A trip to see the Percherons

Some of the Sampson family’s Percherons and Percheron crosses out in their paddock on a sunny morning.

Some of the Sampson family’s Percherons and Percheron crosses out in their paddock on a sunny morning.

PERCHERON draught horses are bred and trained by the Sampson family at Ellingham, near Ringwood. Originally from Western France, Percherons have been reared and worked on the family farm in Hampshire for the past 60-plus years. Traditional farming methods and horse-drawn equipment are used.

It seemed like a wonderful opportunity to go and see some of these gentle horses out in their paddocks. A bright, crisp and chilly morning, it proved to be an ideal time to see the horses as they ate their hay and wandered about in the sunshine. It will be a few weeks yet before the first spring grass comes through and before any foals are born.

With their thick winter coats, enquiring natures and soft noses, the horses seemed to welcome a visitor or two. Some of them were obviously crossed with other types, such as New Forest ponies.

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Tilly soon got bored and wasn’t even interested in looking at this bracket fungus. She was far keener on investigating the hole in the roots of the oak tree. “I’m quite happy looking at horses with my Moonraker Mum,” thinks Tilly, “but if there are good smells to follow, or even a rat to dig out, that’s where you’ll find me every time.”

Tilly soon got bored and wasn’t even interested in looking at this bracket fungus. She was far keener on investigating the hole in the roots of the oak tree. “I’m quite happy looking at horses with my Moonraker Mum,” thinks Tilly, “but if there are good smells to follow, or even a rat to dig out, that’s where you’ll find me every time.”

 

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