Standing 14.2 hands high…or so, Strut was born in 1984 and he’s still going strong. He’s a beautiful bay arabian of no particular breeding who is our most brilliant master at the seat work lesson. He’s a positive metronome, willing to give the rider a consistent, rhythmic trot that helps us sort out the release and balance of a perfecting seat.
But don’t be mislead by his willingness to help with early work. Strut remains absolutely gorgeous at piaffe, willing to give you your first levade, and a wizard at flying changes.
Navarre is a stunning buckskin andalusian with delightful gaits and a huge personality. He’s shared with the school by his generous owner, Tiffany. Navarre teaches riders the price of opposition: if you get engaged in an argument with this beautiful Spanish gentleman, you know it. If you stay in the rapier end of diplomacy, the riders can be like poetry. He introduces you to the noble art of flirtation, to the power of clarity of intent, to the incredible sensitivity you’re capable of experiencing. And he’s drop dead gorgeous, too.
Blue’s shared with NSAE through the Foundation. He’s a cremello appaloosa with blue eyes and a kind, helpful heart. He’s our go-to horse for teaching gait transitions, as Blue’s simple physique and straight-forward mind together mean that you know exactly how he’s arranging himself to respond. He’s a delightful ride.
Blue’s “vice” is that he’d like to cuddle. He longs to tuck his soft pink nose into the crook of your arm and close his eyes and think about nothing but the sound of your heart beating. This can be very distracting, but it’s always endearing, too.
Pegas is a tall, gracious Akhal Teke stallion, and he’s absolutely well mannered. He’s a tall cremello with hazel eyes. Pegas is shared with us by the Foundation for the Equestrian Arts. Pegas is in recovery from a life threatening injury sustained before he came to the school. He’s got an air of gravitas and an eye with a thousand yard gaze. Or perhaps, the gaze is always deeply inwards.
Regardless, when this gentleman joins his mind to yours, you’re in the company of greatness.
River, like Strut, is another back yard arabian, flashy and full of himself. He’s our best go-to work in hand horse, as his half pass type movements are easy and he loves a conversation with another sentient mind. River was injured by his previous training, there’s some profound arthritic changes in both neck and hocks, so the work with him is very gentle and careful. He teaches precision, and he’s got a wicked sense of humor! So he teaches you to mind your toes, too.
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