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19 Hands x 6

This six-horse Percheron Hitch team opened the Cheyenne Frontier Days 2000 rodeo events. The ground pounding I felt was not an earthquake, but graceful and beautifully groomed 2000-pound draft horses working in unison. It was an awe inspiring experience to hear the crowd hush as the drivers talk to their hitches. A lot of people probably do not realize that voice commands are a big part of how they control their horses. "Team-Up!" the wagon master called. The right lead gelding started off rearing, then settled and leaned into the harness.

"19 Hands x 6" 24"x36" oil ©2000 Deborah Rae Nelson