|Welcome to the Pennsylvania Draft Horse and Mule Association
We strive to promote all facets and interests of the draft horse and mule industry in Pennsylvania.
For years, draft horses and mules were instrumental in the transportation of goods and
the farming of crops. With the innovation of gasoline-powered equipment, the number
of draft animals dropped rapidly; almost to extinction.
Fortunately, draft horse enthusiasts have reversed this trend. Currently, the draft horse
and mule industry has experienced dramatic growth in popularity.
Members of the Pennsylvania Draft Horse & Mule Association have several different breeds
including: Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons, Shires, Suffolks, Draft Mules, and
Draft Horse Shows
PA Draft Horse Hall
|Just a few photos below to show you how draft horses
can be and are used in today's world.
|On left, a 6 horse hitch of Belgian draft horses at a draft horse show in Harrisburg, PA.
Driving classes at most draft horse shows include single cart - mare or geldings, team
hitch, unicorn hitch, 4 horse hitch, 6 horse hitch and 8 horse hitch. Halter or confirmation
classes are also available.
On the top right, a team of Belgians plow
a field to get ready for seeding new
crops. Even today, draft horses are used
in everyday farming in Lancaster and
surrounding areas by the Amish.
Those of us that own draft horses for
pleasure also enjoy a day working the
On the bottom right, a team of mules
also plow a field. Mules are also used
for showing and farming.
|Draft horses are also used in commercial businesses for hay rides, weddings, birthday parties, country
rides, Christmas events, funerals and more!
|The PA Draft Horse and Mule Association also hold events called Ride and Drives. A location is picked to hold the drives, which
last a few hours. Afterwards, a meal or covered dish event and fellowship are enjoyed by participants.
|DRAFT HORSE PULLS
Draft horses are also used at pulls a team of
horses are hitched to a sled with weights and
pulled 27 feet 6 inches for a full pull the team that
pulls the heaviest weight wins the event.
Draft horses are still being used to log out woodland, and sometimes have an advantage over modern tractors and equipment.
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interests to see what we have to offer you.
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|Our Associaion is working to promote all facets of this industry including:
Breeding - Farming & Logging - Hitching - Pulling - Pleasure - Riding - Showing - Exhibiting
Many enjoy riding these gentle giants both for
pleasure and at shows.