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 quarterhorse-style physique and his straight-forward mind together mean that you know exactly how he’s arranging himself to respond. You can feel him preparing for each change, and go along with the idea or learn to reset the plan. He loves to please his people.
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 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 into thinking there's anything 'beginning' about this lovely gentleman. All of our horses are fresh and ready to have a real conversation at any time. Strut remains absolutely gorgeous at piaffe, willing to give you your first levade, and he's a wizard at flying changes.
His tongue does hang out, that happens when you're missing your front teeth-- but we pretend he's just as dapper as he was as a spry 25 year old.
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, rides with him 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.
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 came to us with fairly significant arthritis in the neck and hocks. The work with him is very gentle and careful and it helps his body retain mobility and ease. River teaches precision, and he’s got a wicked sense of humor! So he teaches you to mind your Ps and Qs, too.
There’s something about him, though, that touches the heart of the handler. This is a horse who reaches out with love and lets you reach right back. Be prepared for some warm and cozy moments right in there with all the charisma and pizazz.
John-John's cool. He's an arabian/saddlebred (American Showhorse) gelding who spent his formative years being a halter stallion. He still sometimes will ask 'wait, is this where I do that chess piece thing with my neck and stick my hind legs out?' and we say, no, dear.
John is stunning, he's got a great sense of humor, smart and engaging. And he's also a fantastic horse for seatwork: steady at the trot, and he's got an easy trot to sit as well.
We adore John-John, and we're not alone. He's got a large fan club.