Meet Our Horse Partners
We want you to meet our wonderful horses! Our horses have varied backgrounds and experiences, but they are all gentle and generous souls who love helping kids learn.
Baron is a gentle, sweet soul. He was a lesson horse for many years until he was diagnosed with navicular and needed a new job. Baron has special shoes and medication which keep him sound. A student favorite, Baron embodies so many of the characteristics we stress at Windhorse: patience, kindness, respect. He loves the kids and he truly loves his hay, daily supplements, and his loafing shed!
Chaycee came to us from MSU in 2021 and we are so glad she did! Though she wasn't physically able to manage their rigorous program, she does great in the more laidback and easy work that Windhorse requires. Chaycee is a sweetheart and was an instant friend to the other horses. If you are wondering how she got her name, it's because at one time she was hard to catch -- but no longer!
Scout is a beautiful Appaloosa who had been a kids’ trail horse but was finding it harder to do because of some arthritis. His owner hated to see him sitting around doing nothing, so she is leasing him to Windhorse. Here he gets loved on, groomed, ridden through lots of obstacle courses, and trotted occasionally. Scout would prefer to stand still and eat, but he is a good sport when it’s time for classes. He is a very good teacher because he makes the kids work hard!
Blue came to us from Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Emigrant. Unfortunately for them, he has COPD (aka Heaves) and can’t do the rigorous trail rides at the ranch. But he is perfect for the easygoing Windhorse program. Horses with heaves often need daily meds in the spring and summer, and it’s important to keep the dust to a minimum. Since Blue came to us, he's had no signs of heaves -- yay! He is a sweet soul who loves attention and is very patient with the kids. We are thrilled to have this big blue-eyed boy as part of our program.
Gray came to us after a career playing polo. He is has a kind and intuitive nature that supports our kid’s learning. He is learning things he never knew how to do as a polo pony, like back up and slow down. He has really embraced the slowing down part! Gray loves to take naps and will even fall asleep on your shoulder if you're near.
Before Taco came to Windhorse, he was a trail horse! Taco unfortunately has navicular syndrome, which is a disease that affects a horse’s feet. The navicular bone in horses is a small, flat bone in the hoof, and this common syndrome can cause lameness, which made the trail too much for him. Taco is already loving the easy-going lifestyle of our herd, and is now comfortable and happy to walk and show the occasional trot in our classes. Taco loves to play with water, and is known to paw and splash in his water trough for fun. His name is a hit with the Windhorse kids of course! He is patient and kind, and is a wonderful listener.