Today there was a showing of stallions by the National Stud at Pompadour. I had never been to the stud (Haras) before, so I was keen to see Tom being shown and to have a look around the buildings in this lovely French town.
The first picture is of Tom and two other stallions in the menage (arena) which is surrounded by huge stabling blocks.
This area looks even more impressive viewed from the other side
This is just one of the many huge stabling blocks. I wouldn't want to be sweeping these cobbles every day!!
This is Pompadour chateau, which dominates the lovely ancient town
This is Tom being shown. The handler must be very tall as Tom is quite big and looks like a pony here!
The photo above is the dummy horse that they use to collect semen from the stallions when they are using the artificial insemination system. It doesn't look very inviting does it? Neil thinks it should have a head and some lipstick, but I am assured it does the job and Tom never has a problem using it!!