Wednesday, May 24, 2006
You were probably expecting a photo of a burly labor organizer, but this more accurately represents a teamster. The term originated to describe the driver of a team of draft animals, in this case a team of yoked oxen.
Unlike horses, these are animals are driven and their movements controlled by voice and with the use of a goad, a type of switch. The goad is used to get and keep the animals attention. It's not used as a whip.
The animals start their training shortly after birth. It's amazing to see them in action. The teamster can back them up turning right or left, sort of like a muscular 18-wheeler.