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Before the arrival of mechanical power in the late 19th century, heavy horses were an essential feature of farming and of everyday transport and haulage in the UK.
At Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre on Ford & Etal Estates you can meet gentle giants like Scottish Clydesdales, English Shires and a French Percheron and examine a large collection of horse-drawn machinery, artefacts and memorabilia.
Hay Farm is the UK’s only dedicated heavy horse centre approved by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and foals are born in the spring most years.
Keeping the “heavies” company are other rare breeds such British Lop pigs and Sebastopol geese.
A range of events and demonstrations are held throughout the year and rides in carriages drawn by heavy horses can be booked in the summer. Visitors can also indulge in refreshments in the café where award-winning pies are sold.
The centre is run on a not-for-profit basis and a small charge is made for visits. For more information, visit: www.ford-and-etal.co.uk/attractions/hay-farm-heavy-horse-centre-approved-rare-breed-conservation-centre/
Open weekends only in December.
Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre
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