Equestrian Archive

Open top Driving

Made by the Forge enjoyed the recent Bank holiday by taking the opportunity to drive out in the sun and fresh air. It was no different from packing up a car to go out; everyone needed hats, body protectors instead of car seats, driving gloves, the sunglasses were optional.

Sam ready to go.

Murphy, our horse power for the drive, happily pulled us round the delightful lanes and tracks here in Suffolk. Everything was so green and stunningly beautiful lit up by the sun. It was a reminder that not that long ago this was how people travelled if they wanted to get anywhere faster than their own 2 legs.


My friend Simon Barnes who writes and marvels about our wonderfully, wild countryside  says that ‘the wind between a horses ears is the best in the world’! I agree completely and also think that the view between a horses ears is the best view in the world.

The best wind in the world.


This beautiful horse, Bruce, is huge, stunning and a softie.

His carer Marie says that Richard is married to Bruce and must always to continue to look after his feet!

Bruce always gives Richard a cuddle as if to say thank you.

We were recently commissioned to produce a weathervane of a Highland pony. The client had created her own profile from a photo of her own pony. Here is a photo of her ponies in her paddock with the weathervane in the background.


Spring foal

My friends new born foal is so gorgeous. Spring is here.

If you have found your way to our website and are thinking about ordering a product then perhaps you might like to know a little more about what goes on here at Kitchen Irons.

My name is Richard Fishenden and I am a qualified Farrier and skilled Blacksmith. We have been in business for over 12 years. We still shoe horses on a daily basis as part of our business and still use the traditional methods for forging pieces of iron work.

In order to heat up the iron to a forging heat we generally use a gas forge now rather than a coal/coke forge simply because it is quicker and a more consistant heat. We still hand forge all of our products with a large hammer, tongs and a huge anvil. This is fairly unique because most other companies selling ironwork today will buy their stock from China or Europe. Look closely at the images of our ironwork and then compare them to the rest available and you will see that ours are really ‘handmade’.

As we hand forge all of our products to order we can offer you a very personal service. We can make bespoke sizes that are not available off the peg. Please email or phone me if you have something in mind.


- Richard Fishenden