Why the use of a horse?
Precision and finesse
Ploughing is one of the most delicate tasks maintaining the vineyards, especially when the vine is young because we need to be as close as possible from the vine, without damaging them. Horse ploughing allows a great precision, adaptability to the right speed and it is safer for the vines. Indeed, while a tractor would not feel any resistant to a hooked vine, the horse feels the resistance and stops. Thus, we avoid accidentally uprooting vines, especially where the vines are more fragile.
Working the vines with a horse rather than a tractor avoids soil compaction. The pressure exerted on the ground by a horse in action is greater (per square centimeter) than a tractor. This way, we preserve all the microbial life present in the soil and essential to the vine, the agronomic potential of the soil is better exploited and better prepared for better water infiltration, which helps build up water resources in depth.