Dakota - aka, Impressun My Bunny, came to our program in November of 2010. She is a 16 year old Paint horse who has a dual side to her. On her left side she is a beautiful bay, but when she turns around, her secret side comes out as a beautiful paint. She's about 15.2 hands and has a very very - did I say very - smooth trot that is lots of fun to ride. Dakota is big enough to carry our older riders.
Freckles, who is registered as Verse a te Gal, is a 23 year old Paint mare. You see, she was really shy and hiding when God was painting all the paint horses born that day. Because of that, she missed being "painted" but got speckles of paint all over her, which gave her name - Freckles. Freckles came to us in 2009 when the little girl who owned her decided to do Rodeo Queening and not Western Pleasure showing. We are very lucky because Freckles has a nice trot and a quiet canter. Her broad back is strong to carry our older riders and give nice support to those needing it. The kids just love "dotting" the freckles on her butt as they ride facing backwards.
Shasta's Idol Play - Idol - is a 26 year old half Arabian-Welsh/Hackney cross pony also owned by Chris and Craig Hudson. Idol was initially trained by a student who has emotional challenges. When Idol was only 3 she began to give beginners riding lessons. BUT, when the Hudson's moved to New River, she was not ridden regularly for quite a few years. Her Arabian side is very prominent, which makes her very responsive to our riders. Her small, 13.2 height, she is great for our very small riders. She loves playing with her riders unmounted - on-line.
Indie is, maybe, a new member of our horsie family. Indie is a small palomino mare - probably in her teens. She belongs to a friend whose 9 year old daughter learned to ride on her. Indie also gave lessons to beginner riders. Time has passed and daughter is off to college in the fall and Indie needs a job. We've been introducing Indie to our program and toys - like mounting steps and ramp. It looks like she will be a very nice addition to our family.
Liber-T is a 24 year old Dutch Warmblood who belonged to Chris and Craig Hudson since before she was born. Liber-T is Chris' "Levels Horse" and they are playing in Level 4 in the Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship Program. Liber-T is very sensitive and responds to her rider's signals with very little aids. Liber-T's gaits are very smooth and easy to ride. She has really helped move our riders into a higher level of attention, understanding and coordination.
Lulu, who's registered name is Missouri's Sally Ann, is a 27 year old Missouri Fox Trotter. She is the daughter of Missouri Traveler E, a very famous Missouri Foxtrotter stallion. Lulu came to Arizona from Minnesota a several years ago. We've never had a gaited horse - what fun! Lulu's muscle tone was very poor when she came to us, but with lots of pasture time, her muscle tone improved and she began to work in our program in August of 2009. Lulu has very very long swinging walk and a broad back. This gives our riders a good base for support and lots of stimulation to improve trunk strength.