Harrisburg – Gone are the days of equine transportation; the horse long since replaced by the automobile. For Steve and Liz Harris of Wyoming County, real horse power is what they’re all about.
When it comes to heavy lifting, these two turn to their team of Percherons to get the job done and their Logging Demonstration held on Sunday, Jan. 8, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, gave great insight on the processes of days long gone.
Hauling timber isn’t for the faint of heart, though. “Logging isn’t something any breed of horse can do,” warned Liz, after answering questions from the audience. “It’s something to be left for Drafts. We just choose to work with Percherons.”
The breed of the horses isn’t the only important factor to consider when choosing a team of loggers; trust and maturity are a necessity in order to avoid any haphazard situations. “The average age of the horses on our team is seven,” said Steve. “I have to know that I am able to trust and rely on them.”
The demonstration included examples of team hitch logging and single horse logging, and the crowd cheered loudly when the Harris’ Percheron gelding, Friday, successfully hauled two large logs at once.
Several other demonstrations and equine related exhibits were held throughout the week.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
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