Gentleman George (Deceased 2009)

Gentleman George ( Deceased 2009)

GENTLEMAN GEORGE: 16.3 HH Clyde/TBX

Offspring of note: Tiraumea Donegal and Tiraumea Curious George

George spent all his working life pulling logs out of the Native Bush while his owner worked at selective bush felling. George was out of ALICE, a half Clydesdale, half TB cross, & by MIRO, one of the line of Fergus O’Connor’s breeding. Such was George’s intelligence & personality,  he never needed the long reins to stop him or indicate the direction he was to turn.  Instead, the verbal command to ‘whoa’ was enough to halt him & stay put,  until given the word to move off again. Voice commands for turning left or right had him turning in the required direction, while “back up” had him stepping backwards & a simple “lift” would have him lift his hooves each in turn for inspection, without his handler even needing to hold the leg up.

Often George would be working in the chains along side a mare, not a problem for him, when at work you worked,  stallion or not.  When he came to us at age 18 years we weren’t sure how many years he would be working as a stallion serving our mares.  He surprised us,  his last foal being born just after he had been put down at age 25 years. Everyone who met George marveled at his fabulous unflappable nature, something he has passed on to his sons &daughters.  He certainly was as his name suggests, a gentleman, & one of the finest horses I have ever been fortunate enough to have been involved with.

His domain was not at the homestead, instead he lived about half a K away at the cattle yards with his favourite mare. When he first arrived he did spend some time in the house paddocks making his own arrangements,  jumping fences &gates (& the high tapes in front of gates), & going where ever he choose;  not the best when there were two other stallions, mares & foals & riding horses living there as well.   If there was one fault with him it was that he was the top horse, in his mind anyway, & he had no time or respect for other stallions or geldings.  In his world there was no room for any other male horse where he lived, whereas our other stallions are quite happy to live within the same area.  Perhaps it is because they have grown up together.

The freedom of the house paddocks was not to be his so that is when he moved around to the cattle yards paddocks.  He would stay there, most of the time, except when he felt it  necessary to check what was happening back around at the homestead, with that he would simply scale the cattleyards with no more than two strides and head home, only to be taken back around to the cattle yards again, until the next time..

His parting has left a very big gap to fill at Tiraumea, his colt son Bondi will have some very big shoes to follow on from.