Meet the Lesson Horses
is the oldest lesson horse. He is an original to the YFBC property. He is a Percheron Quarter Horse cross. Standing 16 hh. Many years ago he was a “pony” horse at the race track. Even at his advanced age, he is still the top horse in our lesson horse herd. He is used in our beginner program. He has a smooth trot and a slow canter.
is our second oldest lesson horse. Champ is a Paint Quarter Horse cross. Standing 15 hh. He has been on the property the longest. He started his life as a staff horse for the YFBC staff and slowly progressed to a lesson horse as he aged. He had many quirks as a young horse, with several people having great “young Champ” stories to tell. Now he is a solid beginner horse. Nothing phases Champ. He recently started being a vaulting horse! He is a beloved senior citizen at YFBC and VEC.
was donated to VEC. He has quite the swayback which led him to early retirement from his job on a cattle ranch. He is 15.2 hh and is a Quarter Horse cross. Today Scout does beginner lessons and we are careful to not overload his back. Keeping active, maintaining muscle strength, flexibility, a healthy weight, and strong bone density, and still having a job to keep healthy brain function, is important for horses' longevity. Sitting in a pasture causes them to decline quicker!
is an exceptional jumping horse who has donated to VEC. Albert is a “packer” type and knows his job when it comes to jumping! He used to show at 3 feet until he developed severe allergies. His allergies affect his ability to show as showing often entails a more dusty environment combined with the heat of summer. At VEC Albert is in the jumping lesson program and we take care to manage environmental irritants to keep his asthma in check. In spring and fall when environmental pollutants are the worst Albert receives a couple of weeks of holidays. Albert is an Off the Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) and is 16.1hh.
was purchased to be a lesson horse. He is a cute Welsh Cob/Quarter Horse cross. He stands at 14hh. He has an amazingly easy-to-ride canter and great jump! However Roper can be a little looky at new things, so he requires his riders to ride confidently and keep him focused! He is a great teacher.
was donated to VEC. She actually doesn’t have much of a resume. She sat in a lady’s pasture alone and did not have a job for years. The lady eventually gave her to a student of VEC to use. The student put some great work into her and got her training going again nicely! Unfortunately, Smokey has issues getting along with the students' other horses due to her years of solitude. The student decided to give Smokey to VEC. VEC spent two years rehabilitating Smokey’s attitude towards other horses. It was a mix of fear and aggression. Now Smokey can finally live peacefully with the lesson herd! She is an excellent lesson horse, and can even jump small jumps! She still holds onto her sassy attitude, but as we say at VEC “every horse has a unique personality and every horse has something to teach you”. She is a Quarter Horse cross standing at 14.2 hh.
is an older OTTB, standing 16 hh. Her racetrack name was “Lazey Lainey”. This definitely is still the case. Lainey is also in rehab at VEC. She had spent most of her life sitting in the pasture. She has spent her first year building muscle and learning how to move and carry her body balanced again. The first three months at VEC Cheralyne was the only one to ride her. She could barely canter! Lainey was slowly introduced to the lesson program. Now Lainey can canter on both leads and understands how to align her body correctly. She still has a ways to go in her rehabilitation (rehab is a lifelong journey folks!), but it is amazing to see how much better her muscling is in her hind end and topline. Lainey can even trot over ground poles and canter small cross rails! Something we did not think she would be able to do! In her early rehab days, she could not even figure out how to coordinate her hind legs to trot over two successive trot poles!
was a shared purchased between Janelle (Cheralyne’s sister) and VEC. Tucker is an OTTB standing at 16.3hh. He has an excellent resume in the jumping ring, having competed in jumpers and eventing, jumping fences up to 1.10 meters! He is now used in the jumping program only with Cheralyne. Tucker is a talented horse and is a horse that our students who are ready to advance their jumping careers may ride.
is a 13.2hh Newfoundland Pony. He’s stinking cute. He was purchased by VEC from a student who was using him as a jumping horse. However, Oscar also developed severe asthma which limited his athletic ability. He is used in our beginner jumping program and knows his job! He will aim himself at the jumps! We also especially manage his environment to assist his breathing and his workload is reduced to accommodate his ability. Oscar is also an escape artist and uses his small size to his advantage. However, he doesn’t go far once escaped. We think he just enjoys the thrill of knowing he can get out of his pen.
is a small 12hh Welsh Pony. She is a great beginner horse for small kids. She has a great walk, trot, canter and excellent ground manners. Ironically Sugarfoot has a form of horse diabetes (we call it Insulin Resistance in horses), and she needs to be on a special diet. Grass has too much sugar which makes her sick and her feet swell (laminitis). She, therefore, is on a hay diet year-round. However, with the proper management of her environment, Sugarfoot is a happy little pony!
is a miniature pony standing 10 hh. He is our lesson horse of choice for riders 6 and under! He is also trained to drive and can pull you around on the toboggan! Silver was also donated to the camp.
is currently doing a great job of being a Therapeutic Riding horse. He has a great swinging walk that is suited to Therapeutic Riding. Levi used to be a ranch horse, and worked and roped cattle. He has perfect ground manners and great lateral work. Now he is semi-retired in our program. His arthritis keeps him mostly as a walk-trot lesson horse, cantering occasionally when he’s feeling balanced. The more Levi works and continues to move the better his arthritis is. Any time off actually makes Levi very uncomfortable as he chooses to move less, thus increasing the discomfort of arthritis. It is important for all horses to move! Pasture rest is rarely the best option for a horse.
Montigo Bay (Monty)
is a Hanoverian Paint cross standing 16 hh. He was given to VEC to begin his semi-retirement after years of being a competitive showjumper. Monty is used for our intermediate to advanced riders and is great in our Dressage program.
is on loan to VEC from Redberry Bible Camp. She is a Quarter Horse cross, standing 14.3hh. Sprite has a solid walk, trot, canter. She has a personality very similar to Smokey with her added sass.
is on loan to VEC from Redberry Bible Camp. He is a Quarter Horse/Cylde cross. He stands at 15hh. Watson is another great beginner horse who prefers to plod along at slower speeds.