He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
Without help, heavy horses will die out within a decade, says the Rare Breeds Survival trust (RBST), which has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness of the plight of breeds such as the Suffolk Punch, which is now down to some 70 mares in the uk, Clydesdale and shire.
once a familiar sight in both town and country, these gentle giants were invaluable in ploughing fields and pulling carts. they were put to use in the First World War, hauling heavy artillery to the trenches, and thousands died. Although their numbers increased again after 1918, the rise of the tractor robbed them of their purpose and numbers have dropped steeply.
the RBST is asking the public to donate money to the National Livestock Gene Bank, whose work is vital in preserving the genetic diversity of native farm animals. Visit www.rbst.org.uk for further information and www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-uks-heavy-horses to donate.