Examples of projects Sterling Draft Animal Power Systems Minors have worked on:

  • The Short End of the Stick: Calculating the effort of constant loads at three different evener orientations.
  • Feed and forage analysis for the working horse.
  • Horse as Therapy.
  • Cable and pulley system for extraction of out-of-reach logs for a horse-focused logging operation.
  • Rehabilitative hoof care: A case study in the management of sidebone and founder in a 10 year old mare.  
  • Analysis of three barefoot trimming systems: Application and adjustments for heavy horses.

Examples of organizations Sterling graduates have worked for:

  • Earthbound Forestry Services
  • Black Dirt Farm
  • Earthwise Farm & Forest
  • New Traditions Homestead
  • Boerson Farm

The list below includes required and elective courses for this major. Specific requirements can be found on the major checklist. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for their major.

Title Course ID Credits Start Term Faculty
Draft Animal Power Systems I: Driving Principles AS174A 3 Winter Intensive Elsa Acerbo
Draft Animal Power Systems II: Work Applications AS179 3 May Intensive Elsa Acerbo
Draft Animal Power Systems III: Farming with Draft Horses AS285 2 Long Block Elsa Acerbo
Farrier Science: Introduction to Horse and Cattle Hoof Trimming AS365A 3 Long Block Rick Thomas
Restorative Forestry AS274 4 Intensive Rick Thomas
Woodlot Practices AS105 2 Long Block Adrian Owens
  • Working with draft horses is exhilarating, physically exhausting, and one heck of a challenge. Yet, despite the challenge, I find this type of work very rewarding, and a humbling endeavor.

    Spencer Mast

    Class of 2017

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