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Staff with "Hooves"

 

Our therapy horses are very special animals, chosen for their dependable nature and their affinity with people. They are quiet and well trained. 

Please scroll down to see our horses that we are currently using in our program and read a bit of history on them.

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Ali Cat (aka: Cat)

When you think of a blonde bomb shell at Whitemud, you think of Ali Cat. This adorable palomino mare was born in 1992 and being 29 years old makes her one of the older horses on the property in 2021.

Ali Cat came from a lovely family that owner an acreage where she took local children on pony rides. When Ali Cat arrived at Whitemud in July 2008, she was very energetic and did not understand the language of relaxing and standing.

One of Whitemud’s great patrons and volunteers Jean, stepped forward and worked with Ali Cat to help her understand. You would often find Jean just grooming Ali Cat or the pair just standing after a little ride.

Ali Cat is a horse that prefers not to be over handled when you are preparing her for a lesson or leading in a class but loves her riders and makes sure that the stay safe on her back.

Ali cat will often talk non-stop with her leader and because of her gentle and calm nature, is often used with riders who may require two side-walkers. If you have the pleasure of working with Ali Cat in our Little Bits program, then you will know how special this little mare is to all of us.

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Avery

Avery is a beautiful Quarter Horse chestnut mare that is privately owned and has been fully leased to WELCA for lesson use. Born in 2006, this 15 years old mare has the training and energy to help new riders learn how wonderful horse riding is.

Avery arrived at Whitemud in the summer of 2020 with Chrissy and Everest and has been integrated into the WELCA learn to ride program as she prefers not to canter. She has an English background and will test her riders’ abilities by making them learn how to ride and ask for aides correctly.

Avery started with Little Bits in the spring and is a happy addition to our horse family. She is sweet natured, smart and loves to have conversations with her leader.

You can find Avery with Chrissy and Everest in a back paddock where they all live together.

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Birdie

Birdie is a 20-year-old Leopard Appaloosa mare that was born in 2001 and was a lesson horse at various barns.

Her owners decided to move Birdie to Whitemud in the fall of 2020 because of the fantastic care Lollypop had received. Birdie is an experienced horse that has jumped and is experienced under both the English and Western saddle.

Birdie has been used in the WELCA program as a beginner lesson horse in the learn to ride program.

In the fall Birdie joined the Little Bits program where she has started to delight her riders with both her friendly attitude, her engaging stride and unusual looks. Birdie listens very well to her riders and will soon have a huge fan base to call her own. We look forward to Birdie continuing to be part of our horse pack.

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Cocoa

When you are talking about an adorable mare that is not quite horse size but has the attitude like one, then you are talking about Cocoa. This cute bay mare was born in 1994 which makes her 27 years old this year (2021). Cocoa arrived at Whitemud in 2009 and was introduced into the Little Bits program not long after. Cocoa can be ridden both independently with a volunteer’s assistance or have up to 2 side-walkers and a leader around her during a class, but the leader must keep an eye out and give her proper spacing. Cocoa knows what you are asking without too much thought, her past training allows her riders to do movements with ease.

Cocoa’s favorite friend is Ali Cat, and they live together in a paddock and are brought in together for meals up to 3 times a day. Cocoa loves to be brushed and fretted over but you must remember that like any mare, do not overdo it.

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Dakota

When you think of a celebrity at Whitemud, you first thought might be Sparky the cat. Well, he does have a good following, but the real celebrity is in fact… Dakota. Why you ask? Well, Dakota has been part of many, many events since being at Whitemud. She was in a commercial for the CFR rodeo with Gord Steinke of Global TV and a Christmas Eve special on CBC radio playing the part of a reindeer crunching through the snow pulling Santa in his sleigh complete with jingle bells.  A couple of years ago she appeared with Niobe Thompson in a CBC Nova episode called First Horse Warriors.  She has also spruced up photo shoots, including weddings and has also appeared in print media numerous times.  Dakota had also entered her in the CBC royal wedding hat contest wearing a flowery and beribboned creation.  That was for Prince William and Kate’s wedding.

Dakota who is a beautiful bay mare was born in 1998, which will make her 23 years old this year (2021). Dakota was leased to Whitemud in March 2007 and this is when Jean (a great patron of Whitemud) started to sponsor her and in July 2018 Jean took full ownership of Dakota. Jean also helps take care of a few other horses like Ali Cat, her friend Cocoa and Kalee (who is used in the Whitemud program only). I digress though, back to Dakota. In 2008 Little Bits had the honour of adding her to our program and we found that she was a perfect fit. If you need to ride a horse that can be both independent and responsive, then Dakota is your mare. She will shuffle over with the lightest leg but if you do not pay attention the Dakota will not perform her best for you. She wants her riders to engage with a soft hand and leg. Dakota likes to be brushed and tacked with the lightest touch. She is very opinionated on this matter and should be treated with the utmost respect due.

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Sirocco Dancer (aka: Dancer)

Sirocco Dancer, otherwise known as Dancer to her friends, has the heart of a lion and the temperament of a lamb. This gentle bay mare with a big, beautiful star on her forehead, was born in 1995 which will make her 26 years old in 2021. Dancer is a Morgan/Arab cross (otherwise known as a Morab) and arrived in April of 2014 from an acreage where Bliss (a former horse in our program) now lives. Dancer joined the WELCA program with beginner and advanced riders showing off her multi talents as a great go-to horse.

Dancer quickly made her way to the Little Bits program where she won the hearts of riders and volunteers that work with her both in the barn and in lessons. As Dancer is very leggy, she steps out well and is very responsive to her rider’s cues. Dancer has the patience of a saint and can help calm riders with lots of energy. Dancer can be ridden by independent riders which challenges them to perform all tasks off lead in the arena that are asked by their instructor.

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Easy

Chestnut geldings can be common but Easy who is a Quarter horse cross, is no ordinary chestnut gelding. Born in 2007, Easy is 14 years old in 2021 making him one of the younger horses in our Little Bits program. Easy arrived at Whitemud in August of 2016 where he started his new career as a beginner and advanced mount in the WELCA classes. Easy had participated in the 4H clubs and was ridden on trail rides with his previous owners, which made his transition to a lesson horse easier.

In 2017, Easy started classes in the Little Bits program with independent riders that could take advantage of his sensitive nature. Easy was also ridden by riders that needed more help and he was able to help them complete tasks with ease. Being very curious, Easy loves to watch what is going on around him and you can often find him people watching. Easy does have a small following that adore him.

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Echo

Located in the gelding field is the most adorable bay Morgan horse called Echo. With his long thick black mane and tail and big brown eyes that are hidden beneath a tick forelock, you can see a twinkle in his eyes. This handsome fellow was born in 1999 making him 22 years old in 2021 but you would never know it.

Echo was ridden in the Little Bits program back when he first moved to Whitemud with his first owner in 2004 when he was very young, and he excelled. His owner decided to move Echo to another barn a few years later where he continued to learn and grow. Echo was then bought and returned to Whitemud in 2011 by one of Little Bits volunteers and Whitemud patrons.

Back at Whitemud, Echo was introduced back into lessons with beginner, intermediate and advanced riders where he teaches many the fundamentals of riding and jumping.

Echo then began his restart with Little Bits and is ridden on Tuesday morning with his two very loyal riders. Both love riding Echo and both enjoy the independence that Echo allows with the routines asked in class by their instructor. There you will see Echo all dolled up in his pink halter and saddle pad ready for class.

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Gemini

Gemini is a dark bay Quarter Horse mare that will stand out in any field. She was born in 2002 making her 19 years old in 2021. Gemini is a Doc Bar line which in Quarter Horse terms is pretty darn good.

When Gemini arrived in 2012, she was very shy and unsure of her role at Whitemud. She became best friends with one of her pen mates Ali Cat and for a few years, they could be found hanging out together but now she has a new friend named Pearl and when called, will come and wait for you at the gate to bring her in.

Gemini is used in the learn to ride program with WELCA where she stays on lead. With Little Bits, Gemini is a STAR. Patient, kind, understanding and even tempered, this mare is ridden by riders that need to be mounted in less traditional ways. She will walk up to the ramp and allow her rider to be assisted onto her back with confidence. Gemini is very forward and likes to stride out. When allowed, Gemini will break into a smooth jog which often delights her riders and if you walk a little faster, Gemini will trot out with you on the lead. We are very fortunate to have Gemini in our program and all love her pluck and grace.

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Jasper

In 2018, Jasper and Major arrived at Whitemud facility from a ranch where they worked, did trail riding and were pack horses. Both are chestnut gelding that were born in 1999 (which makes them 22 years old in 2021). They are quiet, well behaved but have very distinctive looks and personalities that set them apart. Jasper has a broad blaze with a cute dish face and one white sock on his hind left, the same leg with his brand (which tells you where he was born and who his parents were). Major has a star and stripe with a slight roman nose and a white sock on his hind left as well. Jasper is shyer but can be a little sassy once you get to know him, whereas Major is more serious and dedicated to his work but loves to stand and get attention from his humans and to pose for a camera.

Both horses were a bit reserved when they arrived, but they soon found their place. Jasper and Major both started their introduction to Little Bits program in the winter of 2019 where Major was a star, but Jasper needed a bit more work reassuring him. Both horses are being ridden in the Little Bits program with suitable riders and are being used to help new riders learn solid basics in riding where a lifetime under the saddle helps everyone. You will find Jasper and Major live together in a paddock and like all the other horses we use in this program, have a diet specially designed for them.

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Jaycie

Jaycie is a beautiful dun Quarter Horse mare that lives in the front field with her 4 friends and her best friend Aries. These two are thick as thieves and you can often find them hanging out and grooming one another. Jaycie arrived at Whitemud in July 2018 where she began her slow introduction to her new role as a lesson horse. Born April 25, 2001, Jaycie is 20 years old in 2021 but that does not stop her. Jaycie has soared in her new role and will often take great care of her riders, regardless of their age. Whether they are beginners just learning the basics to striding over fences with more advanced riders, nothing bothers her.

In the fall of 2018, Jaycie began her introduction to the Little Bits program. She was a hit. Because she is such an easy-going horse and very responsive, the riders that are more independent can perform off lead and do the exercises asked by the instructor. Jaycie can also be ridden both English and Western and looks stylish at the same time. She does have a following and her riders absolutely adore her.

Grazing with her friends is one thing Jaycie loves best. She would love treats but we must keep her waistline in check, so we ask that you do not give her any snacks. We are very grateful that Jaycie is part of our program and part of the horse family that riders and volunteers can get to know.

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Sa Kasanova (aka: Kassidy)

Sa Kasanova is otherwise known as Kassidy, is a registered Arabian gelding that has an alluring appeal that draws you to him. This classy chestnut has four white socks that likes to keep clean and a white blaze that helps captivate you. Like most Arabians, Kassidy is very curious and will come over and greet you at the fence or in the field. Born in May 2001, Kassidy is now 20 years old this year (2021). Kassidy lived with his horse mom from the age of 4 to15 years and then was donated and arrived at Whitemud in the fall of 2016. He was then introduced into the WELCA lessons where he thrived in all the lessons formats. Kassidy has a foster mom that looks after his extra needs and cares.

It was not until the winter session in 2020 that Little Bits started to use Kassidy in the lessons where he found a new following with his popularity. Kassidy does like his riders to keep engaged and is willing to perform the movements but only when asked correctly and will always try his best. His small stature and wider frame make him easy to ride. Kassidy’s best friend is Remy, and you can often find them in the field snoozing together. Kassidy does love horse treats but because he is such an easy keeper, is not allowed any snacks.

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Luke

Standing in a field is a grey Percheron-Fjord cross gelding called Luke. He is stunning with his long flowing mane and tail, looking like a steed that would carry his rider into battle. Luke will sweet talk you over to visit for a scratch and a possible treat, but he is not allowed any treats as he is on a very special diet (though he would argue he is still hungry). He will also pose for cameras and loves the close-up and personal shots.

Luke was born in 2003 making him 18 years old in 2021. Luke is privately owned and his owner travel quite far to purchase him and bringing him back to Whitemud to live. She fell in love with his spunky spirit and loveable gaze. Once he arrived, Luke needed a lot exercising with all his energy and started classes with more advanced riders in the WELCA program. For his size, Luke is smooth to ride and has a high step when excited.

It was a few years before Luke was ready to be used in the Little Bits program. He needed to learn to slow down and be chill. Luke is a favorite with leaders because of his good nature and has become one of the horses that can be ridden by riders that both need more assistance and off lead. You need to watch your toes as Luke does like to walk close beside you.

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Major

In 2018, Jasper and Major arrived at Whitemud facility from a ranch where they worked, did trail riding and were pack horses. Both are chestnut gelding that were born in 1999 (which makes them 22 years old in 2021). They are quiet, well behaved but have very distinctive looks and personalities that set them apart. Jasper has a broad blaze with a cute dish face and one white sock on his hind left, the same leg with his brand (which tells you where he was born and who his parents were). Major has a star and stripe with a slight roman nose and a white sock on his hind left as well. Jasper is shyer but can be a little sassy once you get to know him, whereas Major is more serious and dedicated to his work but loves to stand and get attention from his humans and to pose for a camera.

Both horses were a bit reserved when they arrived, but they soon found their place. Jasper and Major both started their introduction to Little Bits program in the winter of 2019 where Major was a star, but Jasper needed a bit more work reassuring him. Both horses are being ridden in the Little Bits program with suitable riders and are being used to help new riders learn solid basics in riding where a lifetime under the saddle helps everyone. You will find Jasper and Major live together in a paddock and like all the other horses we use in this program, have a diet specially designed for them.

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Mandy

Of all the horses at Whitemud, Mandy is one that will stay in your mind. She is not the most beautiful horse, she does not have a colour that will stand out and she is not the smoothest ride on the property, but Mandy has that one thing we want all horses to have. A firm commitment to her rider. Mandy is a horse that will always try to give you 110% and more. She loves her job, and she loves to be appreciated by those that are honoured to ride her.

Mandy is a bay mare that was born in 1996 and is 25 years old this year (2021), but you would never know how old she really is. Mandy had an accident when she was a filly which resulted in bone damage in horse nose area, you can see the broken nose when she is in the field. Mandy was donated to Whitemud from a show barn in October 2011 and began her next journey to teach youngster in the WELCA programs the basic to all riders and she flourished with her new role. Mandy was then introduced into the Little Bits program where she was match with independent and dependent riders and they are truly devoted to her and love her completely. Mandy’s walk stride can be so big that she can often out-walk another horse with ease.

Mandy was voted “Outstanding Horse of the Year” by the Albert Equestrian Federation in 2019 and we could not be prouder of this fine mare. So, if you see Mandy standing in the field with her friends, remember how much this horse has done in her lifetime and how much more she still wants to do in the future to come. We all love you Mandy.

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Hawaiian Holiday (aka: Maui)

There’s a new horse in town and his name is, Hawaiian Holiday (otherwise known as Maui). Born in 2007, this stunning chestnut gelding is 15hh, has a white star on his forehead and is 14 years old in 2021. Maui was donated to Little Bits and arrived at Whitemud in October 2020 from a family in the Rocky Mountain House area.

Maui has had a very interesting career from being a beginner’s horse for actors learning how to ride to being ridden in movies with other animals like bears, wolves and camels. His calm nature and alert attitude help his riders learn to be aware of their surroundings.

Due to his extensive training and patience, Maui was introduced into the WELCA program with more advanced riders and was then introduced into the Little Bits program with a select few riders that are independent but would be challenged by Maui’s sensitive nature. Maui can be ridden both English and Western and neck-reins like a dream. Maui is a little demanding with his leaders for attention but is a wonderful horse to work with and be around. 

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Big Mike (aka: Mike)

In July 2018, a very cherubic bay gelding named Big Mike arrived at Whitemud. Big Mike is a Welsh Cob which is a breed known for their diversity and calmness and was chosen as a prefect mount for his size and attitude for both the Little Bits and WELCA program. When he arrived and started to settle in, Big Mike needed to have a slight name change as there was already a horse named "Big" at the stable so, his name was shortened to Mike. He was born on June 1, 2002 which makes him 19 years old in 2021.

Mike started with the WELCA program and was so good, he was then introduced into the Little Bits program in the fall of 2018 where he became a hit. Being a large Welsh Cob, Mike is only 14 hh but don’t let his size fool you because he can make even the largest rider sit well on his back. Mike is smooth and helps keep his riders balanced on top of him. Mike can be ridden by both independent riders and those that require more help on his back and leaders adore Mikes loving and curious nature.

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Peanut

This pint size hose is called Peanut and this name suits him perfectly. Peanut, who is a buckskin gelding, was born in 2010 which makes him 11 years old in 2021. He is a Welsh/ WH cross and belonged to a family that did eventing with him.

Peanut arrived at Whitemud in Oct 2020 where he was put into classes in the WELCA program and then into the summer camps. 

Peanut joined the Little Bits program in September 2021 and has been doing very well with his riders and the volunteers that work with him. Once he gains a rider's trust, they relax and show how well they can perform with him.

Peanut does love every horse he meets but once he moved in with Domingo (a black and white gelding), they got along so well you can often find them eating side-by-side in their pen. 

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Jack Royal Mystery (aka: Popeye)

Do you know Jacks Royal Mystery? Well, you should… this is Popeye… and he is fantastic? This chestnut gelding arrived at Whitemud in 2004 and became a fast favorite with independent riders in the WELCA program and in our Little Bits program. Popeye was born in 1996 which makes him 25 years old this year (2021), but you would never know it by looking at him.

When you touch Popeyes hair, it feels like a soft baby blanket. Being a chestnut, it is always best to only use the softest brushes, or you will end up with a grumpy horse. When being ridden, Popeye’s rides know what a remarkable western jog he has and anyone leading Popeye knows to always give him plenty of room. Those of us who work with him, love him and all his playful ways.

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Rapunzel

You hear the name and think of a princess living in a tower with long flowing hair. In Rapunzel’s case, this is partially true. As a frequent winner in the hunter ring, she proved herself a horse princess with flowing locks of white and golden hair living in a paddock. Rapunzel is an adorable palomino Connemara mare that was born in 2002 making her 19 this year.

Arriving in the summer of 2021, Rapunzel started her introduction into the WELCA program shortly after her arrival in the regular classes and has been doing small poles and jumps as well.

Rapunzel started her new career as a Little Bits horse in the fall of 2021 and has an instant fan club that loves to both ride her and work with her. She is a hard worker and does her best for her riders in all her classes.

You can find Rapunzel living with Secret where they are still working out their differences in lady-like fashion.

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Secret

Do you want to know a little Secret at Whitemud? Well, she is a flea-bitten grey Arabian mare that is pony size in height and has a heart of gold. She might be small, but with her quick stride she can keep up with most horses. Secret was born in 1998 which makes her 23 years old this year (2021), but you would never know it for all the sass. With her previous family, Secret was an endurance horse who was also versatile in jumping and dressage before she arrived with a been there done that frame of mind.

Since arriving at Whitemud in March 2019 when she was donated, Secret was started in the Whitemud classes where she participated in more advanced classes then began to be used in beginner classes. She then moved right into the Little Bits program where she has found her own following. Secret loves to cuddle and eat treats and is an attention seeker who will call back when you say her name in the field. Being grey, one of her favorite things to do is roll in the mud and get nice and dirty for her foster mom who then must clean her off just to roll again. 

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Steel

Steel is a beautiful large grey gelding that was born in 1994, making him 27 years old in 2021. He arrived at Whitemud in March 2014 where he was slowly integrated into the WELCA program. Steel soon had his own fan base where he helped them learn so much from all his previous training.

Being a grey horse, Steel has one flaw. He loves to get dirty, and nothing does that better than a dirt or mud roll. That’s OK, his riders and the volunteers all make sure to give Steel a good thorough brushing before lessons start.

Steel was introduced into the Little Bits program shortly after and due to his size, was matched with riders that were independent so that the riders could work with Steel closely in lessons with leaders only helping when needed. Being smooth gaited, Steel helps his riders at both the walk and trot doing patterns, direction changes and other activities both indoors and outdoor and helps his riders achieve more confidence. Steel will pose for photos with his riders, and he loves a nice gentle scratch on his neck when he has done well.

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Stubbs

Stubbs is a darling Morgan is approximately 17 years old (possibly born around 2004) and was purchased from the Tofield auction in the fall of 2020. Stubbs started working with a trainer and when his pen mate Max was purchased by WELCA, Stubbs was donated as well.

Stubbs has settled well and is very interested in activities around him. Stubbs was relearning what is required as a horse for beginners after his arrival and has built such  confidence with love and patience from WELCA staff and in lessons.

We started to use Stubbs in September in a few lessons and have seen how well he behaves under saddle for his riders and we have been very pleased with his ability to win his riders' trust. The leaders are more challenged as Stubbs likes to rub his head on them which is a very bad habit, one we are still currently working on.

If you see Stubbs in the field, he is very easy to spot with the tops of his ears missing, probably from frostbite. Don’t worry, it does not hurt him. We all love Stubbs and his spunky attitude.

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Treasure

We have many valuables at Whitemud that are precious, but we only have one called Treasure. This handsome fellow is a Seal Brown Morgan gelding with amazing dapples that is 15 hh, was born June 1997 which makes him 24 years old in 2021. Treasure was bought by Little bits in 2018 from a former rider in our program who competed with him for many years in jumping and flat classes.

Once Treasure arrived, he began his new career with the WELCA program and the Little Bits program. He is very shy and sensitive, and it takes a while for him to warm up to new people in his life but once he gets to know you, he absolutely trusts you. He likes to be ridden with a longer rein and can neck rein like a champ. Treasure loves to be the lead horse, especially out on the trails and with his long stride, can keep his riders engaged. We are very honoured to have Treasure in our program.

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Winter

In March 2021, a new horse arrived in town and her name is Winter. Born in 2007, this beautiful grey mare is a Paint and Percheron Cross standing at 15.1 hh and is 14 years old this year. Little Bits purchased Winter from her previous owner in the Wetaskiwin County when she showed that speed was not in her repertoire for barrel racing.

Once Winter arrived at Whitemud, our instructors were able to work with Winter and learn what she knows so that they could work within her knowledge. This way Winter will learn that there is nothing to be afraid of around the stable area, on Keillor Road and on the trails and as a western horse, Winter prefers a longer loose rein.

Winter started in the WELCA camps at the beginning of July and is being used with some of the regular riding programs. Her foreword motion can seem a bit intimidating but with a soft voice and a gentle hand, slows right down.

Winter has also integrated herself into the summer week program and is a hit with her riders and loves to walk out on the trails and Keillor Road. Because of her mild temperament, Winter is now living with a group of geldings that all get along well. 

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Zami

Information to come about Zami and what a wonderful horse she is.

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Sparky

Sparky is the new stable cat. He is also an orange tabby, neutered and has a very strict diet so that he does his job of hunting the mice. We ask that if you do meet with Sparky, patting is OK but treats are not.