Horse­power forges link to our farm­ing history

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE Aus­tralian Draught Horses were hard at work last Sun­day.

The Ap­ple Tree Creek show­grounds hosted a Heavy Horse Her­itage Day, with ex­cited crowds en­joy­ing all the ac­tiv­i­ties.

Aus­tralian cham­pi­ons, and sin­gle and pairs horses were all on dis­play, in­clud­ing shires, cly­des­dales, suf­folk punch and Aus­tralian draughts.

On­look­ers were amazed to see the heavy horses in ac­tion and watched awestruck as the black­smith made and fit­ted shoes to horses.

A horse works grinded up corn and a hay rak­ing was per­formed in or­der to show the au­di­ence how farm­ing was done be­fore mod­ern ma­chin­ery.

On dis­play were horse-drawn sulkies, drays and pha­tons.

The day was long and hot and the crowds en­joyed all the fam­ily-friendly events.

Chil­dren and par­ents alike en­joyed the shows and in­ter­ac­tion with the horses.

The log and slide ob­sta­cle course was a crowd favourite as the horses care­fully made their way through the course and left spec­ta­tors speech­less.

Another crowd favourite was lis­ten­ing to bush po­etry and bush yarns about days gone by.

By the end of the day, ex­hausted crowds rode off into the sunset af­ter en­joy­ing the fan­tas­tic dis­play from the Aus­tralian Draught Horses.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

HEAVY GO­ING: The Ap­ple Tree Creek Show­grounds hosted a Heavy Horse Her­itage Day last Sun­day.

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