Traditional shire horses will be on display this weekend when Sheppy’s Cider Farm hosts a Heavy Horse Awareness Day on Saturday 3rd October.
The Shire Horse Society Local Area Coordinator, Valerie Giles, said, “There’ll be talks on showing etiquette, ring craft and all that goes with having a horse, and a farrier will be on hand to talk and explain about the way heavy horses’ feet are managed. Horses will be there to plait up and it will be possible for anyone to have a go at harnessing. We’ll have ridden exhibits too. Shire Horse Council Members will be on hand to advise on the Council’s aims and there’ll be stalls selling equine equipment. The aim is to provide hands-on information to anyone who wants to learn more about owning or keeping heavy horses.”
The event is one of several organised by The Shire Horse Society through local coordinators to make people aware of the value of heavy horses which, without conservation efforts and public appreciation of their traditional role in rural life, risk becoming no more than an item on the ‘Rare Breeds’ list. Since 1878 the Shire Horse Society has been working to protect the breed and maintain interest in these magnificent horses.
The event opens at 10.30am and Sheppy’s Cider Shop and restaurant will be open for hot and cold food and beverages.