Working Horse Centre

ABOUT US

Deep in the shadow of Dartmoor is Hitch-In Farm, a 35-acre piece of land that’s managed and cultivated by horsepower alone. Our horse-drawn ploughs and sleds bore furrows through the soil, transport bales and wood across to where they are needed and help manage the land in a sustainable way with the minimal use of fossil fuels.


Our aim is to preserve working horses in a way that’s compatible with modern life and teach those skills to others.


Hitch-In Farm is largely self-sufficient as a small-scale farm. Our drive towards sustainability includes using modern equipment that’s purely horse-powered – our I&J hitch cart lets us use modern balers and other conventional tractor machinery, with a PTO shaft when pulled by a team of horses, and in 2016, we produced 700 bales without a drop of fuel.


At Hitch-In Farm, we offer taster days, weekend courses, and more tailored courses by request throughout the year. We love to teach you what we know about traditional farming techniques brought into the modern era. With more than 20 horses on the farm, we can cater to those wanting to learn about driving large teams to individuals looking to find out more about the basics of working horses on the land and driving farm vehicles. We can cater to all ages and abilities.

Contact us today at 07939 248 371 if you’d like to find out more about our horse-drawn farm and forestry experiences or carriage driving lessons.

 

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COURSES

TASTER DAYS

WEEK COURSES

TAILORED

GIFT VOUCHERS

Taster days for those who just want to have a go at horse work from £80 for a full days private tuition.

Training courses in horse farming, carriage driving and team driving from £450 for a comprehensive 5 day course.

If you want to learn a certain skill, get in touch and we can tailor a course just for you.

For a gift with a difference, we offer gift vouchers for courses. 

All of our courses are totally hands-on and can be tailored to the sort of work you are interested in trying.  No horse experience or farm experience is necessary.

Get in touch for more details!

"What a fantastic day! I cannot recommend their courses highly enough. They are lovely and welcoming, and so passionate and knowledgeable about what they do."

"Absolutely loved every single moment at Hitch In Farm"

"Great course. Mike and Ellie very friendly and welcoming with a vast amount of knowledge and experience to share, both have a very easy teaching manner All hands on and small group with lots of one to one tuition"

"These guys know their stuff! So friendly, informative, patient and fun. The ponies know their job backwards, can't wait to go back again!!"

 
 
 

TRAINING

Farm and carriage horses are very highly trained animals. Our horse driving training can take horses of different levels of training and ability and turn them into productive workers and driving horses. We offer:

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  • Breaking and training horses for farm work and carriage driving from £150 per week to include one free day of training with your horse every week. This helps you see how your pony or horse is progressing as they learn how to adjust to new commands and experiences. It also helps you to learn how to work with them to do the jobs you need done.

 

  • Retraining problem horses and assistance with behavioural problems from £200 per week. We can help with a range of behavioural issues.



And humans need training, too. Our work horse training is tailored to your needs, so drop us a line at 07939 248 371 if you’d like to find out what we can do.
 

 

CONTACT US

Ellie and Mike Paddock

Hitch-In Farm

Highampton

Devon

 

hitchinfarm@hotmail.com

Tel: 07939248371

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