About our Lesson Horses, Donkeys, Ponies, young stock in training:
Bay Registered Anglo-Arabian Mare
Markings: Star. Snip.
Summer was a spoiled horse prior to coming to Horse Sense and needed retraining when she arrived. She would back up very fast when she did not want to do something, quite the stubborn mare! She has done some endurance racing, and she does dressage tempi changes. She is smooth and very responsive to ride. Summer loves to jump, and has a youthful personality making her a favorite of many riders. She is also a broodmare and produces tall elegant foals.
Bay Part-Bred Arabian Gelding
Maverick was on his way to the meat plant as no one could control him. He was given to Sonya by another stable that knew she could re-train him. Maverick had been abused and mishandled and would rear, spin and sweat, and shake profusely. His fear of being ridden made him dangerous. He was a very nervous and sensitive horse, but yet, he was not mean. After months of doing slow calm work Maverick started trusting the training process and his high energy was directed to endurance racing where he excelled. He was one of the top 50 mile horses in Alberta, with many Best Condition awards. Maverick has also done 100 mile rides in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Maverick loves to jump and do gymkhana as he’s very quick, athletic and very balanced with a heart of gold. He has a rocking chair canter and would canter for hours if you let him. Maverick is a hard keeper due to his age and lack of teeth. He gets a special diet of food that has to be soaked in water so it is easy for him to eat.
Grey Arabian gelding
Reno is an older gentleman who is great for anyone nervous. He is very quiet and prefers to be quite lazy. This demeanor makes his one of our babysitter horses. He needs a firm hand and leg so riders do learn to become assertive. He drives with Freckles pulling the Cinderella carriage and has helped new horses learn to drive in a pair. His easy going nature allows other horses to do the work when pulling the carriage. Reno never runs away from going to work for lessons, he is always happy to have someone catch him and get him treats. Reno helps with ponying young horses, and likes smaller jumps.
Flea-Bitten Grey Arabian Mare
Freckles was a spirited, very nervous, explosive spooky horse that was bought at an auction by a fellow that did not want her to go for slaughter. He called Sonya to see if she could help turn her around. Freckles was scared of everything and would jump sideways so quickly that staying on was a challenge. With a lot of confidence building and time, Freckles turned into the quiet lesson horse she is now. She was one of the better jumpers clearing 3’3 with ease, pulls the Cinderella carriage and has done well at endurance racing. Freckles always nickers at you when you dismount. Due to arthritis Freckles does occasional lessons and trail rides but enjoys a lessened workload.
Bay Registered Arabian Mare
Markings: Star & Strip & Snip
Sonya picked Terra out of a herd of 70 horses to add to her breeding program as a broodmare. Terra had lived out on pasture for years in Saskatchewan and done nothing under saddle. Sonya noticed her calm quiet disposition and started her under saddle. She was so quiet that after 10 days of riding she was tried out in the lesson program with experienced riders... and Terra was a star. Her easy going nature and very smooth canter is great for beginner riders. Terra likes to move the giant ball and will canter and push it. Terra recently learnt to drive and help pull the sleigh with Star. Terra has produced some excellent foals from Knights N Black Satin that are very tall and correct.
Chestnut Registered Arabian Mare
Also picked out of a herd of 70 horses, Caprice turned out to be Terra’s daughter. Caprice also had no training and lived wild and free on a pasture in Saskatchewan. After producing a foal and being weaned, Caprice was trained under saddle. She also has an easy going nature, but only respects assertive riders under saddle. Caprice, like her dam Terra, has a very smooth flat trot and canter making it easy for beginners to ride. She likes to trick her riders to make them think she’s lazy, but Caprice loves to run barrels and do gymkhana events and can get very quick times! Caprice is also a broodmare and has some beautiful babies that are just starting under saddle.
Star-pictured above over the jump
Bay Registered Arabian Gelding
Markings: Star, socks on all legs
Star is another horse that was referred to Sonya for retraining as he was too much for the owner to handle. He was a rearer and would pull when tied up. He was also very herd bound and would spin to get rid of the rider so he could go back to his friends. All of that was corrected with a firm but kind hand, and now Star looks for people to come and catch him. Star has done endurance racing and is a consistent top 5 horse. He has a bouncy trot that helps riders to learn the posting or rising trot easily. He enjoys cattle penning and sorting and has even worked buffalo. For an Arabian he is quite cowy! Star can also jump 3’ and likes gymkhana. He looks very flashy driving a cart and has taught many riders to drive and enjoy horses in a new way. He pairs up with Terra when pulling the sleigh in winter. He nickers when riders dismount.
Bay Registered Arabian Mare
Shady was given to Sonya as she was too much horse for her owner. She needed to learn to be calm as she is very energetic. She is a bit of a princess but loves people and getting attention. She is quick to respond to aids and carries herself very proud and likes to work. In riding lessons she likes her space and lets other horses know if they are too close. Shady is a good jumper, clearing 3'6" with ease. Shady is a fun horse to ride.
Blue Roan Registered Quarter Horse Mare
This mare has become a wonderful lesson horse, and therapeutic riding horse. When she first came to the barn, she would flinch every time she was touched and was very untrusting and would not let anyone touch her or catch her. But, with calm and firm training techniques she has learned to enjoy the company of humans! She is a stocky horse and can carry heavy riders. Balue is multi talented under saddle, can jump 3'6", chase cows, do lessons, pony young horses. She is very capable Dressage horse as well. Balue likes getting out on trails too.
Dark Bay Arabian Gelding
Shenanigans is an exceptional horse out of our old brood mare Ariel, and Knights n’ Black Satin. His easy going personality made training him easy - he never offered to buck under saddle during his training and was broke to ride within weeks of starting. Shenanigans shows a willingness to learn and enjoys to work for an assertive rider. His calm demeanor has made him a safe and reliable mount; he has travelled as far as Fort McKay to do pony rides for mobile events. He is a capable and calm hunter/jumper and has placed in every class shown with riders new to the show ring. Shenanigans is the perfect size for therapeutic riding and for giving pony rides to first time riders.
White Appendix Mare
Reba is a beautiful tall mare selected to be a new driving horse for our Cinderella carriage. She has a calm trusting personality with a long ground covering stride. Reba loves to get out on the trails. She likes riders to give her a soft rein. She has a very kind nature and sweet face with a very gentle eye.
Grey Part-Bred Arabian Gelding
Troy is a beautifully built, solid, Arabian gelding. He was previously used for endurance riding and has an energetic personality. Troy drives as a pair/team with Reba to pull the Cinderella carriage for weddings and special events. Troy has been jumping, ponying young horses in training and working in lessons. In Dressage Troy recently started learning to do the Piaffe and passage.
Dark Liver Chestnut Donkey Gelding
Chocolate teaches all the younger children how to drive in a cart. He has a dog like nature and likes to please people. He is very calm and easy going. He looks very smart pulling the cart and enjoys his job. He drives with Tiddlywinks as a pair/team pulling the waggonette. He has also travelled all over Alberta giving children rides when we do functions with the petting zoo and pony rides.
Gruella Pinto Mixed-Pony Gelding
Snickerdoodles has given many children rides all over the province and is very popular for his handsome looks. He carries himself very proud and likes to get out and see places. He was part of our Kinder Rider program teaching little ones about grooming, tack and riding. He also drives a cart and helps host birthday parties. He’s very confident of himself as he was a stallion and produced our pony foals ScoobyDoo, Splash, Classy, Kiwi, and Hallelujah.
Gruella Pinto Mixed-Pony Mare
Classy is a pony out of Snickerdoodles and Petite. She has a very friendly and docile personality, allowing kids to ride her. She works extremely well in a pair with her sire to pull our pony wagonette and pony cinderella carriage. Classy has given rides to kids all over Alberta and has been a part of many birthday parties and other events. She loves to get dressed up for Pretty Pony Birthday Parties!
Horses for sale/ to become part of the riding lesson program for 2017
Leggs (Knights N Black Satin x Terra Storm) Talented Dressage mare with 4 socks, fantastic movement, going well under saddle and just learnt to drive in a cart and as a pair/team with Star. Loves to learn, super athletic.
Patricia (Knights N Black Satin x Caprice) she has already been out on some trail rides with a calm disposition. She loves people and gets upset when you don't come to get her, very sweet.
Rosie (Ambassador x Bambies Main Attraction) tall athletic rose grey with a point and shoot mentally thats calm and loves to work and please her riders. Drives single and pairs. Bold and brave with large bone.
Diplomat (Ambassador x Saddie) Rose grey gelding cute and stocky with lots of talent
Conquistador (Knights N Black Satin x Bambies Main Attraction) Lovely minded disposition always looking for a human to pay attention to him. Tall athletic and handsome. Loves to please in training
Pish Posh (Knights N Black Satin x Terra Storm) Black-Super cute filly with lots of presence, showy and elegant with love to work and please people attitude.
Crescendo (Knights N Black Satin x Cassie TB ) At just 2 years old this 15.1 hh bay gelding is showing top notch athletic ability with a super calm mind. He looks like a warmblood but he is an Anglo Arab.
Instigator (Knights N Black Satin x Terra Storm) Dark bay gelding, mature beyond his years who wants to please his rider, been there done that attitude.