Three large Shire horses are to enjoy well-earned retirement with The Horse Trust in Buckinghamshire.
Jim, at 19hh, is the biggest horse ever to come to The Trust’s Home of Rest for Horses. He, along with Tom and Tryfan have moved from Bodafon Farm Park in Llandudno, where they were a visitor attraction.
The Park’s owners, Bryan Cogger and Kay Parr, can no longer continue to manage the heavy horses, which are aged between 20 and 23.
Before moving to Bodafon Farm Park, Jim and Tom worked for many years for the Whitbread brewery as dray horses delivering the beer to local hostelries. Tryfan was a farm horse.
Kay Parry said: “The horses have been part of our lives for more than 10 years. They are precious to us and have been a delight to hundreds of people visiting the farm or seeing them at shows, weddings and parades.
“We are so grateful to The Horse Trust for continuing to keep them where they can continue to enjoy visitors and for providing the care and kindness for the horses in their later years.”
The Horse Trust is the oldest horse charity in the world. It is the largest provider of grant funding for equine welfare in the UK, committing annually to a programme of horse welfare, science and education.
The Horse Trust manages the Home of Rest for Horses where these three Shire horses have come. This sanctuary is funded solely by donations and legacies and provides lifetime care for more than 100 retired working horses, ponies and donkeys.