I was reminded of this today as I watched Intern Virginia take her first steps behind a draft horse in the empty barnyard of Howell Farm. Farmer Jeremy watched closely.
"Line management is the hardest part of driving," Farmer Jeremy imparted. Instead of 10 and 2, Jeremy explained to Virginia the importance of keeping the right amount of tension on the lines, how to pick up slack, body positioning. Never drop the lines.
There are apparently some different schools of thought when it comes to driving horses. "I'm not teaching you high-end driving," Jeremy said. "I'm teaching you dirt farmer driving."