Wednesday, February 2, 2011
1. When walking backwards make sure you have a clear path so you don't stumble.
2. Avoid hitching to anything so high that the chains can pass easily over the ox's back.
3. Hitch oriented in the direction you want to pull so the ox doesn't need to step sideways to get lined up
It is also possible for a team of oxen to turn their yoke. If they both turn 180 degrees, but in opposite directions, the yoke has to flip. Said another way, if they swing their tails apart until their tails meet again, the yoke will be forced to turn.
Single or team, turning the yoke is obviously to be avoided; it could result in bruising the oxen's neck or throat.
Snow, ice, mud or manure in the coat of the ox robs the fur of its insulating value. The currycomb is the ideal tool to keep the ox's coat clean and dry. While many a feedlot steer may survive without ever being touched by a currycomb, its frequent application certainly adds to the creature's comfort.
|Grooming the Ox with a Currycomb|