New teamsters working their ox teams, doing remarkably well after just 4 weeks of training with Dick Roosenberg and the other Tillers International instructors. Note how skilled the teamster are becoming, even at this very early stage. For the most part, they are driving from behind the oxen (not in front), and controlling their teams with minimal effort.
In the long run, this style of handling the animals gives the teamster additional flexibility in handling the team -- because animals are not tied to the visual cues they receive from watching the teamsters. In varying work situations, this will work to the advantage of the teamster, giving him or her increased flexibility.
This will be helpful in situations where the driver needs to be behind the animals, whether driving a cart, or plowing with four or more oxen.
The small team driven by the teamster approaching from the left of the screen (wearing the white hat) was one of the most unruly teams at the outset of the training. At this point, the animals seem remarkably comfortable with their teamster. He seems completely confident, as well.