TOM - Clydesdale, 16.2hh - born 2010


Tom joined us during July 2013, and is settled in well but slowly.  Due to accidents and poor health (on our part) his early training was steady, but he has now progressed into the truly friendly giant that he always promised to be!  

He adores human company, but is also learning to respect the company of other horses without harming himself or them!  This is sometimes a difficult learning curve for young horses, particularly if they have not been brought up in a true herd situation or allowed a lot of freedom in their formative years.  We believe that his early education and socialisation was limited and now we are trying to instill self confidence and good behaviour.

Tom is currently looking after the two young boys, which strangely has helped him in his own maturing process.  A litte responsibility is a good thing!  He has amazingly comfortable paces once you are used to his size.  He rides out well on the long rides, although he pretends that he finds the hills a little challenging. He can be quiet, and apparently ‘lazy’, but with a competent rider he is amazing.

You can see here how he is listening to Hayley, with his right ear on her during the liberty work, but if you notice the left ear is listening to the ducks and donkeys in the field beyond!


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Tom's Barefoot Trims

Basic problem: totally overgrown untrimmed soles and heel bars, with clover shaped feet, and soft frogs.  The fore feet are gradually becoming a more natural shape, but his hinds will take a little longer.  He no longer trips over his overgrown toes, and has a far more balanced gait.  

See some of his barefoot trims here on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/search/tom

Tom has now fully developed to be a wonderful, trustworthy and reliable riding horse, with some great paces.  He loves going out  in the woods and on the moors, and is an ideal ride for anyone.  He is working well towards his goal of a replacement for Dandy, as Dandy goes into retirement.

CATHY & ROD, EXMOOR OWL & HAWK CENTRE, WEST LYNCH FARM, ALLERFORD, MINEHEAD, TA24 8HJ 01643 862816 email: Exmoor Owls