Hyde Moffatt is now based out of Caledon Village/Cheltenham area, and will actually be home most of the winter this year. He loves doing ship ins, and is great with young horses (no fear of spirited there). If you know Hyde at all, you’ll know his picture is found beside “active” in the dictionary.[/QUOTE]
Hyde is SUPERB. You absolutely cannot go wrong placing a young horse in his program. Soft. Sensitive. Empathetic. But knows when enough is enough and makes the appropriate correction.
He’s shown my mare for three years to great success, and I put my little man’s name down before birth to be on Hyde’s list. I simply CANNOT WAIT for that moment when Hyde puts his leg over my dude. Only a few more months to wait!!!
An alternative for a more do-it-yourself approach is my coach, Di Langmuir. Our horses are at Gimcrack Equestrian in King. She will happily do ship ins (there will be an arena fee on top of coaching, but it’s heated, insulated and has fantastic footing). She can also come to you if needed. She works very closely with Hyde Moffatt. Hence he shows those of Di’s clients that need a pro ride.
Board at Gimcrack is very reasonable for the location, and packages are staggered for needs. I pay about $250 less for my youngster than I do for my show horse, who is herself on the mid-level board. (I pay above and beyond for lessons with Di, but again, VERY reasonable).
The groceries are exemplary. Turn out is ample. Staff are for the most part observant, and unafraid of asking questions. They’d rather text than guess, and I love them all the more for it.
The Gimcrack-owned stock are 90% youngsters making their way up, and before this location Di and I between us (and I’m a full-on ammy) have made a great many champions, including ponies, Young Jumper Development Champions and Ultimate Hunter Champions. Baby greens, pre-greens, combined hunters, do-be horses that truck kids and nervous amateurs around like gold.
Above all, I will happily swear to both Di and Hyde’s ethics when it comes to equine welfare. I know they’ve both lost big clients because they refused to do something that wasn’t in the best interest of the horse in question.