There are currently 13 horses at the riding school.
Seven of these are Connemara Ponies as they are very versatile. Generally of a quiet nature and strongly built, Connemara Ponies are ideal for beginners as well as advanced riders, also they can carry children or adults. There is also one Irish Sport Horse, one Thoroughbred, one arabian horse, one Quarab, an Appaloosa cross and a small pony.
Meet our horses:
Being 28, Mashud is the oldest of the horses. He is a beautiful bay Arabian Horse. Until a few years ago he was working a lot, especially with beginners and small children. As you can see, he even lets dogs ride him!
Today, he is retired as he is getting old and Arthritis has set in, so he is living out his days in peace (when he is not getting harassed by younger horses!)
He is still the boss of most of the herd and still as cheeky as ever.
Pepina is a 13 year old chestnut Quarab, her father was an Arab like Mashud and her mother a Quarter Horse. She is Mashud’s best friend and simply adores him.
Pepina is a bit of a dragon and is Mashud’s second in command.
She is generally only ridden by Carmen as she is a one person horse.
Jessie is a 19 year old chestnut Thoroughbred mare who is also retired due to Arthritis. She was a racehorse in her younger days. After her racing days she worked in the riding school for about 6 years. She was a very quiet horse and liked by everyone. 5 years ago she had a son, Finn.
Finn, as mentioned above, is a 5 year old grey Irish Sport Horse. He is the baby of the herd. He was trained as a 4 year old and ridden gently during the winter. He is now able to work like the other horses.
Bandit is a big grey 7 year old Connemara pony. He is Finn’s half brother, they are both sons of Newtown Rebel and are both very quiet and easy going.
Bandit is equally enjoyable for beginners and advanced riders, he can be quiet and lazy and very safe for beginners or fast and fun for the more advanced rider. He is also very good with people who have special needs.
Bluebell is Bandit’s best friend. She is a 12 year old Cremello Connemara mare. Bluebell likes going fast but is easily controlled. She had a foal, Benji, and herself and Benji are still very close and love each other.
Benji is a 6 year old grey Connemara Pony. Like his mother, he likes going fast. He is a very friendly pony who loves coming for a cuddle.
These last four mentioned, Bluebell, Bandit, Benji and Finn, are really good friends and mostly stick together.