During one of Prabhupada’s first visits to a West Virginia farm, they harnessed a team of horses and showed him how they could work the animals. Prabhupada responded: “Where are the oxen?” For Paramananda, that was the end of working horses. From that moment his interest shifted to oxen.
Not only would horses deprive oxen of rightful employment, but as Prabhupada was well aware, horses are temperamental, and their health can be shaky. So when one devotee wrote him about buying a horse to get around on the farm, Srila Prabhupada advised against it: “If you keep horses you have to take care of them, and for a little convenience of transportation you have to take so much botheration to keep the horse fit.”