Heavy horses feel the heat

Massive Percheron horses get a much needed cooling splash in a stream at the end of a hard working day on a Harbridge farm Picture: Phil Yeomans/BNPS

Massive Percheron horses get a much needed cooling splash in a stream at the end of a hard working day on a Harbridge farm Picture: Phil Yeomans/BNPS

First published in News

THE forest has been basking in the summer sunshine for more than two weeks.

And some reports say the warm weather is here to stay... for a few more days anyway.

Last week temperatures soared above those in Rome, Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro. And it’s not just people trying to keep cool in the heat – spare a thought for the animals, including these Percheron horses that needed to cool off in a Ringwood stream.

Farmer Robert Sampson, 58, still uses the heavy horses to work his 265 acres of land in Harbridge, but a few buckets of water helped ensure they don’t overheat.

His beasts of burden may not be as fast as a tractor, but Mr Sampson believes they do a reliable – and often better – job.

But in hot weather, they need to keep cool.

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