FORDINGBRIDGE residents are in for a treat when they are invited to bring a picnic to watch a demonstration of a working pair of heavy horses.

The event, organised by Fordingbridge Museum and the son of one of the founders of the museum, David Shering, will take place in a field behind St Mary’s Church on Saturday September 25, 3pm.

David Shering said: “Comtois horses are common in France but are less well known in this country. They are famous for their stamina, good nature and intelligence. They are particularly suited to forestry work and we will be demonstrating logging and tree management tasks undertaken by man and horse that will bring traditional skills to life.

"My late uncle John founded Fordingbridge museum and my father Richard was actively engaged with the development of it until his death. I am very keen to perpetuate their legacy and supporting the museum by putting on this event seems an ideal way of doing that.”

The display will include tree felling and loading a timber wagon, sawing logs with a display saw pit and pulling out fence posts. Also on show will be a restored rare old timber carriage.

Jon Ingham, the chairman of the Friends of the Museum said: “Heavy horses are always a favourite with the public and David’s Comtois horses are some of the most beautiful and impressive they will come across, with their flaxen tails and manes contrasting with their powerful chestnut bodies.

"Working horses would have been a very familiar sight in the town in the past both on the roads and the farms and it is great that David is helping to promote the breed and the working practices that would otherwise be lost.”

Tickets, £5 for adults and £1 for children (aged 5 to 16), are available from Fordingbridge Museum, The Fordingbridge Bookshop and on the gate. All proceeds go to the museum.

There will be an ice cream vendor on site and you are invited to bring your own chairs, gazebo or sunshade and picnic.


Get more Forest Journal news.

You can also like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date.

Email with your comments, pictures, letters and news stories.