Country Lore: Horse Progress Days

You can learn how to handle working horses at Horse Progress Days.
By Karen Kirsch
June/July 2004
Add to My MSN

Horse Progress Days is a great opportunity to learn about handling horses.
PHOTO: KAREN KIRSCH


Content Tools

Related Content

Purina Introduces New Feed for Miniature Horses and Ponies

New feed is specially formulated to meet the unique nutritional needs of miniature horses and ponies

MAX Update No. 26: Seeking Ideas for More Horsepower

MAX needs 25 percent more horsepower to get from zero to 60 mph in less than 18 seconds. Got any sug...

The History of the Black Friesian Horse

The black Friesian horse has a long and colorful place in European history.

Spicy, Healing Horseradish

Horseradish is often overlooked as a mere hot condiment. In reality it possesses many healing proper...

Horse Progress Days (HPD) is an Amish-organized affair that will take place July 1 and 2 in Middlebury, Ind. It features demonstrations of practical applications of draft animals in today's society. Many breeds of heavy horses, mules and even oxen are featured, performing traditional tasks with modern equipment.

Though it has been going on for more than a decade, HPD is perhaps one of the United States' best-kept secrets. In 1993, Elmer Lapp introduced the first event in Lancaster, Pa. Eleven years after its first appearance, HPD is still going strong, alternating its location among states with sizable Amish communities. As many as 10,000 visitors annually come to see and learn about ways of farming and logging that touch the Earth lightly. Fields and croplands surround the vendor site, and various pieces of agricultural and timber-harvesting equipment are put to use.

U.S. and European breeds on display include Belgians, Percherons, Suffolks, American Creams, Haflingers, Fjordhorses, Spotted Drafts, Draft Ponies, Shires, Clydesdales, miniature horses, assorted mules and oxen.

Vendors offer everything from books to horse-shoeing stocks, and noted authorities on many subjects give lectures and clinics. Vets talk about breeding, feeding and other health concerns. The clinic on conformation judging is the place to learn the difference between a "good" horse and a "bad" one.

For links to lodging and maps, or to learn more about Horse Progress Days 2004, visit www.ruralheritage.com/progress .

Karen Kirsch
Louisville, Ohio
 








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.