Working horses is a tradition on both sides of my family going back generations. Many of the men were employed as head horsemen on large estates, like my grandfather Thomas Scully second from the left. My uncle Pat Scully is standing third from the left.
Head horsemen were responsible for all the farmwork to be done with the horses, and the training of the young work horses coming on. Dealing with the estate owner or farm manager the head horseman also decided the daily work schedule for the other horsemen.
My maternal great grandfather about to cut a field of corn with a reaper and binder in Offaly, where our people are from. The horses appear to be a pair of Irish Draughts which are considered to be a light - to - medium draught horse.
To learn more about our native draught horse breed go to
'Irish Draught Horse Resource Guide' at http://www.irishdraughthorsebook.com/