Use of horses for communal services and protection of environment.
The objectives of Natura 2000 and the eco-labels, as well by the environmental protection lobby of recent years, have contributed to the Ardennes draft horse’s riveting comeback, as the traditional logging process favored by man and horse has proven to be ecologically sound, giving the horse and horsemanship required of its owner considerable appeal in the 21st century. The use of draft horses can provide much needed lumber whilst being cost-effective. This may be observed by a large number of modern equipment for traditional horse-work in the field of environmental protection that is actually suitable for the horses and provides a viable alternative to the robust and damaging machines typically in use.
Current field equipment for horse work itself tells a story about the unique transformation of old tractor parts, mowers and Tedder rakes into modern horsegoing field-work equipment. In most cases, the equipment is a historic replica made to exact specifications. Fitted with modern materials and yet combining ancient know-how, all aspects of this complex toolage is powered by the Ardennes’ horses’ spectacular physical strength – off of which heavy-duty workloads, for example milling, mulching and harrowing – can be processed by a unique combination of auxiliary engines mounted on the cart before the horse. These engine powered trolleys are a recent development. The vehicle works off of a single axle with two, three or even four wheels and is orchestrated by a masterful front-mounted driver overseeing the unique combination of animal and machine working in symbiosis.
By virtue of recent developments with regards to the front-mounted engine-powered trolleys that reside before the horse, an increasing number of farm implements expressly suited to using the draft horse as a central feature in the work process are being made available and facilitate the transition from horse to tractor These ancient horsemanship skills comingled with modern methods and equipment ensure the practice is never dated.
Due to its agility and mobility, the horse is able to work in dense woodlands without incurring environmental damage. This spectacular animal encounters no problems, be it navigating the labyrinthine forests or descending steep slopes, the draft horse is sure-footed and a steady partner. The horse is capable of working without damaging the local topography – be that wetlands or rare and sensitive habitats where soil erosion and polluting irritants like fossil fuels and oil are never an issue due to the horse’s naturally low carbon footprint.
In addition, the use of horses in care methods contributes significantly to the survival of horse breeds to cool endangered. Using machines in agriculture and forestry, but also in the field of communal services, the horses were, or rather are replaced as horses and plowing. It would therefore be desirable and important to promote its use spread.
The museum Ardennes horses "Robbesscheier" already allows.
Additionally, the broad return of the Ardennes’ horse to the fields of environmental stewardship and civic service significantly alters the relative decline of the animal both in terms of its celebrated bloodlines and is perhaps the best form of staving off the loss of endangered breeds that have been inextricably linked with the region for centuries. The horse has seen a steady slide out of existence in view of the major machines typically in use for agriculture and forestry, but also in the delivery of community-based services where it has lost much of its once grand prestige and local importance. It is therefore highly desirable and indeed important that the horse’s unique contributions be celebrated and spread further afield so that all may come to recognize its just vitality in the local culture.
The Robbesscheier Museum is already well on its way leading the charge to celebrate this magnificent animal.
The Robbesscheier is a perfect example or the harmonious interweave of landscape stewardship and natural habitat conservation. The frequent degradation of local landscapes due to soil erosion, loss of fauna and naturally occurring flora brought on by the use of industrial machines can be greatly reduced by the reintroduction of work horses. This is truly where the horse shines. And the Ardennes‘horse has practical utility beyond brute work: be it municipal services or communal chores, many examples of the return of the horse to cities has proven effective and helpful to local needs, be that watering flowers or simply picking up litter.
The "Domaine touristique du cheval de trait ardennais – Robbesscheier" of Munshausen, in the Clervaux Commune, promotes the Ardennes' draft horse in all aspects of daily life, be that environmental protection, communal services, agriculture or logging. The Tourist Center depicts the many possibilities available for the horse in modern life through case studies and the use of rare tools and implements. The modern horse’s viability as a practical animal is demonstrated by feasibility studies that showcase the horse’s effectiveness not only on costs but on ecological optimisation methods as well.
The "Domaine touristique du cheval de trait ardennais – Robbesscheier" of Munshausen seeks to promote the viability of the great work horse within modern implementation and standard working methods, with the ultimate goal of showing a wider public the enormous benefits associated with horse related environmental work.
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