Heavy em­pha­sis on tra­di­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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