He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

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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.

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