Heavy emphasis on tradition
HEAVY horses will demonstrate old traditions at Chiltern Open Air Museum this weekend.
Visitors to the site in Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, can watch three heavy horses cultivate the land on Saturday and Sunday.
The museum’s resident horses – Harvey, a Clydesdale, and his half-brothers, Joshua and Samuel, both Shires – will be joined by others from Hertfordshire.
Visitor experience manager Sian Hammerton-Fraser said: “The working heavy horses are a popular feature of the museum.
“If visitors are inspired by the Heavy Horses at Work event, then we offer heavy horse experience days which make a great Christmas present.”
One of the horses will demonstrate the newly completed horse gin, or horse engine, at the back of the museum’s traditional threshing barn in the farm.
The gin has been repaired and installed by volunteers to show how some of the farm equipment was operated.
The museum is open from 10am to 5pm.