[Sca-cooks] Cow harness
t.d.decker at att.net
Tue Nov 10 20:37:01 PST 2009
> Judith Epstein wrote:
>> I thought cows and their boyfriends (oxen, bulls, same word) were on
>> yokes, and draft horses were on halters. No?
> No, no, and no.
> oxen != bulls
An ox is generally a castrated male while a bull is an uncastrated male.
> A *yoke* is a wooden beam which is used between a pair of oxen in harness
> to allow them to pull a load. A halter is a piece of headgear that allows
> animals to be led, similar to a bridle but with no bit. Horses doing heavy
> work such as ploughing have harnesses with full collars.
> Antonia di Benedetto Calvo
More precisely a yoke is a wooden device consisting of a bar and two bows
which allow draft animals to pull a load. Harness refers generally to any
similar device that is not a yoke. A halter is a device of rope or strap
that fits to an animal's head or neck to help control the animal.
I must admit my knowledge of these things is limited to learning the
terminology helping a friend (who was picky about the vocabulary) during a
National Appaloosa Horse Show yea many years ago. I have a preference for
mechanical steeds over biological steeds.
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