Henrys Hooves Heavy Horse Centre
Home of the Clydesdale Heavy Horse
| Henrys Hooves Heavy Horse Centre was established in 2013 in conjunction with Appaloosa Plains town council in an effort to preserve a dying breed. We are a non profit association, meaning all activities are done on a voluntary basis. Any funds are ploughed back into the running costs of the centre and for its continuing development. There is no set charge to visit the centre, however Equine supplies or a small donation is always greatly received. Why not leave a comment in our guest book too!. |
Henrys Hooves Heavy Horse Centre is located in Appaloosa Plains, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The object of our centre is to raise awareness of the importance of the heavy horse in our history. Visitors can learn the history of the heavy horse and its development as well as come and meet our show jumping heavy horses.
| The centre is a fully working farm and has a full breeding program in place for the Clydesdale heavy horse. We also grow our own fruit and veg, producing home made jams and chutneys. A rescue/adoption element is also in place dedicated to now unwanted ex working horses. |
Many of our visitors make use of our picnic areas, one under cover and one just outside the fields allocated so the horses can be viewed grazing. The centre also provides refreshments and small meals, which we refer to as ‘On the Hoof’ so why not come have a cup of tea and a piece of our homemade cake.
The centre predominantly concentrates on the Clydesdale heavy horse which is sadly now listed on the rare breeds watch list. The Clydesdale was once the dominate working horse in Appaloosa plains. Henrys Hooves had 17 Clydesdale horses working for it, and it was in the 1950′s the last one left. 2013 saw them arrive back, as it was identified of the importance of preserving them and their history. We have a resident stallion who enjoys running off with visitors hats and posing for pictures, so why not snap away?.
Apart from us breeding the Clydesdales, we also rescue and adopt heavy horses, giving them the facilities and knowledge of care they deserve. Therefore visitors will see horses of all ages and abilities.
Our horses are known in the area as the show jumping heavies and though they may not be as elegant and as graceful as a KWPN they have Power, Determination and Loyalty. They may never grace the Olympics’ but a rosette means nothing to our horses, they prefer a carrot and a good ear scratch instead!. Don’t let the size of our horses put you off, they are the gentle giants of the horse world.
Support comes in many shapes and forms. For example donation of hay/feed or equipment. Volunteering your time. Financial donations the list goes on and on. Why not take a look at our newly developed Best friend adoption program.
Best friend adoption program
The Best friend program allows you to select your favourite/favourites of our lovely horses, this can either be for yourself or a gift to somebody special. For a small fee of £20 simoleons per year and you will receive:
-A picture of your Best Friend
-A Monthly news letter (About the goings on at the farm)
-A yearly letter at Christmas from your Best Friend
-Access to Best Friends exclusive events
-Best Friend Heavy Horse Plush
Where do your Simoleons go?
By supporting us it raises the awareness of the endangerment of the Clydesdale heavy horse. Supporting us to deliver a dedicated breeding program, as well as bring a education course for the importance of the heavy horse. Our hope is by this we will encourage younger generations and new horsey people into our fold who we hope will consider taking on heavy horses themselves. Your support allows the centre to provide a dedicated rescue for heavy horses, which has the correct facilities with trained, dedicated professional’s on hand.
If a horse is adopted or bred by the centre this is their forever home, along with any adjoining Heavy horse centres and breeding programs. We decided to adopt heavy horses only after an elderly couple was unable to take care of their shire horses anymore and unfortunately their shires where unable to be rehomed and had to be destroyed.
These horses are very large and the facilities have to be not only large but strong. We do tend to go though allot of posts and gates, due to the pleasure they seem to have in using them as scratching posts.
If you do take on a Best Friend, please do not hesitate to ask us any questions about them. The more you know about them the better all round.
Contact - HenrysHooves@hotmail.com
Location - Appaloosa Plains
Visitation- 10-5pm (Seasonal)
Capacity - 30 Horses
Breeding and Stud Services
Educational School visits
Heavy Horse experience days
Heavy Horse Driving
New Heavy horse owner courses
Heavy horse hacking and Beach rides
Please email for events and availability
AMENITIES -Large Fields
-Stabling for 30 heavies
-Two Riding Arenas