Meet Our Horses

Meet Our Horses

Our oldest, and now most famous heavy horse, is Taffy, as featured in the winning photograph for the BBC Countryfile Calendar for Children in Need 2012. Raising £1,234,577.00 for the charity.

If you have visited us before you may remember one of our previous horses; Ben, Captain, Duke, Ernie, Gavin, Jim, and Prince, if you have any photos we would love to see them.

Alan Palmer, Our Horseman

Our Horseman

Hi I'm Alan Palmer, I am currently the  horseman at Tiverton Canal Company. My job is to look after the horses and make sure they are happy in their work.

If you would like to know more about our horses visit our Heavy Horses Facebook Group: Heavy Horses UK.

Taffy

Taffy

Taffy was the smallest of them all...  He stood at just 15hs and born in January 1998. he was a Welsh Cob Section D x Shire. Welsh Cobs are well know for our strength, hardiness, agility and good looks! ...

His good looks won the BBC Countryfile Photo Competition in 2012 (Very Sadly Taffy past away in 2016)

Ross 

Ross

Hi, I'm Ross, the baby of the group, but the biggest of them all, as I'm a Shire horse. We are reputed be the biggest breed of heavy horse and I stand 17.1 hs high and was born in June 2005.  Unlike the traditional Shires that pulled the drays for the brewerys, I have a unique romany nose.

 

Dandy

Dandy 

My breed is Clysdedale, I'm 16.1hs and was born in January 1999. We are normally seen in the Household Cavalry carrying the big drums, We are a rare breed now and classified as 'at risk' by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, but I am also rare myself, because of my two blue eyes and unique colour: "red roan".

(Dandy no longer works at Tiverton
Canal Co)