Rio - PRE Andalucian 15.3hh and
Albi - Dartmoor Pony x Appaloosa! now 15.3hh!
It was 20th October when Albi joined the herd, as an eighteen month pony off Dartmoor - he had never been apart from his mother before, so the seperation and the journey were quite traumatic for him, but he soon settled in well, especially when, on 21st October the very next day we also welcomed Rio to our herd! A beautiful three and a half year old bay gelding bred in the UK - my 'dream horse' since 2007 when I travelled to Spain on my first Spanish Riding Holiday. I fell in love with their character, strength and ease of travelling over the high peaks of Catalonia! Ideal for Exmoor! Both babies are great companions to one another, and share their herd space with Tom, our Clydesdale, who is still also a youngster!
Rio is riding out over the moors, through woods, rivers, cantering fields and trails, with confidence, but is not yet ready to be a lead horse, or to develop his arena training too far - everything with Rio has to be ‘in his own time!' He has just (January 2019) understood, to a degree, walking and trotting sweetly in the arena, showing great listening skills to body language and gentle aids, so we are confident he will grow on each new training opportunity that we can give him.
Albi has just been backed (now 3 yrs) and will gently continue with his training by road rides, inhand arena work, and then gentle hacking out through the woods. Rio will teach him we are sure which will help to raise Rio's own self confidence!