This beautiful gelding came to us at the age of 2 years and has very noble blood lines, Dynasty being his dad, and Royal Perogative and Bush Telegraph being his granddaddys. His bone plates did not fuse as quickly as his race owners wanted and they were not prepared to let him rest as not everyone wants to pay for a horse that they cannot ride. At the time Tom Ro Haven was a pipe dream, however the founder of the haven was persuaded to go and look at him in the hopes that she could possibly save him. She ‘anxiously’ went to meet him and was fearful of what she could do without a safe haven. Within minutes of meeting him he put his nose down the back of her shirt and nuzzled her neck, it was all over- Gillian simply had to have him!!
Being a young thoroughbred and never having been ridden before, we rested him for a year. From the outset Ashwood has been gentle and trusting to all that come into contact with him. He is not an Angel all the time however a small boy weighing no more than 30kg can safely lead him in and he walks like a puppy with his nose practically touching the ground! I am uncertain if we were aware at the time that Tom Ro Haven had just been born.