Four Films on 1 DVD of
'Great Cornish Working Horses'
Join us to celebrate Cornwall's Heavy Horses.
A Few Cornish Tails is 4 films totalling 2 hrs 42 minutes on 1 DVD. Filmed and Directed by award-winning Natural History, and wildlife cameraman Jeff Goodman and is distributed by Working Horse Films.
This delightful and informative Heavy Horse DVD provides a unique insight to the working horses of Cornwall past and present through the work and lives of:
David Udy and his Shire Horses Ed and Clyde,
Keith Trickey with his logging horse Jimbo,
Morley Locket with old favourite Star and
Sharon Martin with her working horse Nelly.
Horses were once a familiar and essential part of our landscape but the latter half of the 20th. century and the experience of two world wars saw the use of the great working horse supplanted by modern machinery and an increased pace of life.
However, David, Keith, Morley and Sharon along with other dedicated enthusiasts throughout the UK are ensuring that the heavy horse is not relegated to mere nostalgia and spectacle. With them we learn how the country skills are being revived and in regular use. Ploughing, haymaking, gathering crops like potatoes and for commercial purposes like logging and path clearing are all regular activities for the working horse of Cornwall.
David Udy shares his enthusiasm for his vast collection of historic agricultural implements and demonstrates their use at the St Agnes Steam Fair and the Mabe Shindig. We join our magnificent horses at the annual ploughing match at St. Buryan West Penwith bringing the history of our countryside to life with the brightly painted horse-drawn agricultural machinery.
Through family photographs and personal reminisces Morely Locket takes us back to a time when the working horse was an essential part of daily life in Cornwall. He guides us through the qualities he likes to see in a heavy horse and we join him as he uses his horses and machinery to farm his land on a daily basis.
Like all country people the Cornish and their horses enjoy spectacle and good day out. The highlight of Cornwall’s agricultural year is The Royal Cornwall Show at Wadebridge where Ed and Clyde are decorated in the traditional way and join other heavy horses to provide the spectators with a thrilling view of how splendid these animals look when dressed up in show attire.
Likewise we join Morley and Star at the St Dennis Carnival as they have the important task of drawing the wagon for the Carnival Queen. Star is magnificent in his full show regalia and clearly is a real attraction for the Carnival crowd.
Most domesticated horses require shoeing and the task to shoe heavy horses requires special skills. Ed and Clyde show how patient they can be as our farriers demonstrate the process from start to finish. And different horses and activities need different harnesses as Keith Trickey demonstrates with his collection, some old some more recent, that he has built up over the years and explains the harness he uses on his horse Jimbo when they are logging.
The future of heavy horses in Cornwall depends in part upon the continued use of the horse as a working animal. Sharon Martin uses her horse Nellie for daily tasks at her smallholding and Bed and Breakfast business and we join Sharon at the Mabe Shindig as she begins the long task of training her young horse and newest addition – Peggy. David Udy ensures a future for working horses at his farm when foals Abraham and Lincoln are brought to join Ed and Clyde and the process of training them up begins.
Thanks to the passions, knowledge and dedication of people like David, Morley, Sharon and Keith and their magnificent animals we can feel optimistic about the survival of heavy horses. A Few Cornish Tails shows we have good reason to be positive about their continued use in years to come and the undoubted pleasure our Cornish Working Horses provide for all who have contact with them.
If you enjoy the countryside, are passionate about horses, find our recent history fascinating then this DVD is for you.
DVD 4:3 Letterbox to 16:9
Run Time: 2hr & 42mins.
4 x 45 minute approx. films on one dvd.
Price: £15.99 .
Uk P&P Free
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