Farm is a 55 acre farm in the foot hills of the Green Mountains.
Located on a gravel road in New Haven, VT and owned by Pat And
Cathy Palmer it is an intimate setting for the many guests who
come to enjoy the horses and beautiful scenery. Cathy and Pat
love to share their experience with and affection for the horses
they raise, train and work.
grew up with horses of many types and learned to ride and drive
as a youngster. Her father was a popular farrier with a superior
eye for good horses and taught her how to step back and evaluate
each of the horses she fell in love with, which was pretty much
all of them.
unsuspectingly , married into horses and at first was content
to be a cheerful observer. For several years Cathy bought horses
to school and re-sell. Pat was an interested helper but it wasn't
until the fall of 1979 when they bought a two year old Belgian
along with two saddle horses that Pat got the bug, HARD. Since
then we have never been without draft horses.
this area of Vermont nearly everyone with draft horses has Belgians
but Pat and Cathy were fascinated by the beautiful dapple gray
Percherons they saw at the Champlain Valley Fair and decided
to purchase Percherons. It didn't take long to realize that
the horses were going to have to help pay for themselves if
they were going to keep them. It seemed a natural to offer wagon
rides as a way to help defray the expenses of feed, Vet and
foot care. Sleighrides soon were added along with the occasional
wedding. At first rides were confined to the farm but as word
of mouth spread they began to get requests to travel with the
horses to various events. Suddenly they were in business. They
began to seek out more ways to use the horses for work purposes.
In early 1979 Pat learned that the nearby village of Bristol
was looking to contract out their trash and recycling pick-up.
Pat had read about a trash collection business in Oregon and
Cathy had seen the "Old rags and bottles" man on the
busy streets of Lawrence , Massachusetts when she was a child.
Pat thought , "why not horse drawn pick-up in Bristol?"
The town manager was receptive to the idea and Pat was awarded
the contract over three conventional bidders.
original pair of percherons, Luke and Zac, were probably the
most photographed horses in Vermont once they started that route.
They were on "Good Morning America", In the Boston
Herald, The New York Times and the Draft Horse Journal to name
a few. Chief and Spud have taken over the route since Luke and
Zac were retired and are equally as good. They both work single
and double and are at home hauling heavy trash loads or pulling
a fancy carriage.
the well behaved horses on the streets of Bristol has lead to
many requests for training horses from around the state. They
use round pen training and all horses go single and double and
are backed. In order to receive adequate individual attention
only two horses are in training at a time.
Farm is still growing with new trail systems being added and
plans for more rotational grazing. Two new two year olds are
in the barn waiting for their moment to shine. They've already
been entertaining the many tour bus groups, who come for rides,
with their antics in the pasture. Pat and Cathy invite you to
come and share their respect for the working horse.