Work Horse Handbook
Since it was first published in 1980, this 386 page authoritative text, with it’s nearly 1,000 illustrations, has assisted beginner and experienced teamsters worldwide. This book is the ultimate owner/operator manual for working draft horses and mules in fields, forests, and fancy carriage operations.
Featured here is an excerpt from Chapter Two: Attitude and Approach.
“Horses are honest creatures. If we are allowed a somewhat complete picture of each individual horse’s physical world and/or operational structure, (if we may come to know them), it is often easy to measure and understand their motivations, their needs, their perceptions. And, what I mean by honest is that a horse is almost always true to his motivations, his needs, his perceptions: if he wants to eat, if he needs water, if he perceives danger. He is incapable of temporarily setting aside or subverting his motivations to get to some distant goal. This is often mistaken as evidence for a lack of intelligence, a conclusion which says more of human nature than equine smarts. What it means for the horse is that he is almost never lazy, sneaky or deceptive. It is simply not in his nature. People on the other hand are frequently lazy, sneaky and often tripping over themselves in efforts to get an upper hand, or something for free, or a perceived advantage.”