Rookie Riders Mounts

Velvet

Personality: Steady Eddy             

Rookie Rider Mount

(lunge line horse)

 

Velvet is a pinto, which means she has white hairs splashed on her body (right lower belly).  She is a good-natured horse, who can be a lunge line horse, a regular school horse, a trail horse or a ranch horse.  Velvet is a bit lazy but not to the point of wanting to stand still.  In fact, she is very demanding that people pay attention to HER!  She frequently digs with her front feet (pawing) when she does not get her food or a vigorous brushing as soon as she thinks she should.  She is particularly good on the lunge line and listens to the “horse handler” well.  When she goes out to check cows, she might not be the fastest, but she does her job well, if she must chase a cow.  Velvet definitely enjoys grooming and attention.

 

Mattie

Personality: THE BOSS                             Rookie Rider Mount (lunge line horse)

 

 

Mattie (or Sunshine—at least we are trying to improve her disposition) is a bit of a grump.  At her former home she was alpha, and she made sure everyone including humans knew it.  Here, I’m afraid she is in the lower third of the horse hierarchy and we remind her frequently that she is to be a ‘partner’ in our work together.  She seems to have found her calling in being a Rookie Rider horse.  She is pleasant with her riders because she is intelligent enough to realize they are not controlling her; instead, it is the horse handler who IS in charge of her. Mattie is not a fan of grooming or hoof picking.  When going to check cows she wants to lead everyone, going at a fast walk all the way out, and then going in an even faster walk on the way back.  On the lunge line, Mattie walks at a steady, even pace and is not hurried.

 

Scooter

Personality: Steady Eddy

 

 

Rookie Rider Mount

(lunge line horse)

 

Scooter is a very friendly horse but also a very lazy horse, so he must be convinced to exercise; he is usually not very motivated, except by treats. Before Scooter came to Winning Ways, he had a terrible accident and broke his left shoulder. Because of his injury he is not equally strong on both sides, with much less muscle on the left side. That is the reason why his body is a bit crooked, so Scooter is not a horse you can use for cattle drives, long rides or rides on difficult ground.  Only very light people are allowed to ride Scooter, so it’s a good thing that he likes children. He is amazing with little riding students, enjoying the attention and affection they give him. He can go steadily and deliberately on the lunge line with no interest in speed

Dale

Personality Type:

Mucho Rock Star

 

Rookie Rider Mount

(lunge line horse)

 

 

 

Dale has been a ranch horse all his life, he likes to GO, the faster the better.  We are having trouble explaining to him that he has reached retirement age and that he should consider taking it easy.  He is a very good horse for stronger riders to learn their position on, his back is wide and his trot is smooth.  However, after more than 20 years of carefully standing still for mounting and dismounting, Dale thinks the humans have lost their minds asking him to keep walking while a rider gets on or off.  Dale is extremely sensitive to the rider’s mood.  If the rider is in pain, upset or worried he will become agitated. If the rider gets impatient with the cows or another human, Dale will be bouncing with impatience as well.  However, if you trust Dale to take care of you and just relax, he will get  the job done with a minimum of fuss and bother and in a timely fashion. Dale is an absolute gentleman about grooming and hoof cleaning.  He appreciates praise but no fussing please.

 

The Minis

Missy

Personality: I’m a ROCK STAR what else?

 

Ground Work and Driving Pony

 

Missy is a very big personality in a very small body!  She is a busy character and must be doing something or she’s not happy.  Standing still without having something to eat is not likely. Missy would like to be bossy but that is not allowed at Winning Ways, so she must do as she is told.  Her small size makes her manageable by most determined children and all adults who realise they must be the leader and not Missy. She can be groomed and led for Ground Work lessons and she looks very good in harness with a cart.  Oh yes, Missy can do tricks for treats!

 

MR Big

Personality: Just like Mom I’m a Rock Star

 

Ground Work and Driving Pony

 

MR Big is even more sure than Missy, his Mom, that he is the MOST IMPORTANT critter on the ranch!! He is remarkably busy and very demanding of everyone’s time and energy. MR is not the easiest little pony for children to handle but if he is busy eating, he will stand still to be groomed.  Teaching MR something new keeps his handler busy because he catches on to most ideas very quickly. Like his Mom, MR Big goes well in harness and loves to do tricks.

 

Dharma

Personality: Wall Flower

 

Confidence Builder

 

Dharma is the sweetest equine at Winning Ways.  She is also very shy and timid.  However, if MR Big makes her angry enough, she will defend herself. Dharma loves attention and will stop eating to come to a human she trusts and ask for some scratches.  Most children can lead Dharma, and everyone can groom her.  She is kind and gentle and she expects to be treated that way.  If someone breaks her trust, then she has a very long memory for anyone who may have mistreated her.  When Dharma arrived at Winning Ways, she was extremely overweight.  She has lost much of the excess fat, but some fat is still wobbling in the top part of her neck.  It does make Dharma look odd.  But that sweet face and gentle eye captivate all our visitors.  Dharma has a wonderful voice and can be vocal if her friends are not with her.