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Re: Amish plowing

The Amish plowing I have watched starts early in the am with the father or older son breaking the ground with a team of 6-----mostly mules for strength, with one horse for leading.   Next the teen boy [s] take the ground through the various stages, with the chunks of dirt getting smaller, each time around.  By late afternoon, the mother is in on the final raking, with just 2 animals. 

 

Of course this varies.   Sometimes the ground has to sit a day or so,  after the first time 'round, in order for it to dry  a little.  I think the mother does the final one because she enjoys driving  & for her, it's 'recreational.'  Others I have watched used  teams of 4 draft horses, which are huge & so, make the driver appear smaller/younger than he really is.   All the teams I've seen in PA doing spring plowing, etc. were in one wide row.  Not sure how they hitch to do other farm work, as the summer goes by.   Often, a younger son [or daughter] can be seen taking the team to & from the field for the father/older son[s].  

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