That’s Dick Huttinga and two of his Percheron draft horses, Mac and Mitch, drawing a side delivery hay rake through a field south of Bozeman recently. Dick and his brother-in-law Larry Thomas like to use draft horses and old farming equipment to do work. They let me take pictures while Dick was raking hay and while they were harvesting oats and then threshing the oats while using Al Lien’s 1940 John Deere tractor, complete with flywheel starter. “Jesus Christ, we go to a lot of work just to have fun for a couple of days,” Lien said.
This is a personal project of mine. I’m planning to check back in with Dick and Larry. There’s something about those big horses. I don’t know what it is.