In the early days of our area, before tractors were invented, horses were an integral part of farming. They brought the pioneers here in their covered wagons and helped them establish the boundaries of their homesteads.
Horses were used for plowing, planting, harvesting, mowing hay, threshing grain and gathering the hay crops.
The first hay binders were cumbersome, and it took four horses to pull them; in a few years, they were improved so that they only required three. Horses were sometimes worked to exhaustion, so one person had the job of bringing out fresh horses to relieve the tired ones.
In 1926, teams of horses were brought in by area farmers to remove the dirt from the interior of the swimming pool in preparation for the cement bottom.
Blacksmiths were in demand to make shoes for the horses including shoes with caulks for traction on snow and ice.
The Lake Preston Museum has a nice collection of equipment used in the early days. This collection includes an assortment of bits for various uses, nose baskets for fly control, shoes, bridles, a leather “sheet” to keep flies off the horses’ bodies, a metal feed scoop, twin neck yoke and horse collar to name a few