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Our Horses

Care, Lifestyle & History in the Vineyards

Our amazing team of horses are both Clydesdale and Australian Draft Heavy Horses. The Clydesdale breed was developed from Flemish stallions imported to Scotland and crossed with local mares. The first recorded use of the name "Clydesdale" for the breed was in 1826, and by 1830, a system of hiring stallions had begun that resulted in the spread of Clydesdale horses throughout Scotland and into northern England and eventually Australia. Clydesdale's were used on farms and vineyards for ploughing, cultivating, harrowing and so on. Horses have an advantage over modern farm machinery in that they do not compact the soil as much as some of the heavy equipment, thereby benefiting soil structure. We see horses still used for working in vineyards for exactly this reason. Our Horses are well cared for and enjoy a balanced lifestyle. We take the health and comfort of our incredible team very seriously and the needs of our equine team come first. The horses we select are chosen due to their enthusiasm and enjoyment for the role. All our horses also enjoy early retirement to well chosen homes where they continue to enjoy the love, affection and care they have become accustomed to. Reach out to find out more about our Equine Team.

The Team at Hunter Valley Classic Carriages!