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Ploughing with heavy horses - a two day course

Shire horses at Acton Scott

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Ploughing with Heavy Horses at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.

In this two day course you will learn the basics of ploughing, including how to harness a pair of heavy horses and prepare the plough for work in the field. Through hands-on experience, you will develop an understanding of the basic settings for ploughing a field with two horses. Suitable for beginners, this course is physically demanding.

You will need to dress for the weather as this course takes place outside and wear safety boots (steel capped).

Simon and Jak have been working with horses all their lives. Simon joined Acton Scott as resident waggoner in 2009.
Tutors: Simon Trueman and Jak Hickman

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is an outdoor site. Most areas are wheelchair accessible, but please be aware that the farm yard is cobbled and the ground often uneven. If you have any access concerns, please contact us. When booking please advise us of any medical conditions or special requirements.

Payment for courses
Course places must be paid for at the time of booking. Your place is not secure until paid for in full. If you have to cancel your booking, please inform Acton Scott Historic Working Farm as soon as possible by telephone and confirm in writing or by email. If you cancel your booking more than four weeks before the course start date, 90% of the course fee will be refunded (10% of the course fee will be reserved to cover administrative costs). You may use your fee towards an alternative course. If you cancel your booking less than four weeks before the course start date, fees paid will not be refunded unless the course was full and your place can be re-sold.

Please contact us via the form or phone number above to book your place.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Lunch, refreshments, tools and materials all included. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.
You will need to dress for the weather as this course takes place outside and wear safety boots (steel capped).


Sarah Green at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm
Wenlock Lodge
Acton Scott
Church Stretton
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- - #18023

I enjoyed both days immensley. It was a privalage to be able to work with the horses and Simon and Jak. I felt we were not rushed at all, but they are both so knowledgeable - I could have listened to them talking about horses forever! We were so lucky to have good weather but I would have done it in the rain any way! They clearly have such a bond with all their animals who are very loved and well looked after. I liked how they stood back after showing us what to do and let us get really stuck in, but were always on hand to provide advice and guidance if we needed it. I came home with a big smilk on my face and am now telling everyone all about it whether they want to hear it or not!

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- - #4719

Thank you for such a unique experience today! What a pleasure to be able to see and work with your gentle giants Charlie and joe! Loved every minute! Keep up the great work

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- - #4717

Had a really lovely and informative day on your ploughing with horses course today. Lovely people, friendly, welcoming, and down to earth. Thanks to all involved

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