Irish, the Irish Draught Horse on the Old Mission Peninsula | Straebel Photo
Irish, the Irish Draught Horse | Straebel Photo
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Meet, Irish, all 1,800 pounds of him!

Irish is an Irish Draught horse, with a heart as big as he is. The breed was developed in Ireland as the working horse for Irish families. These horses had to be able to do it all: pull a plow, gallop cross-country, pull a cart to Sunday mass, and be steady enough to take little ones for rides.

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Irish’s owners, Beth and Molly Straebel, claim that Irish is a great representative of the breed. He is gentle, kind, hard-working and especially fond of children. In the winter, he sports a mustache, which makes him even more charming when he begs for the occasional treat.

Irish, the Irish Draught Horse | Straebel Photo
Irish, the Irish Draught Horse | Straebel Photo

Irish likes to hang out with his other two buddies, Fiona and Clooney. He knows a lot of fancy dressage tricks and can be seen occasionally taking a leisurely trail ride (with his owner aboard) through his Old Mission Peninsula neighborhood.

Thank you, Beth and Molly, for sharing Irish with us!

Have a pet you’d love to see featured in our “Pets of OMP” column? Email me a photo and some info about their breed, personality, etc. at [email protected].

Irish, the Irish Draught Horse on the Old Mission Peninsula | Straebel Photo
Irish, the Irish Draught Horse | Straebel Photo

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A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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  1. […] Seeking someone to help with garden/barn chores. Molly Straebel has a hobby farm and is looking for occasional workers to help with gardening, horse chores, weeding, chopping wood, etc. She says it would be ideal for a high school-aged person or just someone looking for some occasional cash-based work. For more info, call her at (231) 645-3639. Here’s Molly’s Irish Draught Horse named “Irish.” More on Irish here. […]


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