Guess who has begun his training?
Little Efstur – and he is all enthusiastic (I love the way he looks to Daisy, slightly touching her hand as he leads – Haakon has always done this too – it’s a silent conversation).
Daisy is in charge. This is Efstur’s fifth time in the school. First there was some brushing.
So Efstur pressed his nose up against the wall and tried not to think too much about it.
He asked Daisy what on earth she was doing?
Next up, some leading practice.
His brain had a little wander……
And Daisy got him straight back to the job in question.
Then some lungeing – nothing strenuous, just the basic commands. We teach the youngsters to turn inwards when they are asked to halt.
Efstur loves being told he is a good boy.
This was the first time he had trotted on a lunge.
Then it was a formal introduction to Mr Saddle-Cloth.
And again, he looked to Daisy for reassurance.
So smart, so very very smart (this is Efstur’s Princess Di look).
And then the saddle.
He took it all in his stride and Daisy reassured and rewarded all the time.
There was a very brief moment when Efstur said that possibly no one could walk with a girth around their belly until then he realised he could.
The Support Team took an interest.
Well, some of them.
Noisy flapping about resulted in no reaction.
Efstur had his Daisy.
So, in his book, all was right with the world.
A little lean just to see if he would mind. He didn’t.
And that was that! Job done for the day. Short and sweet. How we like it. As ever, we will take things slowly. Little boy is all growed up!