"First thing on a horse would be your collar, you'd take your collar and you'd put that on your horse. Then you come back and get your – oh, what did they call it anyway, the horns – but you took your, the back part of your saddle off of that hook – you had a lot of hooks out there – about that long, they would come out like this and curve up and then underneath there was another little curve. You could hang like your bridles or something on there. In fact that's what it was, it was bridles. So your whole harness is on this top one outside of your, and your collar was on there to start with... You see the two horns of the saddle and that goes up over this collar and down in a groove. And then that's cinched up at the bottom part and that's where your tugs, your lugs are, and they go back and you're back to the back part of your horse. And then there's chains, long loop chains, probably four or five loops. And then up on the butt of your horse is a little trap deal that fits with a cog like that and that's, them hooks would go into, into that first, like when you didn't have the horse hooked up. So you go and take them out and go to a tongue, straddle a tongue with these two horses. And you unhook these and they go back to the – well the tongue comes up and hooks to these collars with a neck yoke, they call it a neck yoke. Then on the back where you hook these chains into these for pulling on your double tree or single tree – it was a double tree on two horses or you even had three or two together and one was separate, like three horses to a plow or very seldom three horses cause that was quite a load for horses. Normally it was two double trees for four horses or maybe two out front to yet... If they got sore shoulders from their collars, that's where they do all their pulling is from the front end of the horse, you took care of that wound cause it was, the little pad maybe had it rubbed raw and you could just feel for them, you know. So you took care of your horses. You had to saddle or you had to harness horses everyday, you know, that wasn't, once you did that why a few times why that wasn't too tough. You just had to grab your harness right and throw it over and put the collar on and throw the harness on and hook the cinch belt"

Clyde Ehlers - Harnessing a horse to a plow


Other Excerpts from Clyde Ehlers' Interview:

What is open pollinated corn?
How crops were rotated
What is a "bang board"?
Threshing day
Raising chickens
Harnessing a horse to a plow
Working on the farm