Warming to Wilf

A new face over a stable door is always an exciting prospect, and the promise of an introduction is more than enough reason to escape smog city and hop on the train home for a weekend. Wilf did not disappoint.

A bright bay gleaming in the spring sunshine, we watched as he learnt to extend his stride to match the roundabout of the horse-walker before the anticipation grew too much to see what he was like under the saddle.

Peter will always tell you that with young horses, the most important thing is to have a good anchor man.  Wilf had been broken to ride before he arrived, but in a new environment, we were not taking any chances. I sat quietly on the schoolmaster Corby whilst the leggy four year old was maneuvered beside the mountain block, and the equally leggy Ben sprang lightly into the saddle.

A good few week’s quiet hacking has followed, and Wilf has slowly grown less dependent on Corby, and learnt to open gates, take the lead, and generally become a lot bolder.  His jumping education has also begun – cavalletti and trotting poles to strengthen his back and teach him to adjust his stride.  Now and again, we put the fences right up, or take him into the field for cross country schooling – I don’t think scope will be a problem!

Corby and Wilf have now been turned out for a month or two to have some sun on their backs and grass in their bellies, ready for cub hunting in the autumn. As we all know, cub hunters should be full of grass: weather permitting, ours will be just that!

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