Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Horses Help Pull Trailer from Snowy Rut in Michigan

December 31, 2018. Hillman, Michigan.

From the author: "We are a family farm called Cook Family Farm. my husband Tom and I work with our 11 children here on the farm. We love and care for our horses. The video was taken New Year's Eve at the Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman when the boys left to take the guests on their carriage rides through the elk pen and back to the cabin for the meal. There was no snow on the blacktop but when they returned, the parking lot was full with about 5 or 6 inches of heavy, wet snow."

They loaded up the 3 teams into the trailer and backed up so that when he started going forward, he would have a longer stretch of clear pavement. They didn't make it very far because of the snow conditions. He left the remaining 4 horses in the trailer to help with weight giving them better traction. His Dad drove the pick up and kept the wheels turned so that they would not jack knife. The horses are driven with lines, one in each hand to 'steer' each horse. When pulling this weight, it is important for them to work together to keep the momentum going. There is a relationship between driver and your team they learn your voice and commands and will respond to you. They all worked wonderfully together to get the truck and trailer out so they could head home."

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