Oxen and Draft Horses
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Oxen Basics - 222

Oxen and student driver raking hay

Oxen Basics student trains calves

Oxen Basics students drills yoke holes

Dick teaches Oxen Basics

Oxen Basics students carves yokes by hand

This comprehensive class creates skills in driving, training, and yoking in a sequence of hands-on experiences. Enjoy well-trained oxen responding to your voice commands. Learn to select, team, and care for oxen. Use low-stress training to teach calves. Drive teams hitched to various loads, practice field tasks, and try your hand at early shop skills to shape your own small yoke (materials charges added for yokes with more than a six inch bow width). If you have a team, ask about bringing it. Make this the outstanding experience of your year!


"Dick, Dulcy, and John are excellent, patient teachers! The interns were also excellent - I was amazed at their wealth of knowledge! Great personalities." -student, 2008


"I really appreciated having so many different animals and equipment to work with. It was a great way to do so much in a relatively short time. The kitchen table talk each morning was a good way to start the day. Working on the yokes was perfect for taking a break from driving. John's demos were excellent. I was thoroughly pleased with the course. The instructors were knowledgeable, patient, and personable." -student, 2008


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Enrollment: 4 to 16

Minimum age: 12


a/ June 22-26, 2015

Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00pm* start and end times may vary after Monday morning

With Dick Roosenberg, Dulcy Perkins, John Sarge, and Larry Cooper

Precedes MODA Gathering, June 20-22, 2014


b/ August 24-28, 2015

Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00pm* start and end times may vary after Monday morning

Cook's Mill, Scotts, MI

With Dick Roosenberg, Dulcy Perkins, and John Sarge

Tuition: $425

Materials: $40 (6" or smaller yoke)

If you would like to make a larger yoke, contact the office for additional materials costs.


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