Four Horse Hitch by rvwalker

Four Horse Hitch

This is another old favorite photo. Some ranchers still do as much work as possible the old way, with horses instead of tractors. On this day there were four teams of horses and mules working. One with two mules, one with two horses, one with three horses, and Monte with his amazing four horse hitch. The ground was so heavy and wet that even this huge team had a tough time turning the earth.

More photos of the action can be seen here:
http://rosswalkerphotos.blogspot.com/2011/05/horse-drawn-plows.html

This year I got a call to photograph an incredible eight horse hitch, but it was during Linda's recovery from surgery, so I didn't go. Maybe next year...
What a stunning photo. Fascinating to see how times have changed.... for some.
June 10th, 2013  
Fabulous capture
June 10th, 2013  
@aglennc @jgpittenger Thanks, Anita and Jane. I imagine we could all see something like this at a "heritage center" or something, but I feel really fortunate to have seen the real deal.
June 10th, 2013  
Wow how wonderful to see this! Great capture!
June 10th, 2013  
You and Linda are so good at action shots. Another winner!
June 10th, 2013  
Wonderful capture!
June 10th, 2013  
Beautiful photo, you can almost feel the power of the horses!
June 10th, 2013  
Amazing shot! How interesting that work is still done the old fashioned way at times.
June 10th, 2013  
Fantastic capture, excellent composition and detail
June 10th, 2013  
FAV. Simply awesome!
June 10th, 2013  
@pamknowler @karenmatthews @jankoos @lily @pflaume @soboy5 Thanks, everyone. I've always liked this photo, but the experience of being there was even better.
June 10th, 2013  
@sangwann Thanks for the fav, Dione. This is one of those photos that I treasure, so I'm glad you like it so much.
June 10th, 2013  
Aww Ross they are divine, the earth does look heavy, and farmer looks like he is .....enjoying himself ha.
How is Linda btw?
June 10th, 2013  
You have got a great collection of old favourites! Love this! So much raw power and a real story!
June 10th, 2013  
@gigiz I have a story about how Monte was controlling these horses. The right way to do it is to place the separate reins between the fingers, but he was having so much trouble controlling them in this heavy soil that he just grabbed the reins in his fists, until he got close to my camera, then he held them properly.

Thanks for asking about Linda, Gigi. She started driving again about a week ago, so is becoming quite independent. Still taking physical therapy as much as six times a week, and still in pain, but becoming more mobile. Good progress after two months.
June 10th, 2013  
@sassik Thanks, Sassik. I just added a link above to more photos of this on my blog. The action was a privilege to see.
June 10th, 2013  
Great shot Ross. With the price of equipment & fuel going thru the roof we all may start seeing more "back in the day" way of doing things.
June 10th, 2013  
Could be, Al. I appreciate the fav.
June 10th, 2013  
This is fabulous!!!! FAV!!!! Love the action in the horse's manes!!!
June 10th, 2013  
Wow thats team work. A great vintage scene.
June 10th, 2013  
@monkeykid Thank you for the fav, Therese. I like the manes too. It shows how hard they are working.
June 10th, 2013  
@fueast Thanks, Alison. It is hard for me to believe this stuff still happens around here.
June 10th, 2013  
Wow++ :o) Wish I could see something like this as well to some day. Wonderful capture, Ross!
June 10th, 2013  
@beluga Thanks, Beluiga. It was a lot of fun, but made more difficult by light rain.
June 11th, 2013  
Wow they look like they are working really hard.
June 11th, 2013  
@btorrey They were, Brenda. They had to stop to rest every 100 meters or so.
June 11th, 2013  
Just had a look at your blog and web page. Wonderful collection of photo's
June 12th, 2013  
@tesssa Thanks, Tessa. It is as much of an obsession as photography.
June 12th, 2013  
Fav love to see horses working
June 13th, 2013  
@peterdegraaff Thanks for the fav, Peter. These guys are nice enough to invite me for photos occasionally, and I love to go there.
June 13th, 2013  
Meg
Wonderful capture and thanks for sharing something this wonderful that most will never be in a position to experience or see...why do you think they still do it this hard old fashioned way?
June 14th, 2013  
@megmills The people that run this ranch like to do things the old fashioned way. He makes saddles by hand, and she spins her own yarn from wool. Both dress in elaborate cowboy gear to go to social events. There are a lot of people who deeply love horses, including the driver of this team. He makes his own wagons too. Thanks for the follow, Meg.
June 15th, 2013  
Meg
@rvwalker wow that is amazing....thanks for the info.
June 15th, 2013  
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