Monday, December 8, 2014

Work Horses



Today's picture shows a large team of work horses pulling some sort of combine. It looks like they are harvesting wheat. I count at least thirty horses on the one team, although a few of them might be mules. I wonder how they could get the animals trained for such a job. It looks like the two in front would probably have some sort of special job.

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  1. It is a combine. One thing you have to know is that the horses were not only pulling the machine, but also supplying the power to make the thrasher work through traction to the ground from a drive wheel

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  2. It must have been very impressive to watch, and noisy.

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  3. It would seem to me that all those horses would have trampled - or eaten - everything in their path before the machine ever reached it.

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  4. Remember "20 Mule Team Borax"? You can still buy it at some grocery stores to add as a brightener to the laundry or make homemade soap white. I visited Death Valley where borax is mined. In the old days it was hauled out in wagons pulled by teams of twenty mules.

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