​Is Horse Drawn Farming for Me?

 

The decision whether or not to adopt horse-drawn farming in your operation has many components. Are you interested in farming with horses as a source of power? Do you already employ horses in your operation in some way?  Do you want to be involved in agricultural production, logging, or agritourism in a way that uses horses as a means of power? Are you interested in or confined to agricultural production on a small scale and/or in a diversified manner?

The Horse-Drawn Farming Readiness Assessment Tool (HDFRA Tool) can assist you in making decisions surrounding the use of horse-drawn power in your agricultural operation. The HDFRA Tool is an interactive tool designed to assist you in evaluating some of the qualitative aspects of this decision.

The Horse-Drawn Farming Readiness Assessment Tool

The HDFRA Tool is an interactive tool that incorporates your individual parameters to return individualized recommendations about the expected degree of difficulty you may encounter in pursuing horse-drawn farming. This tool incorporates levels of your current horse knowledge, knowledge about the revenue generating portion of your business, alignment with lifestyle/values, and available resources. These elements are combined to make a personalized recommendation about whether horse-drawn farming is a good choice for your operation and help to identify areas where you may benefit from additional learning, information, or consideration. 


Download the tool  (Excel spreadsheet) 
 

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