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Meet Sasha and Basil (aka KBIS Star Attraction)

Meet Sasha and Basil - KBIS Horse Insurance
Meet Sasha and Basil - KBIS Horse Insurance
Meet Sasha and Basil - KBIS Horse Insurance
Meet Sasha and Basil - KBIS Horse Insurance

I am Sasha Hargreaves, a 20-year-old event rider based in Oxfordshire. I have recently set up my own training/competition/livery yard to progress my career within the equestrian industry after having some very successful youth years. In 2017 and 2018, I represented Great Britain at the Junior European Championships where I finished individual 5th and team silver in my second year. I am also a part of the BEF Performance Pathway Programme, have my coaching qualifications, my Pony Club A test and have competed up to Advanced/4*.

Earlier this year I got the opportunity to take on KBIS Star Attraction, a beautiful 3-year-old bay gelding, who already stands at about 16.3hh! He is out of the successful 4* eventer KBIS Starlet by Primitive Proposal sire. This horse has all the attributes to make a top eventer and I hope you enjoy reading about our journey from an unbroken, slightly gangly 3yo, to hopefully a successful event horse!

After finally picking Basil up after lockdown number 1 was eased, I was keen to crack on with him and start the process of breaking him in. Before this, however, our brilliant dentist came and removed a wolf tooth and also the caps of two of his molars. This meant that I could put a bit in his mouth knowing it wouldn’t cause him pain. As Basil has had such a positive first few years in life, I was really keen to continue this and take my time breaking him in. To start off, we spent a week just getting him settled in and also getting used to things on his back, he had never even had a rug on before! I was immediately impressed with his attitude. Other than a little run around in the field, he barely reacted. This was much the same as we progressed onto a saddle and then a bridle.

Once he was happy fully tacked up, I began to teach him how to be long-reined. At first, he was a little unsure and needed someone to be near his head however after a couple of days he got the hang of it. Once I was happy he understood the meaning of the bit it was time for me to get on board. Again, he took this all in his stride. We started by just leaning over him in the stable, this proved slightly challenging as he is not small and the stables are not big! With this I spent some time sat on him in the stable, again, he wasn’t bothered at all. What I have found really interesting with Basil is that he isn’t worried by anything other than dismounting, which he finds really unbalancing and worrying at the moment, so we are practising a lot.

We soon progressed to being lead around the barn, then led around the lunge pen with a rider on board. Once he was happy with this we started to lunge him with me on top, first in walk and then in trot. I kept the lunge line on as he is a horse that takes a lot of comfort from someone being stood on the ground and this also allowed him to get used to a rider without having to use hand or leg aids to start with. We are now happily walking and trotting around with rider aids and are just about to progress into some canter work.

The most brilliant thing about this young horse is his attitude. With my busy eventing schedule, he sometimes has to have a few days off, however, he isn’t fresh or excited afterwards. He has a brilliant relationship with people and seems to really enjoy spending time with us, this is so helpful as he wants to please and he wants you to be his leader. As he is such a great learner it would be so easy to rush things, however, because he is so tall and still quite gangly I am taking it slow. My hope is that in a month or so I will be able to ride around in the school and take him for some quiet hacks. At that point he will have a couple of months in the field to grow into himself and process what he has learnt. Luckily, his best buddy, Salty, will also be needing a holiday at around the same time so he will have his favourite friend with him!

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