Don't you love the looks of these "heavy" horses!? Horses were used on farms much longer than in other industries. In the US, many farms didn't get their first tractor until the 1950's.
Work horses are beautiful. When I played in our farm's barn as a young girl I would look at all of the halters and leather horse gear hanging on nails in the barn, but the horses were long gone. Later, when I lived in Western Nebraska the local parade brought out numerous heavy horses and there were so many different groups of them that they got to go before the high school marching bands, something that would have never been allowed in Eastern Nebraska. (and that was in the late 80's)I plan to start posting old pics such as this once a week. We need to be reminded of the farming ways of the not so distant past IMO.
I too saw those harnesses and halters in the barn or machine shed for decades after the horses were retired. The horse was still a back-up option for a long time after those "new-fangled" tractors arrived on the scene. I think that Ted Kooser also mentioned seeing these old harnesses in his book "Local Wonders".
I think that Ted Kooser also mentioned seeing these old harnesses in his book "Local Wonders".Interesting comment since I also own that book (autographed). I was invited to visit Ted at his work studio with close friend of mine who had him as her prof writing adviser when I lived in Lincoln and he was the poet laureate. It was one of those things I never got around to that I now regret.