SPRING 2016 ISSUE
Meet the noses!
You don’t have to find a show to catch up with your favourite equines. Some of them are at visitor attractions open regularly – like these two inquisitive fellows at the Suffolk Punch Trust, Hollesley, Suffolk. Step back in time and discover Suffolk’s rural farming past, meet the rare Suffolk horses and understand the part they played in shaping the landscape of East Anglia, and find out about the historic Colony Stud.
The final part of our special focus on Modern Horse-drawn Equipment
This series has been attracting interest from across the world, but it’s all about encouraging people to work their horses in the British Isles using the latest equipment available. This issue, discover the range of horse logging implements available; find out about the North American machines Jonathan Waterer uses on his Devon farm; and read about the collaborative ventures developed by enthusiasts and available to all. Plus, see our mini-case study featuring Diane and Greg Bookham and the modern equipment they have bought ready for their new smallholding.
Are you keen on heavy horse dressage? And riding competitions?
A new Heavy Horse Dressage League has been set up, enabling you to compete using an innovative online system. The league aims to give people a target all year round without expensive travelling, and will be split into three sections – British breeds, foreign breeds and part-breds - and by region. Meanwhile, following an approach by the British Ridden Heavy Horse Society, the first Ridden Heavy Horse Championship will be held at the Horse of the Year Show in October! Find out about the qualifiers and other details in this issue.
Free Heavy Horse World Events List!
Yes, the Spring issue is the one in which we publish our ever-popular free events list which many of you use to plan your heavy horse year. It’s the most comprehensive listing anywhere – and yes, the print magazine beats online for this! Our shows section also includes reports on SCHHA’s Great All England Ploughing Match & Show, the Clydesdale Winter Fair and the West of England Championships.
Ridden to driven - the versatile heavy horse
Many keen ridden heavy horse enthusiasts are looking to get even more from their equines - by driving them. Elspeth Ross and David Lawless of Waldburg Shires have put their heads together to take you through the process, step by step. Discover the best advice you can have on the subject in this issue!
Cow girl with a passion for horse logging
Meet Steffi Schaffler, who is creating a business in Scotland now she has completed her British Horse Loggers apprenticeship. From Germany, Steffi fell in love with the country at a Camphill Community farm – and stayed. After a course with the late Doug Joiner, she knew she wanted to swop cows for horses.
Tree to saw pit demonstration
Fordingbridge Show spectators were treated to an unusual demonstration of timber felling, loading with horses and timber conversion using horses and a home-built mobile saw pit, all in the show’s arena. The demo was put on by Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association members, with a commentary by horse logger Richard Branscombe of Swainsford Heavy Horses.
Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century
This new book is the second by USA horse farmer Stephen Leslie and focuses on the equipment, methods and techniques employed using horses in market gardening and small-scale farming. Its 350 pages cover ploughing, cover crops, managing fertility, and tools and techniques for growing vegetables. It includes contributions from over 60 horse farmers. You can buy it through Heavy Horse World.
Under saddle – enjoy our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts!
Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses continues her popular column focusing on all aspects of riding heavies. This issue she is entirely surrounded by water – and focuses on how to help your horse get over any issues he may have with washing out. On a serious note she describes some of the problems people in Lancashire and Cumbria particularly have had with flooding this year, and promises that in the next issue, she will move on to working with your horse to traverse puddles, streams – and the sea!
Following up a reader’s query a couple of issues ago Bob Powell researches an American plough in Scotland – the Oliver implements that were very popular in that country, while Stephen Pope focuses on a German plough in Norfolk – a complete contrast to the more usual Ransome’s YL which are usually being worked at Gressenhall.
Other features in this issue include. . .
Shires prepare for their flagship event at a new venue
New leaflets for new owners
Horsepower helps create a nature reserve for London
70th event celebrates the balance plough in Cornwall
Working to breed good quality Suffolks for the future
Heavy Horse Tails – meet Glenside Prince Harry and Colony Yasmin
Getting inspired at Abergavenny
Harrowing with a pony
Plus . . .
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Heavy Horse World Shop – our comprehensive selection of books and DVDs on heavy horse subjects
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