Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pineywoods Breed of Ox Pulls With Sweatpad/Hames Combination

Golem Kennels of rural Pittsboro, North Carolina, use a pair of ox hames padded with a sweat pad (made for use with a horse collar), for hitching their single ox.

Asked if they are happy with the results they replied that they like the sweat pad/wooden hames combination.

"He is comfortable in it, it takes no time at all to put on - just as fast or faster than a yoke," they said, "He's comfy and his movement is not restricted."

Working in the tight spaces of a small wooded farm, they don't want things sticking out that could snag on trees. "His horns are bad enough, but he turns his head and figures those out himself."

Click here to see Albert the Pineywoods ox in padded hames.

Click here to see Albert pulling a hay bale with the combination.

Pineywoods Cattle Registry and Breeders Association (PCRBA)

Ox Collar with Nearly Straight Hames

A Woman and Children in a Wagon Pulled by an Single Ox
Saint-Antonin, Qu├ębec, 1918
Marius Barbeau Collection (1883-1969)
© Canadian Museum of Civilization

Adjustable Three-Pad Collar for Oxen

Richard Roosenberg discusses the merits and demerits of the three-pad ox collar in Tillers International's 1997 Online TechGuide:

 Adjustable Three-Pad Ox Collar
Steiman and Boss, 1934

Swiss or German Three Point Harness for Cattle

Three Pad Harness for Cattle
 Harnessing and Implements for Animal Traction
by Paul Starkey, 1989
Paul Starkey elaborated on what he saw as some of the pros and cons of the three point harness in chapter four of his 1989 book Harnessing and Implements for Animal Traction. The book is available online in it's entirety on the Animal Traction Information Gateway website. It can be downloaded in French or English. 
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