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I finally got some ox logging done!

 
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Mrs R



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 12:40 pm    Post subject: I finally got some ox logging done! Reply with quote
    

Ted is a yearling now but still has never pulled anything. He's happy with any kind of handling and carries a pack saddle, but never so much as traces behind, as I simply hadn't gotten round to it. Today was finally the day!

We put the harness on and let him trail the traces up and down....no reaction.

I found a heavy piece of chain and let him pull that, it was slithering and rattling behind but.....no reaction, like he'd done it every day of his life.

So we went off down the track to where we spotted a fallen branch, hooked it up, and hauled it home!


pookie



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

very

judith



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well done Ted!

hedgehogpie



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Wonderful! I think Ted ought to have a photocall next time he has a bit of training.

dolmen



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hedgehogpie wrote:
Wonderful! I think Ted ought to have a photocall next time he has a bit of training.


Well done, I too would like to see some pics or even a video of our Ted

Mrs R



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well, Rob gave us an escort on the pushbike (or the "legless ox" as we know it), but forgot his smartphone so sadly no pictures

The best I can do is this one when he was 8 months old



or this one when he was a wee baby and we took him into the centre of York for a photoshoot:



Or this one at our wedding


hedgehogpie



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

He is a beauty!

Mrs R



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Also this video of him jumping as a baby

jumpyjumpy

Bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I presume you've found this one Nats.

https://www.oldpond.com/acatalog/training_oxen.html

Mrs R



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes, I have it, it's not my style though - the north americans are very sort of 'structured' about their ox training, it's all yokes and goads and voice commands and having them working regularly from a very young age. I'm more of a modern european style trainer, taking my lead from the swiss and germans

Bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Any Swedish?

Mrs R



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I haven't met any scandinavian ox drovers to date! would love to though if anyone knows any

Mithril



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    


Kenworth



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Awwwww, he is cute! I never thought about a dairy type used as a draft animal. Puts him into a new category for me. Good job.

Thanks for the pics too

Mrs R



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 11 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dairy animals are pretty commonly used - specially on your side of the pond although maybe not in your area? My american geography isn't the best but nova scotia/new england etc. are more into herefords, durhams and milking devons AFAIK?

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