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.
March 25, 2018 Freely forwards
The sun came out today and I had a chance to ride Hugo a little longer. We popped out a few obstacles and he spent a little time choosing to walk from obstacle to obstacle, investigating them. By the time we finished, he was happily walking round all four of them both ways with no leg aid needed to get him going. Such a smart little learner :-)
March 12, 2018 Wintered well
Hugo has come through the winter well. He has grown so much in the last few months and is front end high for the first time since I got him. He is an amazingly quick learner but also really sensitive. If you get loud with him or push him too fast, he will just shut down. I figured that out pretty early on so everything I do with him now is bite-sized pieces of learning. His sessions are never more than 20-30 minutes long. His attitude to learning is so positive that I know we have found the right balance. I will not be starting him until later in the year - he isn't 4 until May and I feel like he still has plenty of growing to do. However, there are so many things I can teach him on the ground - he already understands vertical flexion and also how to perform shoulder-in. This should make things so much easier when he finally has to do these exercises ridden.