Four in hand Draught Horses

Murrumbateman Field Day

Marlie Stud attended Murrumbateman Field Day 2018 as part of the Yass Antique Machinery Club on the 20th and 21st of October. Aleks took Hank, Will, Grace and Clyde.

Although the heavens broke and it rained on the first day, we were fortunate enough to have the sun out on the Sunday. Aleks mentioned that the highlight of the day was pulling a 50 year old man made sled which was crafted out of logs by Joe Bush.

Aleks was interviewed by the local ABC news and made an appearance on their night-time program talking about Hank and Will and the Australian Draught Horse.

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Preparing a paddock for Oats

Its no secret that at Marie Stud we are passionate about farming with our Draught Horses. When preparing a paddock for seed we used a 4 step process with our horses – ploughing, discing, scarifying and seeding.

Ploughing

The paddock was ploughed with ‘Hank’ and ‘Will.’ Ploughing turns the upper layer of soil over. The primary benefit of this is to bury the weeds/previous crops and pasture allowing it to break down while bringing fresh nutrients to the top soil. 1716

 

Discing

The paddock was disced with the use of ‘Hank’, ‘Will’ and ‘Clyde.’ All three horses are registered Australian Draught Horses. Discing cuts and breaks up the large lumps and clods of soil that has been turned by the plough.

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Scarifying

The paddock was then scarified with ‘Hank’, ‘Will’ and ‘Clyde’ to further prepare the seed bed.

 

Seeding

Oats were placed in the Mitchell Seed Drill and with the use of ‘Hank’ and ‘Will’ the paddock was seeded.

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It is no surprise that the process of preparing and seeding a paddock with horses takes longer than the modern day tractors. For us, it is more abut the passion of working and preserving the use of horses than how fast things can be done.

Marlie Troy

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our newest foal Marlie Troy. Born in the early hours of the 9th of November 2017. Yet another great foal from Sire Woodbarn Hector and Dam Marlie Meg.

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Marlie Troy only a few hours old

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