09 Sep Spotted Draft Horses
Pitch and Patch, our two North American Spotted Draft Horses, are the animal icons of the farm. They arrived in April, 2014, from Unity, ME. The sibling pair help us strive to emulate the ways 19th century farmers would have worked the land; Pitch and Patch pull wagons and are progressing toward skidding logs and raking local hayfields. Our draft horses work together very well and enjoy going on carriage-ride adventures around town. Downtime is spent grazing, meeting farm visitors, and watching the goings-on.
North American Spotted Draft horses are a cross between the ancient Percheron (originally bred in le Perche, a district of northern France) and Belgian draft horses. Pitch, a mare, 11 years old, is 17.2 hands and weighs approximately 1,700 lbs. Patch, a gelding, 10 years old, is the larger of the two. He stands 18.0 hands and and weighs approximately 2,000 lbs. (one ton). They can be differentiated from one another by the color of their manes; Pitch’s mane is mostly black, plus she has a black spot on her forehead. Patch’s mane is mostly white. Working with draft horses is both a challenging and rewarding experience.
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