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Eight Hitch Turn - Line Dancing II by Al Bourassa

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A very impressive, all black Percheron eight horse hitch, done four-abreast, completing an initial turn pulling a large wagon on runners. One of the interesting highlights was that these eight comprise of mixed teams of four from two different owners and yet their footwork is almost in unison!! Taken Canada Day July 1/09 at the Bar U Ranch near Longview, Alberta.
The Bar U has a long history of raising purebred Percherons.
These amazing horses are bred for pulling heavy loads and have huge feet with hairy fetlocks, strong necks and shoulders and incredibly strong haunches.

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  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxover 5 years ago

    Beautifully photographed Al.. Kickin dirt & all.~:)

  • Those eight stirred up a little dust in that dry arena with those huge hooves, pulling that runnered wagon like it was a feather.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 5 years ago

    Great capture………………….

  • Thank you Adrian. I just love watching these big fellas operate.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Maureen Bloesch
    Maureen Bloeschover 5 years ago

    beautiful horses, beautiful shot!

  • Many thanks Maureen. They are great subjects.

    – Al Bourassa

  • skyhorse
    skyhorseover 5 years ago

    I’ve been awaiting for this one & it does not disappoint – awesome capture Al, aren’t they something?!

  • They truly are amazing! and Thank You for
    “Eight Hitch Turn – Line Dancing II” was featured in Everything Draft Horse …

    – Al Bourassa

  • AND

    Cheers, Al

    – Al Bourassa

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 5 years ago

    a wonderful capture with the dust kicking up !

  • I appreciate this Elaine. I’m glad I was upwind as there was a lot of dust from this action.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Lisawv
    Lisawvover 5 years ago

    Terrific shot. Beautiful horses and love how they are kicking up the dust. Great work.

  • Many thanks Lisa for looking in on my work today.

    – Al Bourassa

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Al. I have to say I have never seen this either. Excellent.

  • Many thanks Kathy. It was quite a treat to see this.

    – Al Bourassa

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    Great capture, Al. These truly are magnificent beasts!

  • It is truly amazing how animals this size can move so gracefully. Thanks Mike.

    – Al Bourassa

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkover 5 years ago

    you have a natural ease with equine subjects Al. looks like a modern day scene from Ben Hur. well done my friend.

  • What a lovely compliment James! I was lucky enough to stake out good locations for shooting despite the large crowd. And

    Cheers, Al

    – Al Bourassa

  • Jamaboop
    Jamaboopover 5 years ago

    Terrific job Al !! Was this a display put on by the Teamsters?? They did that at the State Fair in CA and we watched it one year, they amazed me at how well trained those horses were and what a thrill to watch them work together!!
    I love this photo!! You really did this right!!

  • Thank so much Bette. The Bar U Ranch raises and sells these horses so they had two owners bring in their teams of four and they combined them for this demo. It was amazing how eight horses, trained by separate owners, could work so well in unison. I have another shot to be uploaded much later where you can see all eight sets of legs synchronized to perfection. What a sight!

    – Al Bourassa

  • Oh, and,

    Cheers, Al

    – Al Bourassa

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