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Le Jardin de la Fouarge

Cart horse agriculture.

Story by Sébastien Nunes March 15th, 2015

The Project

Sarah is a brave young girl. Living in a small village in Belgium she decided to buy a field and a cart horse to start farming organic vegetables and sell the vegetables in the area. Her project started at the end of last year when she bought a two year old mare and a field. As she doesn’t know much about cart horses and Petula (the mare) needs to be trained, she sent Petula to a horse-trainer and Sarah comes once a week to learn how to handle the horse and make Petula used to pull different kinds of tools. That’s where I met Sarah & Petula for the first time.

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Sarah needs to learn the basics on how to strap the horse. And Marc, the groom, is a good teacher. He’s currenlty hosting five horses and he spends many hours every week to train each one individually.

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Two young ladies ready to learn their new job.

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Those guys are waiting for their turn

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First Sarah and Petula are doing rounds in the field while being supervised by Marc.
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Sometimes Petula sets off in the wrong direction or just starts pulling more than expected. But Sarah is very patient and always overcomes Petula’s temper.

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So she keeps walking with the horse, while being watched by the males.


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It’s never the wrong time to stop for a break and enjoy the moment.

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Sometimes Marc loses control of the horses he‘s training and this is what happens. So the others just stop and wait until the wild horse is taken back in hand.

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Then Sarah and Petula keep walking while the others are watching the show.

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Now it’s time to use a real tool and train Petula to walk in line and to do U-turns.

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Both Sarah and Petula are fast learners and their progress are obvious.

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And that’s already the end of this day of work for Sarah and Petula. I’ll meet those two yound ladies again very soon.

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Footnote: You can follow Le Jardin de la Fouarge on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lafouarge
Bastogne, Belgique