The Clydesdales

We work with all breeds of horse, but we have a particular affection for the Clydesdale.  Generations of Skinners have worked with them in the North East of Scotland and we continue to surprise the horse world with their versatility.  

We can trace our history of working with Clydesdales back hundreds of years. George Skinner came to Strathorn when his Father Daniel moved the family here in 1939. Clydesdales were an essential part of farm work back then.

Traditionally a Draught horse, they were used for pulling wagons and farm equipment but with the rise of mechanised agriculture the breed went into decline.  To preserve and promote this amazing historic breed we continually reinvent their purpose.  They pull wedding carriages, they pull “ladies carts”, we ride them side saddle and we have formed a ridden display team. 

From left to right; Daniel Morrison Skinner, Benjamin Robert Smith Skinner, and Daniel Albert Skinner. Photo taken in the late 1920’s at Pulwhite Farm Culsalmond.

Clydesdale Horse Drill  Team

You may have already seen them in the main ring at many of the summer events around Scotland.  The Strathorn Farm Clydesdale Horse Drill Team.  Our team of four Clydesdales and their highly skilled riders continue to impress people with the power, grace and elegance of their formation riding.  If you would like to book an appearance please do not hesitate to contact us  

The Drill team at Tain Gala 2022
George and Windsor out with the Sleigh
Kalli Riding Edward taking Champion at Blair 2022 in the ridden Clydesdales
Photo of Clydesdale Mack by Katie Watt