Welcome to the farm family Peggy!
We recently welcomed a new Shire horse to our farm family – 19 year old ex-breeding mare ‘Belladonna’ (aka Peggy).
This gentle giant stands at 17.2hh high (approximately 5ft. 10″) and is settling into her retirement on the farm alongside many other rare breeds, including 17 year old Rupert, a handsome Exmoor pony.
Farm Manager Kim said:
Shire horses were of enormous importance in medieval Britain, carrying knights into battle. Over the years they then became a valuable agricultural workhorse and were essential for farming work. However, with the modernisation of agricultural machinery and having only been supported in small numbers by individual breeders and breweries – their population has declined significantly throughout the decades – and they are now sadly classed as a rare breed.
We’re delighted to have been recently accredited as the first and only Welsh farm park to achieve Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) status, for our efforts and contribution to conserving rare breeds of livestock.
The Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) is a national charity working across the UK to safeguard the future of rare and native livestock and equine breeds. It aims to reverse the decline of all livestock breeds listed on their watchlist and to have all the breeds on the watchlist in a stable position by 2028.