Select an area below to learn more about our draft animals including fun activities and crafts, videos and educational material!
Draft Horse Coloring Pages Download coloring pages featuring draft horses in action.
Meet our SteersWhat are steers and oxen and how do they help around the farm? Try out the teamster commands!
How Do You Train Steers?
The trainer, known as a teamster, begins the training when the steers are just a few weeks old. Read more here about what’s involved in training.
Draft Animal Terminology
Check out this list of draft animal common words and the commands used in training oxen.
What is a Draft Animal?
Learn about what is a draft animal and how they were used on the farm.
The Rise of Draft Horses
Before the mid 1800s, the ox was the preferred draft animal on most farms. What changes happened that made draft horses become more popular?
Draft Animal Shoeing
Horses wear shoes and sometimes oxen do too. Let’s take a look at the different shoes and how they help the draft animals perform their tasks.
What is an Ox Anyway? – May 12
Learn about the difference between an ox and a steer. Meet our Jersey steers, Colt and Rooster .
Why Do Steers Have Horns?
Find out how and why steers and oxen use their horns as brakes when pulling wagons and other equipment.
Meet Luke & Lonnie: Christine introduces us to the Billings Farm draft horse team. Learn more about the history of draft horses in Vermont.
Wagon Ride Wednesday: Sit in the driver’s seat with Amy Deome, Billings Farm’s teamster for a ride with Luke and Lonnie, our Percheron draft horses.
How to train a steer: Find out what it takes to train working steers from our friends at Green Mountain Teamsters 4H.