DANDY - Irish draught x thoroughbred, 17hh, born 1995

Dandy is a magnificent gentleman - he is a kind, gentle ride with huge paces and a huge heart.

'Dandy' is our Gentleman, of Irish Draught x thoroughbred breeding, 17.1hh, and a good weight carrier, with really solid paces, and a long loping canter. He makes a really comfortable ride, wholly dependable, and very forward going. He has been with us since he was 9 months old, and only knows this home now, is very happy, content, and I cannot fault him as a riding horse. Very popular with our heavier riders with a good seat, up to 14stone. 'Dandy' and 'Sirrus' have always been partners since birth, having shared the same breeding field in North Devon!

He will always look after you, but at the same time he is scared of many monsters, and hates being on his own. During his agility sessions we are trying to help him overcome some of his scary moments as he has trained with Damien on a daily basis.

Dandy head

Dandy is an older horse, and everyone enjoys his company. Here you can enjoy some of the training sessions he has with Horse Agility, Stretching and Bending, and Playing in the field.

This is Dandy's Page. We invite you to follow his progress and watch him having fun too! We are looking forward to his progress over the next few months.

Dandy is currently barefoot, since November 2012, and after a sticky beginning he is now comfortable, and going well on all his road rides.  We have just now begun off-road riding with him, and all is going well so far!  We hope that this will continue throughout the season, as well as all the other horses are doing.  (March 2013)

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Barefoot Dandy

As soon as Dandy's shoes came off he took no notice whatsoever!  After 3 weeks he suddently noticed that his feet hurt, so we went through several weeks of riding out in boots, and loads of gentle rides.  He had fairly deep heel clefts, and a certain amount of residual soft tissue on his frogs which needed sorting out, but by May 2013 he was riding barefoot over the hills and trails.  

November 2013

He is forward going, back to his great extended trot (faster than any of our other horses! and happily cantering along our regular woodland and moorland tracks.  His frogs have hardened considerably since using diatomaceous earth and sulphur to dry them out, and no more sore feet!  A great success story yet again for this mature horse!

October 2015

Dandy has had one of his best seasons ever, and did not have to miss a day's work during our busy month of August.  he is striding up and down our challenging hills, and is never phased by the stones - he changes gait well, and still enjoys lovely grassy canters over the tops of the moors.  We hope he will continue well into next year.