It is a charming sight to see a dozen horses, sometimes up to their neck in water, walking back and forth in the shallows gathering the rich moss in the rakes or drags they pull behind them. The operation works in much the same way as plowing a field, except in the case of moss, the person guides the horse from the animals back. The horse is harnessed to the basket that they will drag and will pass back and forth through the water until it is full. The moss is dragged up onto the beach and forked into a truck with high sideboards to hold large loads. The moss is then taken from the shore and spread out on fishermen’s lawns and driveways to dry so they can get the best price possible. As it dries, the moss is cleaned and sorted, removing any other sea plants or stones from the product.


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