St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days are on in Muswellbrook on May 18 and 19

Heavy-footed: Lindsay Vonbun, of Vacy, and granddaughter Isabella, 8, pictured with Draught horses, Clem and Beau, ahead of Muswellbrook's annual St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days this weekend. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
Heavy-footed: Lindsay Vonbun, of Vacy, and granddaughter Isabella, 8, pictured with Draught horses, Clem and Beau, ahead of Muswellbrook's annual St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days this weekend. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

THEY were bred for their strength, temperament, and patience, and Lindsay Vonbun thinks the world could learn a thing or two from the humble heavy horse.

The organiser of the St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days said the event was an opportunity to educate the community about the part these horses played in developing Australia in the 1800s and 1900s.

"They were our tractors, back in the day," he said.

"When people see them up close, they are always impressed. For older people, it brings back a lot of memories, and the kids are always in awe of their size."

About 80 heavy horses - mostly Clydesdales, Shires, Percherons and Australian Draft Horses - will demonstrate the skills, strength and gentle nature of the animals in events such as the log snig, pumpkin snatch, barrel race, and the work day challenge.

A new event will also feature historical farming implements.

"It's all about keeping the heavy horse heritage alive," Mr Vonbun said.

The field days take place on May 18 and 19 from 8.30am at the St Heliers Exhibition Ground, Muswellbrook.