Photo Essay

Draft Horse Field Day

Plowing With Draft Horses

October 1, 2005 my husband and I attended a Draft Horse Field Day held at a farm in River Falls, Wisconsin.

Horses, oxen and mules were the main means of plowing the fields in America until the 1930's. Although, the Amish are still utilizing this method..

The owners did a magnificent job of demonstrating the good old days, plowing with teams of horses...

We also saw a couple of oxen on display.

This was the first Horse Draft Show I have ever seen and hope to again in the future..It was not widely advertised, but we found out about it through a stranger who we met while eating lunch in a diner a few weeks beforehand..

The plowed ground was rough for walking and the cut corn stalks were like sharp sticks but it was worth every step of the way shooting pictures of the event with other photographers who had better cameras than I had.

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17 responses

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (12 Jan 2011):

    Very enjoyable photoessay; Voted.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (12 Jan 2011):

    A top notch photo-essay, Andrea. The images are absolutely wonderful, and the narratives add such an important element to the story of these remarkable animals. Beautifully done!! Voted.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (12 Jan 2011):

    Great photo essay!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (12 Jan 2011):

    Thank you all for your comments and votes on my photo essay. A special thanks to JanElle for nominating it to
    be voted on..

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (12 Jan 2011):

    A wonderful photo essay Andrea! Fabulous images!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (12 Jan 2011):

    A really great essay on a piece of true Americana!!! You took excellent photos of the event, Andrea : ) I voted yes on both the photo and of the story of the week.

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (13 Jan 2011):

    Love this story and voted twice!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (13 Jan 2011):

    Two votes from me! Excellent essay and photos!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (13 Jan 2011):

    It looks like a very interesting experience and the horses are just beautiful. Sometimes on is in the right place at the right time just like you were in the diner where a stranger informed you about the draft horse field day. Thank you for posting this story I voted.


    JOE FAILK gave props (14 Jan 2011):

    This is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My Vote

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (14 Jan 2011):

    VOTED!! Wonderful series and so well photographed

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2011):

    Very well done-Rad all the way- vored!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (15 Jan 2011):

    Definitely two votes from me. Excellent photo essay, my friend.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (17 Apr 2015):

    A truly wonderful slice of life that is captured so beautifully!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (17 Apr 2015):

    Thanks to Lynn Harvey for nominating this photo essay.. Thanks to all that commented and voted..

  • Nasrin Tajadod

    Nasrin Tajadod gave props (3 Feb 2017):

    you explained your story with wonderful vote.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (4 Feb 2017):

    Thanks to Nasrin Tajadod for nomination on 2/3/ 2017 and
    thanks for the comments. views and votes!

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