After coffee and brownies we met the horses and learned about different aspects of keeping working horses. We looked at different styles of harnesses and then harnessed up the horses to practise long-reining in the paddock and in the field. The next step was to hitch up a chain harrow and practise driving the horse with it without getting your ankles scraped by the chains or your hands tied in a knot. After a delicious lunch, we took the horses to the big field, which was unfortunatley too wet for any 'real' work, but we had a go with pulling the spring tooth harrow with one and two horses, and then we hitched the team to the potato digger. Wrong season for digging potatoes though, so the digger was only pulled back into the yard. Then there was still the tool shed with different ploughs, the seed drill etc. to inspect, and the tipping cart and the sled to try out.
A full long day, and we all went back to the house for more tea and cake at the end, and everyone had another chance to ask more questions and look at the collection of working horse books.
Thanks to all for coming along and making this day a success, and thanks of course to Henry and Winnie for their endless patience!!!