|A handsome pair|
The Black Country Living Museum had a host of extra special equine visitors on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2005, helping to recreate the atmosphere of a Victorian town.
Working horses, such as Shire and Clydesdale, demonstrated a fascinating array of traditional pursuits including carrying, haulage and other horse-drawn events.
Horse-drawn vehicles include a bread delivery van, a Wolverhampton-made Hansom cab, a bottle dray, a rag and bone man and even a hearse!
And Destiny who rode into town as a mysterious Gypsy woman, aloft a magnificent horse, sent good luck and good fortune to all who crossed her path.
The Museum's popular Shire horses, William and Prince, were both hard at work and enjoying the attention from visitors.
William pulled an old fashioned tip cart - used for transporting coal and Prince pulled a salt Cart, made locally in Gornal and which was used to deliver blocks of salt to the area.
Not to be outshone by his hard-working companions, Benji - the Museum's Shetland Pony, took a starring role as a pit pony and pulled coal tubs along the track of the Racecourse Colliery.
Many of the heavy horses present were rescue horses and have now found loving homes with their dedicated local owners who are passionate about working horses.
|Lorraine and Rosie|
Lorraine brought three of her horses, including Rosie, a real favourite with the visitors. "This is a hobby and a passion", said Lorraine, who works full time and invests time showing her horses at heavy horse events.
Visitors got up close and personal with the horses, and could even travel around the museum's historic village by horse-drawn carriages.