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Heavy horses
Heavy horses at work

History - straight from the horse's mouth!

Horse power galloped in to the Black Country Living Museum as transport from a bygone era returned. Heavy working horse and various horse-drawn vehicles clattered along the cobbled streets once more.

A handsome pair
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

Working horses, such as Shire and Clydesdale, demonstrated a fascinating array of traditional pursuits including carrying, haulage and other horse-drawn events.

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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. 

Shire horses

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.

Pit pony


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.

Rescue horses

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 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.

Take a look at a whole gallery of pictures of the beautiful working heavy horses in action at the Black Country Living Museum.
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last updated: 26/08/05
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John Thompson
I love the heavy horses but nowhere as much as does my wife Jean, unfortunately we live in Darlington, County Durham, and I am unable to walk so have to use a wheelchair or scooter. As a boy in Ireland I used to give our local coal brick merchant a hand on Saturdays by driving his horse and flat cart selling coal brick. Then in the afternoon would go back in and swap the horse and cart for a nother horse and a roundabout built onto another flat cart, then go round the house estate, and stop on every corner,let the kids onto the roundabout for 1/2 penny and then when full, I had to turn a large wheel and spin the kids around, why can we no longer see such wonderful items any more?

hannah Cresswell
i love horses i have got 5 of my own. i used to have a shiner but he sadly died of red worm and he was only 3 i love any horses

I love Heavy horses
I really love horses i have three of my own and one of them is a clysdale cross, he has such a kind nature and is a gentle gaint. Heavy horses are the best

im soooooooo a fan
i love love love love horses

zoe partridge-bates
I luv horses they're brill and beautiful.I'm a HUGE! fan on horses. They are my fav animal.

l love horses their my fav animals l've watched the film Black Beauty and l read the book it is so sad and l'm a HUGE fan of horses and ponies.

hannah and Gemma
we are horse crazy luv from ur horsie friends (bridgend south wales)

Ellen Neighbour
I love hourses thay are so so so so lovley.

horses are my favourite animals.

i love horses there such gracefull creatures.

Molly Green
I am the girl in picture number 5 having a free horsey hug!!! I had a fantastic day, and I loved all the horses!!!

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