In August we will pick the first Legacy Stables Horse of the Month. We are going to do this via a Facebook poll, beginning August 1st and running until August 31st. Anybody with a Facebook account will be able to vote once a day. You can vote for the same horse everyday or pick a different horse each day in any combination you like. We all have more than one favorite.
I’ve talked about several of these great horses in this blog over the last two years, but there are some that readers may not know so well. So, I thought it would be a good idea to provide these brief bios and a photo of all 18 horses (actually 17 horses and 1 donkey). Just to help get things started. There will be more photos and notes later on both Karin’s Horse Connection Facebook page as well as the Bob the Equestrian Facebook page.
I think it will be big fun!
The following is essentially a copy of the bios given at Legacy Stables 1st Anniversary Celebration:
Charley is a 17-year-old Morgan. After riding hundreds of horses, Charley was the very first horse that Karin ever owned. She bought him on November 7, 2004. If it had not been for Charley, Karin’s Horse Connection would not exist. Charley loves trail rides and has been in several 4th of July parades.
Caspian is an 11-year-old Thoroughbred/Percheron. He has been with Karin for 6 years. When she got him he was not broke to ride. Now, Karin says, he is the “Mercedes” of the barn. Caspian is used for Vaulting and he is trained to the 2nd level of dressage.
Vinnie is an 18-year-old Thoroughbred. He started out as a boarder, but Karin bought him when the owner lost interest. He loves kids and makes the funniest expressions, but hates to jump. Many riders have had their first cantering experience on Vinnie because his canter is so smooth. Vinnie is used for Vaulting/4H.
Goldie is a 12-year-old Quarter Horse. Her owner brought her to Karin for training and Karin eventually bought her for Leoni. Karin says Goldie is the fastest horse in the barn.
Oakley is the son of Goldie. He is also a Quarter Horse and he just had his 1st birthday on May 9th.
Romeo is a 9-year-old Welsh Pony. Karin rescued Romeo from a backyard where he was all by himself without the company of other horses. The owners were scared of him and he was a very unhappy pony. After coming home with Karin and being in the company of her other horses his attitude changed very fast. He is a character and doesn’t lack any self-esteem. He also has blue eyes and likes the girls. Romeo is used at Legacy Stables to teach kids how to hold their balance.
Snoopy is a 12-year-old Shetland Pony and has been with Karin for 5 years. Snoopy is often the first contact for many kids. He helps them gain a healthy confidence around horses. His favorite thing is to be rewarded with treats. Snoopy is used for Runt Rides.
Rambo is an 18-year-old Pony of America. He was given to Karin when the owner got pregnant 5 years ago. Rambo was in a trailer accident before coming to Karin’s and lost the nerves on the left side of his face. He is also blind on that side and sometimes his tongue will hang out and it looks like he has a hangover. But he compensates with his ears and other senses so that you are not able to tell he has a disability. He is the ultimate toy for kids around the age of 12.
Cha-Cha is a 7-year-old Tennessee Walker, owned by Linda Grady. Linda has been boarding Cha-Cha at Karin’s for 5 years. Cha-Cha is the queen of dirt. Linda once said to Karin with a sigh, “Ahhh Cha-Cha, you should have been born as a boy.”
Avenir “The Great White Horse” is an 11-year-old Percheron/Paint. He has been with Karin for 4 years. Because of his smooth gait, his strength and size, Avenir is our main vaulting horse. As a matter of fact he carried the Champion of the Copper Class in last years National Vaulting Championship in Lexington, KY.
Krystal is a Percheron Thoroughbred. How old is Krystal? Karin says, “She’s been 18 for several years. No one gets older than 18 here.” Krystal started out as a boarding horse and the owner eventually gave her to Karin. She is a well-trained dressage horse and likes working in the arena with riders of all ages.
Maree is a 12-year-old Quarter horse. She was also a boarder before Karin became her owner 3 years ago. She is super gentle and mellow and has a very smooth trot. She is a very good therapy horse and she is loved by many riders of all ages and abilities. Maree is used for Therapeutic/Riding Lessons/4H.
Windy is a 12-year-old Pinto. She is owned by Kathy Hargrove. Kathy has allowed Karin to use her in all the different riding programs for the last 3 years. Windy had an accident as a foal that left her left ear crooked. Karin says this may be how she got her name because she always looks like she’s standing in the wind.
Rami is 18 (the same as Krystal). He is an Arabian that has been with Karin for 3 years. He is the least aggressive horse Karin’s ever met. He’s very trustworthy with all the kids in the arena as well as on the trails. Rami is used for Riding Lessons with Kids.
Peanut – “The Mighty Peanut” is an 8-year-old Miniature Horse. He has been with Karin for 2 years and his job is to be cute! Peanut is the sweetest, most well-behaved, little buddy anyone can ask for. No one can be afraid of Peanut, so for anyone that is intimidated by horses he can build their confidence. He’s been used to with kids with special needs as well as for birthday parties.
Mackie is a 9-year-old Paint. When Mackie first came to Karin’s Horse Connection, he was very thin and had some behavioral issues. Despite his problems, one of Karin’s students, Deirdre McDonnall bought Mackie. She now boards Mackie at Legacy Stables. Both Karin and Deirdre have worked with Mackie for several months. Both he and Deirdre have come a long way together.
Luna is a 5-year-old Miniature Donkey. She’s been with Karin since Spring 2013. Luna’s job is to be cute! She is used for absolutely nothing except for keeping us entertained with her hilarious brays. She is a true character and we can’t imagine NOT having a donkey any more.
Habakuk is a 13-year-old Belgian/Quarter Horse. He has been with Karin Since April 2013. His nickname is “The Mustache King” because he had a handlebar mustache when Karin bought him. He loves attention and is an in your pocket horse. He is as big as he is sweet. Habakuk is used for Riding Lessons/Vaulting.