In this new FECTU webinar, Alfred Ferrís talks to us about Modern Animal Traction in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), its evolution, its challenges, directions and future lines.
Alfred Ferrís García is an organic farmer and has worked with animals (mainly mares and horses) for more than 30 years.
He currently works as a self-employed person doing work with animal traction for third parties, as well as consulting work, mainly in the field of viticulture and forestry, both in the private and public spheres.
Valencian of origin, of traditional Valencian horticultural training and self-taught.
It collaborates periodically with training schools, entities and associations offering courses, training, talks or demonstrations on the modern use of animal traction in agriculture or forestry.
He is a founding member of the Spanish Association of Animal Traction (Anta-La Esteva).
He is recognized as a trainer in Animal Traction by the "Lycee Agricole de Montmorillon" (France) within the training and quality program Equus-Gaia.
This webinar is in Spanish.
Fourth (and last) part of the webinars about the education of a young working horse (in French).
De Meulenaer Manu, 1955, Flemish, Belgian and proud of being.
The horse has always galloped in his head. Young he saw the last working horses in the fields and streets. He reads a lot on the horse for lack of the "true". From these 25 years, he gives free rein to his passion and emotion "horse". In Germany he learned the Achenbach system at 2 and 4, in Hungary the Hungarian system and others at Fülöp Sandor. He became a driving instructor in Holland, Ad Aarts. He competed from 1982 to 2004 at 2.4 and in tandem, his personal hobby. He focuses especially on the instruction of the driver and the young team horse first but very quickly on the young working horse. He is the co-author of several driving manuals. But his greatest pleasure is training young work horses to harness. The horse instructs him on the techniques to use, but he trains them first alone ... they must walk on their own legs ...
Third part of the webinars about the education of a young working horse (in French).
Jean-Louis Cannelle is undoubtedly one of the best known figures in the world of draught horses in France. He was born on a farm and never stopped breeding, training and using Comtois horses. Many drivers attended his training courses and for decades he is fighting for the recognition and the promotion of animal traction.
Second part of the webinars about the education of a young working horse (in French).
Henri was a school teacher, an agricultural engineer and one of the last cavalry officers trained by the Swiss Army. For 38 years he produced milk on his farm in the Swiss Jura, at an altitude of 1.200 m above sea level. He did all the farmwork with Franches-Montagnes horses, but also bred and trained horses, mainly of this Swiss breed. The FM breeding society elected him as it’s first chairman. He also trained people and all his life he was a strong supporter of animal traction, for ecological, societal and mental reasons. Today his activities still are closely linked to the use of horses: riding, driving a horse-drawn sledge for tourists, giving training courses in logging etc.