Support The Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

Learn how you can help us and continue to rescue and care for Heavy Horses in the future

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park - Two horses in a stable

One of the very few Heavy Horse Centres remaining...

We are totally independent - the Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park relies solely on entrance fees to keep the park running and provide for the Heavy Horses and farm animals.

The park is not charity funded - neither do we apply for grants but are proud to be an independent family run organisation. The size of these animals reflects on their cost of upkeep.

The farm park owners feel strongly about educating visitors on rare breed conservation and wish to continue for years to come but need your help to do so. We must look after the Heavy Horses which remain today.


Heavy Horse Heroes

Help to feed and care for Heavy Horses during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park - Heavy Horse Heroes

The Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park is a family run visitor attraction for all age groups homing the five major British Heavy Breeds; Shire, Clydesdale, Ardennes, Percheron & Suffolk Punch as well as ponies, donkeys, goats, pigs, alpacas, chickens, ducks, turkeys, barn owls, budgies, ferrets, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Sadly, this attraction located in Dorset is one of the last remaining Heavy Horse Centres left in Britain.

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected people and businesses all around the world and our hearts go out to everyone who has suffered. We are determined to not let the virus see an end to our beloved attraction and to continue raising awareness of the rare breeds which played a vital role during our history.

The Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park is a seasonal attraction, entrances during the open season have to cover the care of the horses and animals during the winter period when the park is closed. The sheer size of the heavy horses is reflected on the cost of their upkeep. Although challenging, we have always been proud to operate independently receiving no grants or charitable status but as COVID-19 has struck, it has meant we cannot open the gates to our visitors.

The responsibility of providing feed and care for the heavy horses, ponies and animals now rests completely on our shoulders.

We are uncertain when the park will be able to re-open and are concerned that when the time comes and the lock down is lifted, it is probable social distancing (such as the 2-metre regulation) may still be in play.

Due to us being a hands-on learning environment and encouraging engagement with the animals, it would be virtually impossible to operate under those circumstances. With that in mind we fear that it may be a long period of time before it would be safe to operate.

We have to be honest; we have always been reluctant to openly ask for help or promote donations when we are aware there are so many people, businesses and organisations in need of desperate support.

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park - Heavy Horse Heroes

However many of you have reached out to us and suggested that we set up a donation page during the COVID-19 crisis in order to save the farm park as we couldn't guarantee we would be able to maintain the attraction without opening to visitors.

After a lot of thought we have decided to open that opportunity to those of you who would like to help. This set up will be named Heavy Horse Heroes - donations will contribute to providing feed, hay, straw, veterinary and farrier fees so that when the time comes, we will be here ready to welcome you back.

We are determined to survive this pandemic and continue to provide you with a place to learn and make memories as well as continuing to provide a secure home for all our wonderful rare breed heavy horses and farmyard friends.

We cannot thank you enough for your support during this difficult time and wish you all the keep safe and well. 

Become one of our Heavy Horse Heroes

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

How can I help?

We offer unique gifts that make fantastic presents and memories from your visit. All proceeds go to the farm park and help with the upkeep of our animals.

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park - Taya with Abbey Rose and her foal, Lilly Rose

Be a Park Partner

Without ongoing support from our partners, the farm park could not continue to look after our heavy horses and work on the rare breed conservation we care so much about. The smallest amount really does make a big difference.

Donate Now

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park - Children feeding a goat

Adopt a Heavy Horse

For the low price of just £39, you choose which of our heavy horses to adopt and we do the rest! Your adoption package includes a certificate, a Heavy Horse information pack, your horse's biography and a special memento.

Adopt Now

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park - Our Horses

Buy Gift Vouchers

A unique gift for a special occasion, birthday or Christmas present, you can now purchase gift vouchers to visit the farm park. Gift vouchers are available in £5.00, £10.00 or £25.00 value and will be sent via First Class post.

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