The Ardennes Draft Horse is considered one of the oldest breeds of draft horse, and is believed to be a direct descendant of the prehistoric Solutre Horse.
Each year, our Adirondack deer hunt club hires a teamster and draft horses to bring in (we own the wagon) our tentage, food, etc.
It’s forever wild and no motor vehicles are permitted. The club get a special NYS/DEC permit because it has been going in for 80+ years.
We go along an old logging road. At one point, the team/wagon fords the East Branch Sacandaga River – up and down a one or two-foot bank.
For years, we had Emmy and his pair of Belgians. His horses were growing old and he wasn’t going to train a new pair. For two hunts, we used a man with two Percherons (taller horses). Now, we have a new club member with a trained team of not-full blooded Belgians: not as large but they can make it in and out. He uses the team for hauling logs on private land when the owner doesn’t want to cut roads. Beautiful!
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