Save the heavy horses with gentle touch

One of France’s oldest heavy horse breeds, the Poitevin, could soon be back at work if breeder Florent Chevreau succeeds in encouraging more people, and especially mairies, to use them.

The compact Poitevin was on the verge of dying out when tractors replaced it on farms and there are only around 300 breeding mares left in the world.

Mr Chevreau publicised their plight in the summer when he and his son led a trans­humance walk from his Saint-Jean-de-Liversay farm in Charente-Maritime to ...

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