Respect opens the way | Weekly Journal of Agriculture and Rural Life

When horses and tractors meet, it is people who meet first. It can end either way; Here are two scenes that happened sometime somewhere.

Patience is not infinite

Scene I) It’s a cold evening in October. After a sunny autumn day, it’s already getting dark, the headlights of the tractor in my training company are showing the moisture in the air. 19:55 is written on the tractor’s dashboard. But there is still some time before the end of the day: the last hectares of wheat still have to be planted – and rain is expected tomorrow.

The track connects an adjacent indoor stable with a riding lounge. Although it’s dark, I’m not surprised when the working lights paint a horse coming about 100 meters away at night. I braked immediately. “Somehow the horse has to make it to the riding arena and come back,” I guess. At the same time, the knight frantically jumps off her horse, nervously holding the reins.

Horses cannot be born fit to walk on the road

This is a signal for me to stop. I probably wouldn’t miss 30 seconds of my life, and horses couldn’t be bred safely in traffic. When the horse cannot get past the stationary tractor, turn off all the headlights one by one: front, rear and side until only the parking light comes on. It’s been more than a minute now.

I slowly began to think about what still needed to be done: “Fill the seed pits, go back to the field, sow the last rows, go back to the farm, put the tractor down the hall, go home, and take a shower. By the time I’m in bed , it should be around 11 p.m., tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. the milking will start again.” So it’s clear to me: every minute of delay costs me a minute of my already scanty sleep. So I gradually get impatient when a passenger signals to me that I should stop the locomotive completely.

fingerprints in the field

But I do too: “Maybe things move forward.” But what begins next is – at least it seems – a never-ending training session for the horse. The rider encourages her horse to walk two meters forward, then back three metres, four meters forward, two meters to the side, and into the newly seeded field. Hoof prints stand out clearly over tens of meters in the newly guarded field.

After some time, the rider was able to lead her horse past the tractor – a successful training session for her. The inertia deprived me of valuable work time, which I had to put to the end. The rider must complete the following training with a large vehicle in a yard with a stationary tractor. As long as the poor stressed animal is not safe in traffic, she has to stay with him in the riding arena.

This is just a consideration

Scene two) I am walking on a dirt road. Next to it lies the silo grass in the aerial rows. A large tractor turns a silage wagon into the field. The driver leads the team to the patch directly on the dirt road. I rode to the nearest lane so he could pass. I know my horse is awesome with tractors and waiting. Nothing happens. The tractor is still at the end of the field. “The driver would probably put something on the silage trailer,” I guess, because I’ve seen that happen. So I’m still waiting. As a racer, I don’t want to bother with work.

Farmers and Knights – a difficult subject

And you know it, farmers and knights – a tricky topic. I wave in the direction of the tractor and want to point out: “You can drive. My horse knows the tractors, he does not panic.” When the tractor still does not move after a while, it is enough for me: “Not then.”

The team is still in place. When I’m at his level, I realize what’s going on. The farmer had turned off the engine and was waiting for us. I tested this a few times this summer, a farmer turning the tractor off when I came in for a ride. Now I wanted to know and asked the driver. “It’s very simple, it’s all about consideration,” he says. When we are out of sight, the engine starts.

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