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Shrimp-Fishing Horses

For nearly 700 years, the shrimpers of Oostduinkerke, Belgium, have been training draft horses to help them pursue the local catch. Typically weighing more than 2,000 pounds, these horses are well suited to the task of carrying fishermen through the cold waters of the North Sea. Yet despite its historical importance, Oostduinkerke is the last place on Earth to use this traditional form of fishing. Currently, just 19 or so fishermen continue the practice.

We thought you’d enjoy this 2:38 video of Stefan Hanke and his son Lukas carrying on an old tradition.

Thanks to Best Horse Practices for sharing this video with us.

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