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Written by Thérèse
(3/19/2013 2:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I doubt that..., penned by Alison Y
Well, it seems that in England, a XVIIIth century rise of the shire/clydesdale breeds fit to plough, and able to walk on hard roads, led to the decline in the use of oxen, logically confined to farms of the middling sort, rich enough to have a pair of oxen, but not enough for a pair of such horses, that were expensive to feed (in very poor parts of South-Western France, they were bred, when ploughing, with a mixture of corn leaves, fern etc, that they hated and were fed forceibly).
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