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Free event pairs public with gentle giants

Michele Van Hare

The jingle of harness, the clip clop of huge hooves, even the smell of horses working, all seem to fit the autumn days that are here. If you’d like to experience these things, come to the free Draft Horse Open House being hosted at Mountain View Stables on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

This event, once hosted yearly in January is returning; in the season many remember as a favorite time to take a hay ride.

There will be free wagon rides for everyone and opportunities to interact with Shires, Percherons, other draft horses and their owners. Public guests will be able to watch and participate in grooming, harnessing, hitching, and driving demonstrations. Do you know the difference between a hame and a yoke?, a check line and quarter strap? You’ll be able to learn while watching or participating in the harnessing of these horses. This is your chance to pick up a harness that weighs 25 to 50 pounds, braid a mane on a 17 to 18 hand horse, and hold the lines with a teamster. Or just come and pet a gentle giant.

If you are new to draft horses, this is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more from experienced owners. If you have had horses in your past, this is a great time to share your stories and visit. All fans of draft horses, young and old, are welcome, but please leave your dogs and other pets at home. Information on what services are available from various owners will also be handy – do you need a carriage ride for a wedding or an historical presentation? Would you like driving lessons? Do you know what to look for when buying harness, shopping for equipment, finding a farrier? Ask and we will do our best to answer all your questions.

Just for fun there will be a Draft Horses versus Humans Tug-o-War at 2:30 p.m.

Dress for the weather – there is an indoor arena available so the event will run rain or shine. Mountain View Stable is at 2100 S E Frontage Rd, (I-25 just south of Prospect Rd.) Fort Collins, Colo.

For more information please call (970) 663-4201.

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