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Riding on a forecart across the fallow alfalfa field, participants at the draft horse clinic learned how to drive a team of horses for 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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