SFET French Working Equids Society
The French Working Equids Society SFET was founded in 2012 and is meant to be the contact for national authorities regarding all the issues concerning the French working equid breeds, that is 7 donkey breeds, 2 mule breeds, 9 draught horse breeds and 8 local breeds of horses and poneys, in total 24 breeds counting 225.000 animals.
In order to reverse the decline in the birth rate of these breeds the SFET is committed on different action levels: developing tools allowing to produce animals that meet the demand of the market ( characterization, selection, valorisation, marketing) and organize the exchange between producers of good working equids and their customers.
This practical guide was published by the French National Studs LES HARAS NATIONAUX - IFCE in 2012 in order to promote and support the use of working horses in urban surroundings.Indeed the number of French towns and villages using horses for different services (collecting litter, transporting people, up-keeping parks and natural spaces, prevention-security etc.) went up from some 15 in 2001 to nearly 300 today. The booklet presents the possible horse-based services and their benefits and weaknesses, informs about suitable animals and available equipment, gives examples of successful experiences and advice on how to prepare and realize projects in accord with specific local conditions.
The second volume written by Stephen Leslie "picks up where the first volume left off and digs farther into the nuts and bolts, identifying and using the equipment that will allow you to operate a successful draft-animal-powered market garden.The theme of the 'Basic Tool Kit' will help you to understand the function of each horse-drawn implement necessary for market gardening. Picking up on the concept of an 'Essential Equipment List' used extensively in the first book, we will examine the function and use of all the implements typically employed on a contemporary draft-animal-powered market garden and illustrate these points with insightful 'Farm Profiles' and 'Home built Solutions' provided by more than 60 draft-animal-powered farmers and equipment manufacturers from across the North American continent and Europe."