Monday, 28 July 2014

A horse and his boy


Last weekend we visited Andrew's son, Charlie, at the stables in Gloucestershire.


Here Charlie keeps his horse, Spirit, and studies Natural Horsemanship and Horse Whispering.

Charlie went to school at Ruskin Mill in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire and it was whilst he was there that they discovered Charlies natural affinity with horses.

Being autistic, Charlie has had many problems however, being around and working with horses over the last 6 or so years has helped him to develop many different skills and improved his confidence - so much so that he is now living independently and able to work with the horses and be at the stables most days.


Charlie is very close to his horse, Spirit and the two of them often work together - going around the country to give demonstrations on natural horsemanship and horse whispering.


Spirit doesn't seem to miss a thing - and is quite happy to pose for the photographs


I loved seeing all the tack - for each horse - organised in the large oak barn at the stables


Here a few of Charlies friends are getting ready to go out for a ride...


Charlie explaining to Andrew about the new equipment he's just got.


This chap was so keen for a chin scratch he refused to move away from the gate

And horses are not the only animals living up at the stables.....


There are sleeping cats....


That can't resist a tickle...


or a neck rub...


Wonderful scruffy dogs - this was the only time he was stood still all day.....


Very friendly goats... 


Along with well cuddled guinne pigs; rabbits; hamsters; chickens and a African grey parrot....


The stables are an absolute paradise for children & adults alike....

And I can understand why Charlie likes to spend most of his time up here working with his horse.