Today, although some breweries have drays pulled by heavy horses these magnificent animals are now usually kept by enthusiasts who are keen to preserve individual breeds. In the Fordingbridge area you may have seen the beautiful Comtois horses owned by Mr David Shering. This breed of horses originated in northern Germany and they were later widely used in France. They are well known for their good nature, endurance and balance and are quick to learn and are particularly suited to hauling timber. They are usually a shade of chestnut but have light flaxen manes and tails.
David will be demonstrating the traditional use of working horses in farming and forestry in the fields behind St Mary’s Church at 2.30 pm on Saturday 2nd September. Tickets at £7 for adults and £4 for children are available from Fordingbridge Museum or Fordingbridge Book shop. The price includes a locally produced burger or sausage in a roll with salad. Children under 3 are free and a family ticket is £18 (2 adults and 2 children) Tickets are available on the gate (£8 adult and £20 family) and all proceeds go to Fordingbridge Museum. There will be an ice-cream vendor on site and you are invited to bring your own chairs, gazebo or sunshade and drinks.