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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 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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Three young people are featured in this issue – Charlotte Webb and Luke Beech who work together from Winchester are making their mark on the local and wider heavy horse scene with their commitment to heavies: Anna Bruce profiles them. And Ethel Worthington – already an accomplished ploughwoman - has found her dream job working for Green Estate, Sheffield, where she gets involved in preparing the ground for wildflower meadows and logging among other tasks.

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Other features in this issue include. . .


  • Wales’ biggest horse-drawn vehicle collection to open

  • Obituaries – including Geoff Morton MBE and John Lawless

  • Horse logging in the South Downs National Park

  • Clydesdale Winter Fair

  • How Dunlop tyres revolutionised carting work

  • The horse tamer’s secret

  • The harness maker’s story, with Peter Coates

  • William Castle completes his hay-making series

  • Suffolk Punch Trust opens for fifth season

  • The New Horse-Powered Farm – the new book reviewed by Alex Langlands

  • Signwriting, with Ron Burton

  • Blinkers – an open and shut case