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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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Heavy Horse World Winter issue is now out!


  • The Winter 2014 issue features all this summer’s main events as well as some fascinating articles on enjoying your heavies. Here’s a picture from the issue of the Shire Horse of the Year – Paul Bedford’s magnificent stallion Metheringham Upton Hamlet in the spotlight at the Horse of the Year Show, photographed by Kevin Wright.



  • Shows covered this issue include the Great Yorkshire, City of Aberdeen, Bakewell, Royal Welsh, Shire Horse of the Year Championships, and the two Shire Foal Shows & Sales in the Midlands and the North West.


  • Watch out for articles on the Suffolk twin foals making history; the results of Mike Bingham’s and Kevin Downs’ dispersal sales; the top ploughmen of 2014, and the winners of the annual turnout championship and the first ever ridden heavy championships.


  • Discover the extraordinary story of how ‘Honest Tom’ returned home to his Shire horse roots; find out how a farm horse saved lives in the East Coast floods of 1953; and relive the heyday of working horses through the story of heavies kept on a Norfolk farm in the 1920s-40s. Plus, enjoy 19th century heavy horse paintings being prepared for an exhibition at the Blackbrook Gallery.


  • Catch up with our series for ridden heavy horse enthusiasts, Under Saddle, written by Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses – this issue she tackles the care of heavies in the cold season and riding them in winter; as well as our latest profile, on top turnout driver Gawin Holmes; and how Cornish working horses commemorated the day the world changed, with the start of the First World War.




  • Editor Diana Zeuner enjoyed a great day out at the Wessex Heavy Horse Society’s West of England In-hand and Harness Championships held near Shaftesbury, and you can read about the Suffolk Punch Endurance Challenge and the very popular open day held by the North Wales Shire Horse Society.


  • Read Bob Powell’s article on the important changes made to the iconic ‘RN’ plough series; find out how the British Horse Loggers put on a great show at this year’s APF – the biggest UK forestry event, and catch up with our Tomorrow’s Horsemen profile, on James Crockford, aged 20.


  • There’s a new DVD out for Christmas, A Life Working with Heavy Horses, following Jonathan Waterer and his activities both on and off his Devon farm. The 2015 Heavy Horse World Calendar is selling rapidly, but there are still plenty left! Purchase your copy here. And 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 including A Beginner’s Guide to Heavy Horses and Plaiting the Heavy Horse for Showing.


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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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Annie Rose of Cumbrian Heavy Horses continues our series. In this issue she covers the effects of hot weather on horses, foot care – including costs, barefoot trimming and couping – and rugging. “The temperate summer – now sliding into autumn – is easy on our horses,” she writes. “Languid in the hot sun they literally sunbathe, relaxed and happy beasties!” You can experience riding heavies at Annie’s award-winning equestrian business in the beautiful Lake District, where she has gathered pure-bred heavy horses for people to enjoy on a range of specialist treks and rides.

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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.