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Ashby Joseph

  • Breed: Shire
  • Colour: Black
  • Sex: Gelding
  • D.O.B: 26th May 2003
  • Height: 18.2hh (185cm to withers)
  • Sire: Ithersay Black Knight
  • Dam: Highbank Marchioness

Easton Roy

  • Breed: Suffolk ‘Punch’
  • Colour: Liver Chesnut
  • Sex: Gelding
  • D.O.B 22nd May 2009
  • Height: 16.3hh (167cm to withers)
  • Sire: Donhead Hall Navar
  • Dam: Easton Rose
 
 
          Whatton Falcon 
  • Breed: Suffolk ‘Punch’
  • Colour: Bright Chesnut
  • Sex: Gelding
  • D.O.B 5th June 2009
  • Height: 16.3hh (167cm to withers)
  • Sire:Whatton Albert
  • Dam: Mulgrave Pretty Poppy  
 
 
 
We currently have a Shire and a 2 Suffolk Punch horses.  We chose native Heavy Horses because we needed horses that are suited to logging work, plus carriage driving, mowing, harrowing and bracken rolling, as well as having a good temperament and willingness to work.  We also wanted to support the British Breeds and demonstrate their continued usefulness.  
 
The Suffolk is the oldest breed of heavy horse in Britain to exist in its present state. Every Suffolk Horse in existence today traces its descent in the direct male line, in an unbroken chain, to a horse foaled in 1768, Thomas Crisp's horse of Ufford. Early agricultural machinery, ideally suited to the level arable land in East Anglia, resulted in a dramatic decline in the number of Suffolks. In 1966 only 9 foals were born and extinction looked imminent. Fortunately, new breeders have helped to rescue the breed and since then its numbers have slowly risen, reaching a total of 473 pure bred Suffolks by 2008. Although Suffolk numbers are increasing, they are still classified as Category 1 (Critical), by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.  Suffolks are not as tall as Shires or Clydesdales, this lower centre of gravity is an advantage in the woods allowing them better access to steep and wet sites. They also need less headroom below branches.
 
The Shire horse is the largest of England's native horses and probably the most iconic. Originally bred to carry Knights into battle, they were soon found to be more intelligent and faster than Oxen on the farm and in the woods, and at their peak there were millions working the land in the UK.  The Cart Horse Society (later to become the Shire Horse Society) was set up in 1878 to improve the breed. Suffering a similar decline to the Suffolk due to mechanisation, Shires are currently classified as Category 4 (At Risk) by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.  Taller than the Suffolk, they excel on open or flatter sites and in haulage and carriage work.
 
We are proud to support the survival of the UK's heavy horses, and to promote their use in a modern situation whilst maintaining traditional skills. 

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