Draft Horse Basics: ANS 141

This is a 2 credit class available to all students.

Course Description:  Safe handling, hitching, and driving of draft horses.

Contact Information:  Cara O'Connor, instructor (oconn107@msu.edu)

Course Objectives:

  1. Students will understand the history of draft horses and gain an appreciation of heavy horse conformation.
  2. Students will become familiar with safely handing draft horses.
  3. Students will learn the parts of the harness and equipment used in heavy horse operations.
  4. Students will learn how to properly hitch horses to specific pieces of equipment.
  5. Students will learn how to ground rive horses, drive singly or in a team



Fall 2003



Spring 2004

Ground driving3 abreast                                                      

                                                                Flora on the single cart

Flora trotting on the single cart.                                       Small Animals Day                 

Students driving Greta and Coronel on the wagon.


Great Lakes Fall 2007


Class Spring 2008