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Beasts of Burden

We'll show various aspects of field preparation using horses, mules and oxen, with some hands-on opportunities. Activities depend on weather and soil conditions.

Turning the fields over after lying fallow and plowing under green manure is a rite of spring. Livestock trained to work, such as horses, mules, and oxen, played a vital role in the operations of early Texas farms. Whether it was pulling plows, harrowing fields, hauling cotton or cultivating corn, beasts of burden made light work of sometimes daunting tasks.

Join Barrington Living History Farm and the Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association for a unique chance to see draft animals at work. Activities depend on weather and soil conditions.

Contact Ben Baumgartner for more information at (936) 878-2214, x246.