Hop Farm Trip

As a culmination to their work on War Horse, Yr.6 visited the Hop Farm to work with two draught horses; a shire horse called Cruiser and a Dutch Draught horse called Lottie.  They were taught about the harnesses, what each part is used for and shown how to harness a draught horse ready for work.  Following this they watched a demonstration of long reigning; some children were even able to long reign Cruiser, he was huge over 16 hands tall! Everyone had a ride in the dray pulled by Cruiser and were able to groom some of the smaller ponies.  There was also a museum showing harnesses, shoes and photographs of working horses in times gone by and an explanation of these.

In addition to the horses, the children were able to spend time with the other animals on the farm and make use of the other visitor attractions at The Hop Farm including; a 4D cinema, jumping pillows, crazy golf, an indoor and outdoor play area and a magic castle full of optical illusions.  It was an excellent day.

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