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Saved by two out­stand­ing fe­males

At the start of the year, my rid­ing in­struc­tors at Tumpy Green Eques­trian Cen­tre in Glouces­ter­shire sug­gested it was time I found a more ex­pe­ri­enced horse to help progress my learn­ing. Life has al­ways been a strug­gle as I have autism, learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and epilepsy. I’d known Heather Mof­fat and the En­light­ened Equi­tation team for a while, as we had talked on Face­book. They led me to Aun­tie. Aun­tie is a big, stocky cob and I fell in love with her. In our first les­son I got the trot di­ag­o­nal wrong and, as we changed the rein, we both lost our bal­ance. Aun­tie stopped and used her neck to push me back into the sad­dle to pre­vent me fall­ing off. The rid­ing cen­tre staff were dumb­struck. For me it was a sign that I’d made the right de­ci­sion in buy­ing Aun­tie. Ear­lier this year I was in­vited to train with clas­si­cal dres­sage trainer Jenny Rolfe. I’d al­ways dreamt of vis­it­ing her and her beau­ti­ful Span­ish stal­lions, but lacked the funds to do so. I Face­book mes­saged her and asked how much she nor­mally charges, in or­der to save up. Jenny replied: “Come free of charge and I’ll make sure one of my bit­less bri­dles will fit Aun­tie, so that you can have it as a present”. I was over­whelmed by her gen­eros­ity. Jenny taught me how to use my breath­ing and breath en­ergy to con­trol Aun­tie rather than con­ven­tional aids, then we rode out into the coun­try­side. Aun­tie was an ab­so­lute star. I learned so much from Jenny. She gave me a chance and her time and it proves peo­ple can be very kind when you’re brave enough to reach out to them. Char­lie Avent, Glouces­ter­shire

Aun­tie takes great pride in look­ing af­ter Char­lie

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