Working with oxen and draft horses on farms and in the forest is an essential part of New England’s heritage. Draft animals are particularly well suited to the challenges of working the hilly landscape and rocky terrain of this region. Sanborn Mills Farm is dedicated to preserving these skills and shares them through workshops and mentoring programs.
Participation in draft animal workshops is a unique opportunity to learn from master teamsters and gain hands-on experience with well-trained animals that are engaged in meaningful work. Our instructors are highly skilled, patient, and teach using time-honored methods.
Draft animal workshops are focused specifically on the skills and equipment to work with oxen and are designed to build up skills in different areas. Participation will be helpful for individuals who want to integrate draft power into their farming and logging activities and for those who work with animals at living history museums and farms.
Workshops are listed in the Calendar section of this website.
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Other Options for training:
Under special circumstances, one-to-
one customized training sessions for teamsters can be arranged upon request and are available as the work schedule of the farm permits. All draft animal teaching sessions are with Sanborn Mills Farm’s oxen and horses. Cost of one-to-one sessions is determined by the type of training requested and the duration of the session.
If you have questions on the draft animal program at Sanborn Mills Farm, please contact:
Farm Manager Tim Huppe at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the office at 603-435-7314 weekdays from 9am to 3 pm.
For more information on draft animals, visit these links:
- Small Farmer’s Journal – http://smallfarmersjournal.com/
- Rural Heritage Magazine – https://www.ruralheritage.com/new_rh_website/index_green.shtml
- DAPNet/Draft Animal Power – http://www.draftanimalpower.org/home/dapnet/
- Billings Farm Museum – http://www.billingsfarm.org/billings_farm/oxen.html
- The Livestock Conservancy – http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/milking-shorthorn
For a video on Sanborn Mills Farm teamsters & oxen helping out with a Mast Tree demonstration in 2016 in Lee, N.H. click here.