Every year a friend and I meet up at RHS Wisley in Surrey, it is halfway between our respective homes. It is a glorious garden to spend a few hours as we catch up on each other’s news. On our last visit we decided to explore the woodland areas, and were delighted to come across two forestry horses – Tobias and Yser – being put through their paces by Weald Woodscapes.
Tobias (above) is a Brabant, a Belgian draft horse, whilst Yser is an Ardennes, one of the oldest draft horse breeds and as you might guess from the Ardennes region. They are beautiful horses, and also incredibly strong. Both breeds were regularly used in warfare thanks to their calm disposition, active nature and strength. These days they are fortunately not used in battle.