The Mule thread got me to thinking and remembering a great past experience i was blessed to witness, but it was about work horses, not mules so I decided to start a different thread. Work Horses. Gotta love um. A number of years ago I was able to watch a man with his team/pair of work horses pull a mechanically driven hay cutting machine he had from his family’s generations past. He offered this service for farmers and land owners who liked the idea or perhaps the novelty of animal driven machinery working their land. Their payment also supported his overall work to keep the tradition alive in America. He’d walk his team around the field, the machinery clacking away, the hay falling to the side, each stalk snipped and laid to the side , powered by the horses easily walking and doing their work. Easy for me,ha. He’d stop the team now and then, give the horses a breather and squirt some oil onto the blades and mechanism of the machine. It was mesmerizing to watch. So quiet, so at peace. Man, machine and his beasts and the land’s harvested bounty. He told me he also used his team to run logs down forested steep hills. His horses did minimal damage to the land, no erosion on those slopes, and that was attractive to landowners. I didn’t get to witness that work, just the haying, but have seen footage of other teams doing that work. It doesn’t take long to learn to appreciate the intelligence , bravery, elegance.....yes elegance , of both man and horse when it comes to the task of pulling heavy logs that try to become defiantly independent down a semi fluid incline like that and insure that no one gets injured. Over and over again, all day long....for years. Remarkable Horses....Work Horses.