Hugo arrived in February 2017 and he's been growing ever since! He was born in May 2014, bred locally. He has a great aptitude for learning and is quite the clown.


July 18, 2017
Hugo's adventures
Hugo_Torbay_and_District_9th_July_2017_01.jpg17-07-16_Hugo_Backed.jpgHugo has had a busy few weeks. On 9th July, we went to his second show, this time without Shaun for company. We were parked near the entrance and his first educational moment came when all the trailers came past him and made quite a racket for a boy like him. After about 10 vehicles, he had decided that actually the vehicles were fine and not that scary. It did strike me that it was a really good way to introduce a young horse to vehicles without being on the road. 

So when we finally got to the show ring, we did a Turnout Class, where we came last as he was the only one that wasn't plaited. After that, we did a youngstock class and he came 2nd. He was a bit agitated and excitable so we need to spend some more time just hanging out at our next show, which is at the weekend.

After a really busy week for me, I was lucky enough to have a few days off, which I really needed. My friend Karen Corbett popped over on Sunday and we mucked about loading Hugo on her trailer in every permutation we could think of. After that, she suggested that I hopped on him, so we just set it up for him so it was really easy. He didn't really flinch and was more interested in the food being offered to him than the fact I was on his back!

July 4, 2017
Hugo's changing

I took Hugo to a show at the weekend and was lucky enough that a professional photographer snapped Hugo and I in our posh clothes. Hugo did two classes - Best Turned Out and Best 2 and 3 Year old. Being a native breed, he wasn't plaited so we were marked down for that, but still came 5th! He got a little excitable while he was waiting for his turn but settled down again. In the second class, he was much calmer and we came 3rd. Again, I was so impressed by his chilled out nature and manner. Here's a comparison between now and February when he arrived.

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