Why was it difficult to use the working implements?

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George Orwell's "Animal Farm" is the story of farm animals taking over a farm from humans.  The animals fight off attacks to recover the farm by the farmers. They set up a society and a system of government. There are awards ceremonies and funerals and just about everything else that is an animal version of a human construct. The farm animals themselves even work the farm. They plant crops, harvest crops, and plow fields. But in order to do that kind of work most effectively and efficiently, the animals have to use the tools that humans have left behind on the farm. That is why the working implements are so difficult to use. They are designed to be used by human hands, and most of the animals on the farm have hooves instead of fingers and opposable thumbs. The animals also forbade animals from walking on two legs, which again makes using certain farm implements very difficult to use. Despite their difficulties though, the animals' harvest was the biggest that the farm had ever seen.