What most people don’t realise is that these magnificent beasties actually make a fantastic riding horses which inspire confidence in their riders as a result of their generous but forward going nature. They are very special to work with and I spend my life now with these big friendly giants, taking people for rides out in our beautiful countryside as well as schooling them to improve their ability. Their adaptability as a breed, I believe is second to none, and their ability as a riding horse earns a living for them thereby enabling their continued existence as a breed.
My life with Clydesdales goes back to my involvement with a business called West Highland Heavy Horses, based on the Isle of Skye in the far Northwest of Scotland. We rode out with clients there on the estates of the Clan Donald Lands Trust. We gained a good reputation there and were awarded the Talisker Tourism Award for 2003, a prestigious trophy for tourism in the Scottish Highlands. In 2006, we made a decision to move from the relative obscurity of the Scottish northwest to the relatively high profile Lake District of Cumbria. To make this move we decided to journey on the backs of our big friendly giants the 450 miles from Skye to Cumbria and our new base in the Whicham valley. We journeyed with 12 of the horses with clients riding and the horses performed fantastically over the most difficult of terrain through the Highlands, lowlands and borders of Scotland and northern England, getting to our destination after six weeks travel exactly on time.