Autumn 2013 Issue

First Suffolk foal born by embryo transplantFirst Suffolk foal born by embryo transplant

For the first time in the UK a Suffolk Punch foal has been born as the result of an embryo transplant. It is thought to be the third time the procedure has been used within heavy horse breeds in this country. Owned by Roger and Jill Parckar, Dawley Faith is a representative of one of the rarest breeds of horse in the world. The procedure was carried out at Twemlows Stud Farm, Shropshire. Her mother, Milden Opal, went on to conceive a second time, thus producing two foals ‘for the price of one’.






The Man who Met his MatchThe Man who Met his Match

Anna Bruce’s latest profile features Glen Cass from Essex, ‘the new kid on the block’ who has won both Suffolk and Shire national breed championships within a year. He has made history by winning with both a Suffolk and a Shire at the same show, showing enthusiasm for the two breeds, not just one as most people do!







Two new books!Two new books

Heavy Horse World is offering two new books this issue – The New Horse-Powered Farm and The Country Blacksmith. The first is a USA manual designed to help horse farmers move forward into a sustainable future, and is a thorough and practical book for anyone considering horse-powered farming. The second is a new book in the popular Shire Library series and explores how the smith was once crucial to village life, called upon for the humblest repair to the most luxurious ironwork. Both can be bought online here.






Four generations of Ormiston HighlandsFour generations of Ormiston Highlands

Mention working Highland ponies in the Highlands of Scotland and the chances are that the name Ormiston and the place Newtonmore will get mentioned too. Ruaridh Ormiston is the fourth generation of his family who has lived and worked in this area with this indigenous breed. They introduced trekking as a ‘modern’ use of Highland ponies, and today there are thought to be well over 100 animals working on the hills of Scotland including as deer ponies.



Other features in this issue include. . .


  • William Castle on defining horsemanship

  • Suffolk riders get together for seminar

  • Man’s forgotten friend – the ox

  • Hay-making with a single horse – part 2

  • Heavies in the Chilterns

  • Heavy Horse Tails – a horse called Foxy in Tasmania

  • Anxious time for the Working Horse Trust

  • News from British Horse Loggers

  • Our changing grassland and its effect on horses


New product marque will identify use of ‘Living Horse Power’New product_marque_will_identify_use of_Living_Horse_Power

The USP of working horses is to be developed and a marque launched to identify wine and other produce such as vegetables and timber produced using ‘real’ horse power. The idea comes from the British Festival of the Working Horse, which hosted a ‘mini festival’ Working Horses in Vineyards in May. The marque will enable consumers actively to choose products which use horse power.


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Enjoy pictures, reports and results from the first half of this year’s show season, including the Suffolk and British Percheron breed shows, Nottinghamshire, the Royal Highland, the Royal Bath & West, the Royal Three Counties, Festival of the Heavy Horse, Royal Norfolk and more. Plus look out for the bouncy foals!




Horses, horses everywhere … but when will working them be taken seriously?Horses, horses everywhere … but when will working them be taken seriously?

Lucy Lant pursues her quest for a truly horse-powered community with an article reflecting on hopes, possibilities, and some philosophy. There’s a listing of just some of the people and places where this ideal is being followed already. Plus a reminder of that iconic Charlie Pinney quote about living horse power.


Historic working farm opens to the public in the Lake DistrictHistoric working farm opens to the public in the Lake District

Shire horses are working the land again at Old Hall Farm at Bouth, near Ulverston in the Lake District, with Lancashire horseman Wynne Hull at the reins. The farm is owned by Alex and Charlotte Sharphouse and aims to demonstrate to the public traditional 19th century farm life. Working horse courses are included.




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