The old bay is still what she used to be, says Leonard Dwinell,
a Palmyra, Neb. well driller.
The veteran well man (left), his son, Lonnie (center), and a
helper, Elmer Hill, also of Palmyre, were drilling for water beside
a new, brick country home near Bennet, Neb., when interviewed.
Lonnie said they had considered getting a motor-driven rig but then
vetoed the idea because ‘you can’t beat a horse on a
‘She knows enough to stop when the drill hits one,’ he
explained. ‘A motor would just keep running and tear up
The bay mare, Old Doll by name, is more a part of the crew than
she is a part of the machinery, Dwinell said.
‘She is kind of a professional at this. It’s the only
work she does,’ he added.
The horse has been drilling wells for eight or nine years but is
much older than that.
‘I would guess she is old enough to vote,’ Dwinell
This article is taken from the Sheffield Fence Rider, a local