What are some resources for information on draft horse implements?

Answer: Thank you for your recent request for information from ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. I am pleased to provide you with information on agricultural implements for use with draft horses. The following online books have a wealth of information on horse drawn farm implements. In addition, the ATTRA publication Draft Animal Power for Farming has a section on equipment and links to further resources including equipment suppliers.Starkey, Paul. 1989. Harnessing and Implements for Animal Traction: An Animal Traction Resource Book for Africa. A Publication of the Deutsches Zentrum f?r Entwicklungstechnologien – GATE in: Deutsche Gesellschaft f?r Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)

A stimulating and fresh approach to combine a detailed understanding of the practical problems encountered in the field with a comprehensive review of published information. Includes some common harnessing systems, the selection of equipment, implements commonly used for crop production, equipment for transport, and draft assessment and work rates. Written for Africa, but useful for other areas as well.

Thompson, John. 1979. Horse Drawn Implements: Part II, Preparing the Soil. Hampshire, UK: J. Thompson.

A selection of engravings and contemporary descriptions of cultivators, horse-hoes, rollers, and harrows, reproduced from 19th century agricultural books and manufacturers catalogues.

Fischer, Ren. 1995. Permanent Farming Systems Based on Animal Traction: Farmers Handbook. Deutsches Zentrum fr Entwicklungstechnologien.

The first version, the WADA Oxfarmers’ Handbook, was produced in 1982 as a guide for the basic training of farmers of the North West Province of Cameroon, in the use of oxen. The Oxen Project was initiated by Wum Area Development Authority, WADA. Over the years, the focus of the project changed from introducing the use of draft animals to encouraging the development of permanent farming systems employing draft animals and the project name changed to Promotion of Adapted Farming Systems based on Animal Traction, PAFSAT. Consequently Handbook Parts dealing with crops, soil, the permanent farming system, vegetables and farm management were added and amended in the subsequent editions.