The History Of Heavy Horses From Sunday’s Show In Motcombe

Alfred’s Wendy Reid reports from Sunday’s Wessex Heavy Horse Show at the Turnpike Showground in Motcombe.

Donheads farmer Randy Hiscock reminds us of the important role the animals played in transforming British life, enabling the Industrial Revolution. He owns Suffolk punch horses, which proved popular around Dorset and were used on farms here much later than in their native East Anglia. Randy explains why.

The Heavy Horse Show

Malcolm Scurrell tells us about his Percheron breed of draft horse. And you’ll hear from event organiser Erica Macey-Bracken, who explains the importance of the farrier’s role. Diana from Oak Farm Shires tells Wendy why the tails of these working horses are plaited.