Fund-rais­ing cam­paign launched to save rare work­ing horses

Country Smallholding - - A Smallholder's World -

THE RARE Breeds Sur­vival Trust (RBST) has launched a fundrais­ing cam­paign to raise £ 375,000 in an at­tempt to halt the de­cline of Bri­tain’s rarest work­ing horses. Just 240 Shire, 199 Cly­des­dale and 25 Suf­folk pedi­gree foals were reg­is­tered last year, com­pared to the 2.6 mil­lion heavy horses be­ing used in agriculture and trade at the dawn of the 20th Cen­tury. Heavy horses still have a role to play to­day and are used by some small­hold­ers on their land and for log­ging.

Jimmy Doherty, RBST president, said: “Th­ese work­ing class heavy horse he­roes need our help now so that they can sur­vive and thrive in the fu­ture. That’s why we’ve launched a new so­cial me­dia cam­paign”

To do­nate to the Heavy Horse Ap­peal, visit uk/Ap­peal/heavy-horse.

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