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The corrals are probably a bit bigger than most - after all, those are draft horses (think the Budwieser Clydesdales) on the Tonto Basin H-4 Ranch, owned and operated by Tom and Lori Brown. The couple is known around the Rim Country for hosting 4H Ag Days, but people all over the country (and up in Canada too) know them for the clinics they host on the use of draft horses in ecologically-friendly farming.

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Harnessing horse power

Tonto Basin ranch owners share love of draft horses

If the land under the care of Bill and Lori Brown loses fertility, everything on their ranch in Tonto Basin suffers. So their draft horse clinic aims to resurrect the art of farming with horses, a sustainable method of farming. The Browns have a history of environmentalism. They were honored in 2008 by the Society for Range Management as a result of their work in redeveloping springs and maintaining 15,000 acres of land. The couple has worked on their family’s H-4 Ranch since the 1960s.


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