HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. —When is a 3/4-ton workhorse a chicken? When the doctor and dentist come to visit, maybe?
Visitors and horses will find out on Saturday, March 18, when the horse doctor, dentist and shoer make their rounds at Howell Living History Farm from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors will see some of the tools, techniques and products that relate to horse care as it was practiced during the farm’s 1890-1910 time period, as well as be able to meet a veterinarian, an equine dentist and a farrier, and even try their own hand at a bit of horse doctoring.
At 11 a.m., visitors can watch the horse doctor give spring shots and worming medicine to the farm’s draft horses; at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., see a horse dentist float a horse's teeth. This process files down sharp points that can develop on a horse’s molars. During the afternoon, visitors can watch farmers weigh animals as part of their spring health check, and see how a farrier trims and puts shoes on horses’ feet. Throughout the day, kids will be able to listen to a horse’s heart through an antique stethoscope and learn how to determine the age of a horse by examining its teeth. Parking and admission are free.
Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. The GPS location is 70 Wooden's Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information, call the farm office at (609) 737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org or www.mercercountyparks.org.