Shire horse Experience Days
Learn how to harness a working heavy horse and how to long rein using traditional farming horse drawn equipment.
These Experiences are suitable for everyone, even if you have never been near a horse before!
For a more relaxed event, enjoy a shire horse carriage ride
through the peaceful, Gloucestershire countryside
½ Day Session
Spend a few hours in west Gloucestershire, learning about the majestic Shire horses and how we use them on the farm.
Your ½ day experience will last for 4 hours, either morning or afternoon.
During your Shire horse experience you will learn all about the Shire horse, their history, temperament and how to harness and work them.
This is a hands-on experience - you will be working the horses.
During your visit, we will cover the following:
Meet the Shire horses
Get hands on with grooming & understanding how to harness up & the way the harness works.
Learn how to long rein a Shire horse by voice command and then progress to working the horse with it pulling a load.
Help wash down the horse after.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are always available
£150 per person
Full Day Experience
A full day hands-on Experience with the horses gives a true understanding of what it is like to work the farm in a traditional way.
Your day will last for 8 hours. You will experience a range of activities which, depending on the time of year and your appetite, can include the following:
Calling the Shire horses in from the field, using the old school bell (when appropriate)
Preparing the stable with feed and water
Grooming and general care
Learning about the harness - how it fits onto the horse and what each part does
Learn long reining techniques and practice these in the sand school
Working a Shire horse as a driving horse pulling a cart or carriage*
Wash down your horse so that it is ready to return to the fields or stable.
* We also offer a similar Experience but the day is focussed on learning how to work a Shire horse on the land.
A simple and honest Ploughman's Lunch will be provided in the Cider Mill Barn or the garden. Your lunch is sourced from local producers.
Please advise if you have any allergens.
Alternatively, please bring a pack lunch with you.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits are provided throughout the day
Life is relaxed and calm when we work the Shire horses.
We want you to enjoy yourself so much that you want to come back for more. Your experience with the Shire horses is tailored to what you would like to do, combined with both your previous experience and how you get on during the day.
This can be discussed fully at the time of booking.
As an example, for those who would prefer a less physical activity, we can adapt the day to include a leisurely drive along the lanes where you can take it in turns to sit up front and have a go holding the reins.
1st person: £250 for the full day
2nd person: £125
Spectators: £30 per person (includes refreshments and lunch)
Miniature Shetland Pony Experiences
We offer various miniature Shetland pony Experiences.
You can choose from meeting & greeting them, grooming them, taking one for a walk on the farm, working one of them as a pack animal or a mixture of the opportunities.
A great opportunity for the younger, or smaller, equestrian!