Meet The Horses
Some horses will test you, some horses will teach you, and some horses will bring out the best in you.
Here at Strides our horses come from all kinds of backgrounds. One of our favorite things to do here at Strides is to rescue horses or buy horses from auction to re-train and love. Whatever kind of horse it is you're looking to bond with, Strides likely has a personality you can love. Stay tuned for updates about new foals in 2023! We are expecting babies from Spicy, Zena, and Irish!
"Dreamy" aka "Virgil"
Dreamy is a 22 year old retired show horse. He is our biggest horse standing at 16hh. He is an Overo colored paint gelding. Dreamy's mellow personality makes him an ideal horse for first time riders. Dreamy loves long naps in the warm sun.
Atlas is an arabian that was rescued by Instructor Mikkayla in summer 2022. Atlas is a youngster at only 7 years old. Though he arrived in very poor condition, he has made a full turn around in his short time with us even completing a top finish in a 25 mile endurance ride this fall. Atlas lives here at Strides, and belongs to Instructor Mikkayla. Students love him for his free and forward walk as well as his sweet personality. Atlas loves scratches, especially on his neck and belly.
Rogue, though a fan favorite at Strides, has a cheeky and mischievous personality. Rogue is also very young, only 6 years old! Intermediate and advanced students enjoy riding Rogue. He is petite, but very athletic. Rogue was bought at auction Spring of 2022 and has attended all kinds of adventures since joining us including top 10 finishes in two endurances rides, an instructor beach trip, WAHSET, and winning a trot a pole class at the local jumping show. Rogue appears to be an arabian or arabian cross.
Major is a 19 year old Haflinger x Arabian Cross. Major was an accomplished kid-packer and jumping horse before joining strides. Beginner students love Major for his comfortable size and kind personality. Major is super fuzzy in the winter time, notice his special clip job to help keep him cool when working! Major absolutely LOVES food, he lives for his grain bucket and treats.
Chico is Strides only leased horse. We believe he is a shetland pony and stands around 10hh/ 22 years old. Chico being a leadline/ridden piny, but he really comes to life when pulling his cart. Chico can also be very cheeky, he loves to escape and break into the tack-room to find grain. Chico has an extremely thick coat and must be throughly groomed to avoid fungal infections. Chico's favorite thing is to be hand-grazed in the yard.
Irish is a 14yo un-raced Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB). She is due to foal likely early 2023. Irish was rescued at auction August of 2022 and is currently being re-trained in dressage and jumping by Strides owner Leilani. Irish loves butt scratches and will back up to anyone in her paddock in hopes of a good scratch. Irish hasn't started giving any lessons yet, but we will begin introducing advanced riders to her soon.
Zena is 10 year old Friesian x Andalusian cross. Zena was not a rescue as her breed is very expensive and hard to come by. Zena was purchased as a bucket-list horse by Strides owner Leilani, because she always wanted a fancy horse like you see in the movies. Zena is strong willed and fiercely independent just like her namesake. Zena is incredibly safe for all levels of riders and enjoys occasional trail riding outings to stay fresh. Zena will have a 3/4 Friesian 1/4 Andalusian foal June of 2023 by Grail Quest Varekai.
Spicy is a 17 year old retired barrel horse that has enjoyed other disciplines in retirement including fox-hunting, jumping, and dressage lessons. Spicy is an advanced rider only horse, as she lives up to her name. Spicy enjoys going forward quickly, and has the most buttons of any horse on the farm. Spicy is also due to foal in June 2023 by a bloodline very special to Stride's owner 2019 blue roan stallion King In The North that was sold in 2022 to help fund Stride's new barn.
Ares is a 16 year old Quarter Horse x Mustang cross. Ares is a big grey gelding with a puppy dog personality. He loves trail riding, and currently goes to WAHSET practice every week. Ares is ridden by our advanced and advanced intermediate students. Ares is available for sale at this time, due to needing another intermediate level horse for Strides.