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Fri, 24 May


Hylands Park

Own a Heavy Horse Day

Have you always dreamed of owning a heavy horse or are thinking of maybe buying one? Or maybe you'd just like to spend a day looking after and pampering one of these gorgeous animals? Then this is your opportunity to give it a go!

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Own a Heavy Horse Day
Own a Heavy Horse Day

Time & Location

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24 May 2024, 10:00 – 16:00

Hylands Park, London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ, UK

About the Event

With a maximum of 3 participants, you will each be given a Heavy horse to look after for the day.  You will be feeding, mucking out, grooming, picking out feet, preparing a horse for a show - which includes plaiting and looking after their feathers and leading them, you will have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like about how to care and train these beautiful animals. 

Format of the day:

There will be some indoor instruction, followed by practical work with horses under cover, followed by working the horses outdoors.   During the day you will experience:

  • Meet the horses and introductions
  • Basic care of a heavy horse - mucking out, watering and feeding.
  • Grooming techniques
  • Preparing a heavy horse for a show
  • Introduction to harness and harness care
  • Leading a heavy horse for the vet or a show


Claudia Waller is a Partner of Hawthorn Heavy Horses, a small business based at Hylands that specialises in the use of working horses for forestry and conservation work.  Claudia has a BSc in Equine Studies and 21 years experience of working heavy horses.


Tea and Coffee will be provided throughout the day.  Please bring your own packed lunch or food can be bought at the Stables Café during 45 minute lunch break.

Where to go

Meet in the courtyard of the Stables Visitor Centre at 10am in the morning.  To find us enter the estate through the Hylands House entrance off Three Mile Hill/London Road, post code CM2 8WQ.  Follow signs for parking and then walk to the Stables Centre.

Disability Information

Please call us if you have any special needs that you would like to discuss with us.

Contact information:

If you have any specific questions about the day please call Claudia on 07970 721384

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