All About Working Horses With Jim
Hello and welcome to Working Horses with Jim. I started this channel because I wanted to share what I have learned from the years I have spent working with draft horses.
Some may wonder why I use horses in this day and age when there are many more automated, easier, quicker and less strenuous ways to get jobs done. I do it because I love it and I want to pass on what I have learned to anyone else who might be interested. Also, I have learned a lot from the previous generation and would like to help them bring back memories from their past as they watch what I am doing through the videos I share. It’s important to me that I pass on what CAN be done using horses and that a person can still earn a living working with Draft Horses. I also would like to show how machinery and horses can work together, taking the “best of both worlds” to make this more efficient, productive and profitable.
It’s important to me that my horses are able to do all the jobs I ask them to do, whether it be logging, working in the fields on our farm, pulling the sleigh for sleigh rides, or occasionally going to a horse pulling competition.
I invite you to come along with me in my daily life and catch a glimpse of how the horses and I work and interact together. My family is very important to me and so they may show up from time to time in the videos as well. Each one of us has something to share with the world and this is what God has given me to do.
Meet The Horses!
Lady is our 13 yr old Belgian mare. She has been with us since she was a 1 year old filly and was trained here by Jim. She has never been bred or foaled. She has a lot of energy and loves to pull. She works in the woods and fields, and at times has been used single to pull the cultivator in the garden or to pull our 2 seater sleigh.
Bill is our 13 year old Belgian gelding. He was purchased from a friend and has been a faithful worker for the past 2 years. He prefers working in the woods, but works in the fields as well.
Ken is our 13 year old Percheron gelding. Jim bought Ken and his brother Don as weanling colts and trained them. Don, sadly passed away a few years back from colic. Ken is named after a dear neighbor and friend of ours. Ken is very strong but prefers as slower pace than some of the other horses.
Buck is our 20 year old Percheron gelding. He was 10 when he came to us and has done a lot of work both in the woods and on the farm. Even though he is getting older, he still has a lot of get up and go.
Duke is a Suffolk Punch colt who was born in late July 2020. Duke came to Gordon Family Farm with his half brother, Earl, to begin his training with Jim.
Earl was born in early June 2020. Duke and Earl were born at Ridgewind Suffolk Farm in Essex NY.