Equity Coordinator, Groundswell