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The end of the day - Hard work, but Robert maintains it is much more satisfying than using a tractor.<br />
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Old fashioned farmer Robert Sampson is turning back the clock on his 265 acre plot at Harbridge, near Ringwood in Hampshire.<br />
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Despite his tractor giving up the ghost last year Robert has managed to plough 20 acres, roll 60, and harrow 100 all with the help of traditional horse power from his 18 Percheron heavy horses.<br />
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The sight of him at work using long forgotten methods frequently stops the traffic and he is often interupted to explain to passers by delighted to see horses working the fields of England once more.<br />
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Although it takes him three times as long to till the land as it would with a tractor Robert maintains the economic benefits as well as his enjoyment more than make up for the slightly slower progress.<br />
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Robert is a fifth generation farmer on the farm which his family have worked with horses since 1885.