- August 23, 2013 at 8:26 am #80866August 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm #80870
This is a plow I picked up about 15 miles north of me. I paid $150 I thought it was a good price it says Deere on it I assume it’s a John Deere. I hope mu little team can pull it. EliAugust 24, 2013 at 4:41 am #80875Donn HewesKeymaster
That is a nice looking plow. How hard it is to pull will depend so much on soil types and conditions. I have several friends that plow with Haflingers or other smaller animals, but that is usually not in shod. Some soils will make that very difficult, and not really appropriate, just depends. That plow might well accommodate three horses. My favorite way to plow.August 24, 2013 at 8:48 am #80877
Donn have sandy loam soil that plows easy. I need to learn how to use 3 horses I am fixing up a 3 horse evener and hope to try it soon. ThanksAugust 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm #80878Donn HewesKeymaster
Hi Eli, I like driving three abreast and think it is a pretty easy thing to set up for animals that are already working well. As plowing requires some precision, and slow pace, and our attention to be in several places; I would recommend starting your three on something simple where you can pretty much focus on how they are working. Some slight adjustments to the lines once you get started will set it up perfectly.
There is more than one way to set up lines for three, but the one I like uses regular team lines. These are the same lines I use to drive a team of two with out changing anything. The line on the left goes to the left side of the left two, with the longer stub line going to the center horse, just as if they were a team of two (using the hames ring on the outside horse just as you normally would). Other other line does the same thing on the other side. Now each out side horse has one line attached and the center horse has two. I use a short “check strap” that is about 36″ long. It has a snap on one end that goes to the hames ring of the center horse and a buckle or snap (I prefer a buckle) that goes to the outside horses bit.
The 36″ is not universal and will vary with the spacing on your evener and size of horses etc. Once you get them driving, and preferably pulling something, look and see if the three heads seem pointed forward; inline with the rest of the body. That is the goal of any set of lines, and in this case you can adjust that by lengthening or shortening the “check strap”. Most of mine have conway buckles in the middle so it is easy to make them what ever length I want. I use them with different lines to drive three, four, or five abreast. They live on the harness and I use them all the time. Good luck with the three abreast. Donn
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