Meet our school horses
All our school horses are worked three times a week, by our trainers, as taught by the classical dressage masters. While many clients will enjoy sitting on our horses, and effortlessly learning the feel of dressage movements such as: a shoulder-in, half-pass, travers, renvers, leg yield and other advanced movements, we believe in supporting our school horses as well. Classical Dressage Training allows us to do this by creating and maintaining enough muscle on the horse so that teaching is easy for them. We train their mind by moving their body through a specific set of exercises. Dressage preserves and prolongs the soundness of the horse. Because everyone deserves to have the pleasure of riding a well trained, well balanced horse. Every horse should have the privileged of being well taken care of.
I am a barn favorite with my gorgeous mane and tale. I am a registered Halflinger that was lucky enough to find their way to Texas from Amish country. I am also very talented, quick learner and can teach you how to ride dressage. I am very versatile as I can do flat work, cavaletti work as well as some (small) jumps. I am not very tall but I am very flexible and supple! I love to go on trail rides as long as I get to go first! When riding me, I like soft hands and someone that looks where they are going so I know where to go. Anyone with a treat is my immediate friend (though I will give everyone a nice nuzzle!). People say I am sweet and have a very good sense of humor. My nick name is golden tatter :)
My name is Rudy and I am half Percheron and half Andalusian gelding. Would you believe that I am just 5 years old! I love to teach students how to do dressage, I'm just a baby learning first level movements and dipping my toe in second level. I love do do cavaletti work, trail rides and can jump. I am big and strong but don't let my size fool you. I have a heart of gold and my trot is so smooth!! I also know a few tricks. I can lay down and sit like a dog :)
I am a small, red roan that has jumped and am a pretty fancy dressage pony! I am ready for the right ready who wants to know what it feels like to ride a talented horse. I am ready to go to some shows! I really do best with small adults and intermediate to advanced, young riders. When you come visit me in the pasture, I nicker to greet you and LOVE a treat!
My formal name is Ovation! I used to be a show horse in dressage and won many classes. I am very photogenic, even at 27! Must be the arab in me. Or it is my beautiful chestnut color and blaze? It might be my short tail which makes me look younger, like a foal! My specialty is working with very beginner riders as I am SO safe. I carry the little kids at the barn because I'm so good at it. So proud of my students when they learn to balance at the walk and trot on the lunge line, then learn to steer with me. I miss them when they advance to my fellow school horses but they must miss me because they come visit with my favorite treat, bananas!
Trained to third level Dressage, I have shown in many shows and definitely wow the judges. No one can resist my quiet elegance and my beautiful paint coat. Gentle and talented, no one can resist my large, soft brown eyes! When they ride me, they love my personality and smooth walk, trot and canter. Come visit me under one of the large oaks in my pasture.
Mariposa (previously known as Cherished)
I have it all! Sophisticated. Bay. Tall. I can jump. I can do dressage and hunt seat. A little slow in the warm up and I can be lazy over the tiny jumps but then my motor gets going and you are in for some fun! Kids and grownups love me. I think it is funny to walk in from the pasture really slowly, kind of to test you to see how much you really want to ride! Love bubble bathes and to be doted on. My favorite treat? Hmm, let’s keep trying them all! I am available for lease or sale, please check out my video here!
Yeah. I am absolutely opposite of my name! I am chill and calm. Black with a lovely white blazed, I am flashy. Hey! Maybe that is where I got my name! Pretty perfect in lessons and on trail rides. I specialize in working with kiddos when they are learning to ride, on a lead rope or lunge line. I can be very funny when I grunt about doing some things. Okay, when I don’t want to work anymore and am ready to go back with my friends, I admit, I grunt. Some find it quite charming! My favorite thing? Grazing with my peeps! My other favorite thing? Going out to meet people, I was showcased in SXSW Westworld in Austin. People feel in LOVE with me as I was so calm among the crowds…
I have been focusing on my mane and tail….Oh yeah! I am a pony with attitude! Wait to you see me in action! I have a huge white blaze, (some call it bald) and I have quite the head of hair! You should see my mane! Then walk around and check out my tail! Woohoo! Need an experienced, small rider that wants to have fun. I can jump and dressage!! I can do it all!!
Two words that describe me – Easy Keeper!! Master at leading trail rides and teaching beginner riders! I have been described as a chestnut TellyTubby because I am chestnut, short and stocky (muscled!). No matter what I am doing in the pasture, I will ALWAYS come to say hi and ask politely if you have a treat or want to give me a scratch! I look GREAT in a western and english saddle and I keep an eye out for any wildlife on the trail and the ring to keep you safe. I have done trail competitions, so nothing really bothers me. In the summer I really like getting hosed off after a ride.
Everyone knows I am one of the best at trail rides, teaching lessons and summer camp. You bet! My favorite thing is to find yummy grass to snatch while at work. I have to admit, I have been known to even eat bluebonnets (is that wrong?). I’m a bay with black mane and tail and look very dapper in my western and english gear. I am working on my dressage moves and I am coming along nicely. I look forward to being able to teach beginner dressage students!
Tucker is a little guy with a big attitude. He is the boss horse in the pasture, can do first level dressage and take you out for a trail ride. Tucker is part halflinger so he has a beautiful flowing mane that is so big it sometimes prevents him from seeing! We have to make sure that he is always braided. Tucker is kind, gentle and patient!!
Guess what color I am?! Yep! Copper! My best friend is Charlie Brown and we always go on trail rides together. I don’t like to eat as much on the trail like my bud CB, but I like to take people out through the Texas woods. You will be glad to know that jaguars no longer roam these woods, I know that I am! My favorite thing on the trail? Besides CB? Getting to see the seasonal changes, the Texas flowers, prickly pears, dew berries (yeah, I have a sensitive side inside my manly exterior). I am also being trained to learn classical dressage and I'm a super fast learner. I can do shoulder-in and am comfortable on long lines, side reins and lunging!!