Museum News

Our Shire Horse, Mac

By 3 February 2021No Comments
Photo of Museum's Shire Horse Mac

A sad day indeed, as we said goodbye to our beloved Shire Horse, Mac, a powerful and strong horse, who leaves a field of happy memories.

It is with a heavy heart that we have said goodbye to the Museum’s Shire Horse, Mac, who passed away this afternoon (3 February) at 24 years old. Many of our staff, volunteers and visitors will have happy memories of seeing Mac working around the Museum site for well over a decade, since 2007, when he joined us. Mac was a Shire gelding from the notable Shire breeder, the late Denys Benson.

Mac has spent some time since his retirement living at the Museum in the company of the Museum’s other heavy horses, Ollie and Kash. As an old working horse, Mac’s health and wellbeing was constantly being monitored and managed by the Museum’s vet and onsite Working Animals Supervisor. This continued throughout all last year and Mac’s condition was reviewed at the height of last summer and again as the winter came. Unfortunately, in recent months, painkillers for pain management were required and sadly, in the latest vet visit, the vet agreed that the time had come to put Mac to rest.

We appreciate this is extremely sad news, especially during this very difficult time. We would like to welcome those who have fond memories of Mac to share their stories with us, and the Museum community.

“Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories” – Anon.

If you would like to leave a tribute to Mac, please post to:

Mac Memories
Weald & Downland Living Museum
Town Lane
Singleton, PO18 0EU

Alternatively, email office@wealddown.co.uk – we kindly ask that you write ‘Mac’ in the subject line, thank you.


Photo of Mac by Museum Interpreter, Fiona Hargreaves