The New Moon and Shooting Stars

As promised: Here are some pictures of Moon Fox – the Spanish Mustang mare – after one month of training with me at Quinta do Brejo. She has been a lovely horse to work with – strong, willing and trusting. Our early work focussed mainly on developing communication and rapport through lunge work and then on suppleness and responsiveness through working in hand from the ground.  With that foundation, she’s now feeling lovely as we begin our ridden work.

Charlotte Wittbom riding Spanish Mustang mare 'Moon Fox' at Quinta do Brejo

In the pictures (which you can click to enlarge) you’ll see we’re working a lot in walk, with some transitions in and out of trot, to help develop Moon’s balance and musculature. A young horse, or one early in her training will often have a tendency to fall onto the forehand and be a little uncoordinated until her strength and poise improve enough that she can carry herself in collection underneath the rider. So while we’re schooling I’m encouraging Moon to work toward a better balance with the influence of my own position in the saddle and with sensitive use of the hands. We take things little by little, so that progress is steady and surefooted and we both finish on a good note, looking forward to the next time.

Charlotte Wittbom schooling Spanish Mustang mare 'Moon Fox' at Quinta do Brejo

Charlotte Wittbom schooling Spanish Mustang mare 'Moon Fox' at Quinta do BrejoCharlotte Wittbom schooling Spanish Mustang mare 'Moon Fox' at Quinta do Brejo

In other news: Yesterday a fashion house photographed their new collection with Quinta do Brejo and our horses as a backdrop. Here are a few behind the scenes shots of the day…

Charlotte Wittbom riding Vip; Don Tomaz Noronha Alerção riding Sado at Quinta do Brejo.Charlotte Wittbom riding Vip at Quinta do Brejo.Charlotte Wittbom riding Vip; Don Tomaz Noronha Alerção riding Sado at Quinta do Brejo.Charlotte Wittbom riding Vip at Quinta do Brejo.Charlotte Wittbom riding Vip at Quinta do Brejo.

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