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Horses in the farming at the Festival.

The British Festival of the Working Horse 2012

Horses in faming


Doug Joiner

Recent research has shown that horses are still economic and viable on smaller farms (up to 30 hectares) and in horticulture.

Part demonstration, part competition and all celebration it is not to be missed.



Horses in the farming at the Festival.

Horses in the farming at the Festival.



An array of modern horse drawn farm implements

Living horse power is cheap and readily available. We can breed horses, without limit, without endangering the planet.We know a lot about them and how to use them. They can pull things for us, carry us, help support our society, feed it and enable it to function. They can do so far better than they did in the past if we take advantage of some of the technical advances made in agriculture and machinery design. They can be fed from our fields. They don't destroy the environment but enhance it. They create employment, not replace it. They are a source of companionship in the workplace, a source of pride and pleasure when seen to be working to perfection in harmony with man and his surrounding. Why on earth don't we use them?

Charlie Pinney. 2003.