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Discover the captivating world of heavy working draft horses through the UK's top magazine dedicated to the sector -  Shires, Clydesdales, Suffolk Punches, British Percherons, European breeds, draft crosses and working ponies in farming, forestry, market gardening, leisure, showing and breeding.

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Just a month away from Heavy Horse World Autumn issue!


Heavy Horse World Autumn issue has gone to press, so it’s just under a month before it will be on your doorsteps. It's another packed 76-page issue with loads of news and features and a huge 20-page shows and events section. If you are due to renew get in touch with us soon to ensure you get your copy as soon as it's out, and if you aren't a subscriber yet, why not consider it. It's only £26 for the year (£28 Europe, £30 rest of the world). You can subscribe or renew here. One of the great things about Heavy Horse World is the quality - and quantity - of its photos. There are more than 200 in each issue! Here's one from the upcoming issue to tempt you - it's Greg Rawlins’ champion foal at Melton Mowbray Show, Bromford Fascination, photographed by Kevin Wright.

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Heavy Horse World Summer issue is now out!

  • The Summer 2014 issue launches the showing season, featuring our reports on the National Shire Horse Show and the National Stallion Show for the Clydesdale in Scotland. There is plenty of news and masses of features and articles on all aspects of your favourite equines - here’s a picture of the Clydesdale Cawdor Cup winner, Charlotte Young’s Doura Master Eddie, who also took the Prince of Wales Cup for the best exhibit overall, by Jim Crichton.
  • The Heavy Horse World 2015 Calendar is now available! Complete your order form in the magazine or order it direct from this website

  • Watch out for articles on how horses are helping restore ancient ice age ponds in Norfolk, discover the importance of draught geometry – a practical look at how harness works best, and read two profiles of young people making their mark on the heavy horse world – here’s two of them, Charlotte Webb and Luke Beech, seen here at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.


  • Discover a Suffolk horse business on the Somerset Levels, and read about how the Suffolk Horse Society has ensured memories of the iconic breed have been captured forever. Suffolks were also at Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s Spring Working in Hampshire – see pictures from a beautiful sunny day out.
  • Catch up with our new series, Under Saddle, written by Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses – this issue she tackles the best way to buy a heavy horse, including the pitfalls. Doug Joiner describes how he put together a new set of harness, using the best ideas from around the world.
  • We look at dentistry and the heavy horse, and how teeth problems affect a horse’s health, and consider whether native horses are in crisis, as well as celebrating 10 years of the European association for the working horse.
  • Read all about the ‘Cock Horse’ from the horse era: Brian O’Riordan shares his research on its history, and Bob Powell reflects on warhorses as the country commemorates the start of the First World War, using images from his own archive. Plus we have a question for you on a rather unusual horseshoe.
  • Don’t forget to go to Heavy Horse World Shop  to see our full range of titles including The Working Horse Manual, Heavy Horses, Goodbye Old Friend, and a host of DVDs.

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  • 72+ pages packed with information on heavy horses

  • Full colour throughout

  • Big news section

  • Historical features

  • Personality profiles

  • Practical features and tips


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A beautiful warm sunny day greeted visitors to Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association’s Spring Working in Hampshire. There were plenty of demonstrations and ring events, from an in-hand breeds display, young handlers’ class and a ridden competition to a cones contest for heavy horse trial drivers, a display of decorated harness, and horse logging.

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Under saddle – and high up!

Spr14_Under_saddle_and_high_up_478x350Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses begins a new series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts. Her award-winning equestrian business has solely pure-bred heavy horses for people to ride on a range of specialist treks and rides in the beautiful Lake District. Riding heavy horses has, over the past decade, become a fast growing equestrian pursuit,” she says. “Using magnificent Shire, Clydesdale and Suffolk Punch ‘heavy’ breeds and a variety of heavy horses from Europe within various riding disciplines is becoming increasingly commonplace”. She looks at how riding heavies has developed and includes a useful Q&A section.