Originally Posted by Gonce4
WOW!!! How cool are these?... So glad you shared... Are those Clydesdales?
My grandfather raised and bred draft horses as a hobby. Primarily he focused on draft cross breeds. His first series of horses (10 yrs in the 60's) were 1/2 Lippitt Morgan
and 1/2 Percheron
. I believe all of the horses in the photos I posted to this thread where Barney and Brother - they were brothers and both were 1/2 Belgian
and 1/2 Morgan. They were with them the longest - I think almost 25 years. They were still pulling when he sold them to someone for some crazy price. He was very good at breeding lines that typically do not do well together.
I was driving horses by the time I was 7 yrs old. That was my first of hundreds of "jobs" with him, driving the hay trailer while he bucked bales up to one of my cousins.
Many of the implements he used to hobby farm with were fully manual. This including hay cutting implements and at one time, he even had a horse drawn square baler that some guy invented. The guy could not get anyone to buy the patent for it, and sold it too my grandfather's brother in the 1940's. It sat around until the 1980's (under cover mind you) until his brother died. He inherited everything from the his brother's farm and then resurrected the baler in the late 80's.
I hated that machine. It would always bind up as it came to the final compaction point of the bale and you had to rip it all out and reset the string tie. There is good reason no one ever mass produced it lol.
Anyway, trip down memory lane. Hard not too when I think of him. He passed away two years ago. He was an amazing dude! My grandmother is still living and still kicking. She is an amazing woman as well. They were married 63 years. You don't hear of that too often anymore. He wore overalls almost everyday of my life. I have tried to put some on a couple of times. But man, they never fit right! ;)