Shrimp fishermen on horsebackPrint
Shrimp fishing is done at low tide for two to three hours. A southwester capped fisherman in a yellow oilskin coat, in high boots, sitting in a wooden saddle on his horse, dragging a heavy shrimp net behind. The horses move in water reaching their chests. Therefore the fishermen use robust draft horses like Brabants. These quiet and strong animals are perfect for doing this kind of heavy work. From time to time, the fisherman and his mount leave the water to empty the net and to put the contents into two wicker baskets fixed on each side of the horse. Shrimps caught in this way and boiled afterwards are a real treat for gourmets because they so extremely fresh.