I laughed out loud when I saw this little gem at the Hat Creek Ranch near Cache Creek last weekend. I fully admit to thinking “Why would they need to put a horse on a treadmill? They’d get enough cardio just working the farm like usual.” DOH! Yeah, I felt really foolish.
It’s actually a pretty genius idea. Have a couple of horses TREAD on this contraption, which spins the gears, allowing you to MILL your grain. Yes, you got it, Tread-Mill… I know, GROAN! They did use the energy produced to do other things like power the plunger bit on the machine that makes bales of hay.