Looking back to days of horse power

The clock is being turned back this weekend at the Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre on Ford and Etal Estate.

Thursday, 6th October 2016, 9:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 7:52 pm
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Its Looking Back event is now into its third year and has always been very well supported by local visitors, as well as those that travel from far and wide.

Viv Cockburn said: “The event is not only about the working horses but also the old crafts and skills that were once a common sight, however now are dying out.”

A new aspect of the event is allowing visitors the opportunity to see some of the rare breeds that would have been a common sight in the era of the horse, but sadly now are listed on the endangered list.

Thelma and Louise, British lop eared pigs, are a new addition to the farm and are proving to be a huge success with visitors.

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Viv said: “The two girls will be going into a breeding programme as they are listed with the Rare Breeds Society as critical.

“They are proving to be great characters, however the horses stay at a safe distance from these weird looking mini torpedoes!”

As always there will be horses working in the field along with a wide range of vintage machinery from through the ages.

This is a two-day event on Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 10am, dogs are very welcome on leads and there is access for the disabled.

Hay Farm, on the B6354 between Ford and Etal, is home to the largest herd of rare breed Clydesdale heavy horses in the area.