Ground floor Galleries
First floor Galleries
The Horse Emporium was once the mill's canteen block. The displays are arranged on the theme of horse power Among other exhibits there is a heavy-duty British Railways dray, a decorative chaff cutter and a horse fodder measure. There is a saddler-at-work display, plus horse brasses, horseshoes and other harness.
Horse Farrier information & Horseshoe display
A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses' hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves, if necessary.
Equine Veterinarians information
There is a small section covering the horse vet and includes some interesting objects like the gallstone removed from a horse that looks like a canon ball.
Mane Roll & Flights display
The mane roll used in showing Shire horses is a three strand plait added to the top of the neck. It can be made from wool, stuffed tubes or even raffia and coloured binding tape.
Flights are used to draw attention and accentuate the line of the horse’s neck. They are generally made with a length of florist wire on the end and are plaited into the mane roll as you go. Much the same as the hair, flights are put in at particular crossovers and then continue to be braided in until the length of wire runs out.
Chaff cutter and fodder measure
A chaff cutter is a mechanical device for cutting straw or hay into small pieces before being mixed together with other forage and fed to horses and cattle. This aids the animal's digestion and prevents animals from rejecting any part of their food
Working Horses Display Equipment
The once Far-sighted local authority of Bradford council saw the potential of heavy horses on their streets running a team of horses in a variety of tasks, such as park maintenance, rubbish clearance, plant watering in town centres and promotion. The public preferred them to polluting lorries and felt their local authority was being environmentally conscious while the same time helping the cause of heavy horses. Sadly subsequent councillors decided to axe the horses to save money.
British Railway Dray
Horse Drawn Heavy Duty Dray Wagon
Drays are the strongest type of commercial wagon freight carriers pulled by a team of draft animals. Generally they were used in and around the “big” city to haul heavy loads well into the 1920’s and beyond competing competitively with automotive trucks for many years. Floors were usually flat with smallish wheels thereby being lower to the ground than other types of wagons for easy loading