13 year old
Handsome dark bay
Passported as a thoroughbred cross, though he’s more of a sport horse type, laid back, middle weight, and a good doer.
Hugo is a lovely horse to handle, ride and compete.
At home he produces some lovely flatwork, currently training novice level movements, but has done more in the past. He goes correctly in all three paces, and shows good lateral work, as well as flying changes. He is forward but doesn’t rush, he comes back to you nicely and is always ridden in a snaffle. He has competed up to novice level in his previous home and we do not doubt he could excel in this sphere.
Hugo’s real forte is jumping, he brightens up when he’s asked to jump, and is eager but doesn’t get too fizzy. He is balanced into a fence and makes a nice shape. He’s the type of horse that will take you into it and sort the striding out for you. He has jumped up to 90cm at home with us and behaved beautifully when we took him schooling at a nearby competition centre. In his previous home he jumped up to 1.10m and certainly shows a lot of scope, rarely touching a pole.
Although we have not done so ourselves, Hugo has been cross-country schooling in the past. He loves water, and we can only imagine he’d thrive out on the cross-country course. He may suit eventing!
Hugo would suit someone looking for a horse to compete, take to riding club events, and have plenty of fun with, in a one-to-one home. The reason for sale is that I bought him to hack and to work in the riding school a few days a week. Unfortunately, although good in traffic and around farm machinery, Hugo is not easy to hack alone as he naps. He tends to back up or be spooky and this is not something I have been confident enough to push through. His previous home hacked him in company and took him to fun rides but he is not a happy hacker. Hugo thrived with his last home with a young teenager who took him to dressage at novice level, XC and SJ and almost always came home with a ribbon.
Hugo can throw the odd excited buck occasionally when going into canter so would suit a confident rider. This only happens every so often.
Hugo is lovely with the dentist, farrier, vet. He’s good to turn out, bring in, and currently lives in a large herd of geldings. He’ll load himself on a trailer and is impeccably behaved at new venues. He has recently had a 2-stage vetting and passed with flying colours. The vet even rang us to complement his ground manners. Hugo does wind-suck on his hay net, but we have a vet report stating this will not affect his health or well-being.
He has a brand-new fitted saddle, and his tack can be available at an additional cost.
This is a really sad sale as Hugo was easy to fall in love with! He’s like a puppy and will follow you around. However, as a nervous rider that doesn’t compete or jump much - Hugo isn’t getting to do what he loves most enough and therefore I have to do what’s best for him and makes him happy.
Mid to High 4 figures