About two hundred years ago when the Reverend James Smith of Avoch wrote of the farmer’s “miserable poneys or garrons” in his parish, the Clydesdale breed of horse had already been developed in Lanarkshire.
Clydesdales became popular throughout Scotland because of their strength, docility and hardiness.
On the farm, the needs of the Clydesdales took precedence over that of the men. The horses had to be groomed and fed with bruised oats and hay by 6am and before the horseman had his meals during the day. (Right – Jimmy Ross with his Clydesdale).