The Stable of Heavy Horses

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Our goal is to increase interest in and knowledge about the heavy horse breeds so that they may be valued for their historical significance, enjoyed now, and conserved for future generations.

The term “Heavy Horse Stable” typically refers to a facility or organization dedicated to the care, breeding, and training of heavy draft horses. Heavy draft horses are large, powerful breeds of horses that have historically been used for heavy labor tasks, such as plowing fields, hauling heavy loads, and other agricultural and industrial work. These horses are known for their strength, endurance, and gentle temperament, making them valuable assets in various industries..

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A Heavy Horse Stable may have several purposes and functions:

  1. Breed Preservation: Some stables focus on breeding and preserving specific heavy horse breeds, such as Clydesdales, Percherons, Shires, and Belgians. These stables aim to maintain the purity of the breed and improve their qualities through selective breeding.
  2. Training and Work: Heavy draft horses require training to perform various tasks safely and efficiently. Stables may offer training services to prepare these horses for work in agriculture, forestry, logging, or as carriage horses for events and parades.
  3. Equine Care: Stables provide essential care for heavy draft horses, including feeding, grooming, veterinary care, and regular exercise. Proper care is crucial for maintaining the health and well-being of these large animals.
  4. Education: Some heavy horse stables serve as educational centers where people can learn about the history, care, and handling of heavy draft horses. They may offer educational programs, workshops, and tours to the public.
  5. Events and Shows: Stables may participate in or host events and shows that feature heavy draft horses. These events can showcase the beauty, strength, and versatility of these breeds and attract enthusiasts and the general public.
  6. Breeding Services: Stables may offer breeding services to horse owners interested in breeding their heavy draft mares with quality stallions to produce foals with desirable traits.
  7. Community Engagement: Many heavy horse stables actively engage with their local communities, offering opportunities for people to interact with the horses and learn about their history and significance.

The Experience of Heavy Horses
The purpose of The Heavy Horse Experience is to provide you with a taste of what it was like to work and manage a Clydesdale or Shire horse. The focus is on being hands on as soon as you get there. Since all of our horses are actual working horses who are still employed on the estate and are likely the last working horses in Shropshire, no prior experience is required. Visit us to see a {ton} of genuine horsepower in action!

Tens of thousands of heavy horses powered farms and performed a variety of tasks for road transportation in and around our towns and cities prior to the Great War. The introduction of the tractor and motor vehicle caused the number of heavy horses to decrease to almost nothing. As a consequence, the number of Shire horses and Clydesdales in the UK now is fewer than 3000 and 900, respectively.