Love Pilgrim xx
Henry was born in Surrey on 25th May 2007, he is now nine. He moved to Devon when he was only six months old, he was weaned from his mother and bought by a lady called Linda. He grew up in the North Devon countryside on a Dairy Farm. He lived with several other horses and ponies along with lots of cows!
When Henry was five years old he was given some training and was backed by a local horse trainer; soon after this, in 2013, he came to Calvert Trust Exmoor on loan.
|Henry on long-reigns, April 2013|
When Henry first came to the Calvert Trust he was very hairy and also very muddy! He arrived in the winter and needed lots of washing and grooming to tidy him up before he could start his training.
Henry was then given some intensive schooling by staff here at the trust to educate him as a riding horse. He took everything in his stride and was soon happily being ridden on hacks and in the arena. He learnt to canter with a rider which he found tricky to begin with as he was not very balanced.
After about six months of training the day came for Henry to start his job. He was introduced to centre group guests being ridden on a lead rein and then to private lessons which he found very interesting; he loves being ridden by different people and doing all different kids of work.
Henry was bought from his owner by Calvert Trust Exmoor in 2014 when he had been here for almost a year and had proved himself to be a good member of the horse team.
Henry has now been taught to jump which is probably his most favourite thing to do. He also loves hacking out and is very good in all kinds of traffic.
|Henry's first jump, May 2014|
Last year Henry competed several times in dressage competitions and won a rosette every time, including a first and a second. Because Henry is still quite a young horse its good for him to experience life at shows and other competitions both here at Calvert Trust Exmoor and at other places. This year Henry will be going out to local dressage competitions to see if he can keep his record of being placed every time.
He is also planning to do a more jumping this year as he enjoys it so much, and if he manages to get enough practice in at home hopefully he will be able to go to a jumping show too.
Henry is a lovely gentle horse who is very kind and patient. He has a little bit of attitude sometimes about being brushed and having his girth done up as he can be a bit ticklish but if people are quiet and gentle with him he is very well behaved. Henry is friendly with the other horses in the field and gets on well with everyone. His best friend is Hendrix.
|Henry in the indoor arena, November 2015|
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