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Melody and Kenneth CoppLate one winter morning in March, I pulled in to the Belfast Co-op parking lot with our faithful horse Melody and one of our closed carriages. Having been horse-drawn for more than 12 years, I was not trying to get attention or put on a historical reenactment. It is our way of life now, and I had some business in town that day.

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PrinceThis is the story of a Prince, perhaps more than one; and like many good stories this one started with an enormous and endlessly growing pile of manure, thanks to a man who repeatedly never comes to take it away. So I did the obvious thing finally, and put a “wanted – manure spreader” ad in Uncle Henry's.

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William ButlerDairy farmer William Butler of Barnet Center, Vermont, decided the only way to keep farming was to sell three gas guzzling tractors and rely on mighty horsepower. When gas prices rose and milk prices dropped, Butler sold three of his four tractors and, after a short stint working off the farm, started using horses the old-fashioned way.

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The energy input required by a diesel tractor running on farmstead soybean oil equals that of a team of horses, according to the Land Institute in Kansas. However, the horses can replace themselves, while the tractor cannot.

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Natural Horse Magazine, a new, monthly publication, began in January 1999 with a focus on natural care for horses and other animals.

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