Our Horses

Meet Our Horses

 

Foxy

FoxyBreed: Pony of America
Sex: Gelding
Size: 12.2 hand
Color: Roan
Favorite Treat: Carrots

Foxy is a 30 something Roan pony. He is now retired, but is famous around Barrington for taking good care of riders when he was still working.

Foxy is what is called a pass around pony. He is owned by a Barrington Family who out grew him years ago. They didn’t want to sell him but did want him to have a useful life. So he is passed to the next child in need of a kind pony. When his last rider outgrew him, Walk On was privileged to have him join our herd.

Foxy has done it all. He is a pony club pony, shown in dressage and jumping as well as a ride and shoot. But he exceled at taking care of his riders. Foxy is a BIG horse hiding in a pony body. Foxy has a can do attitude. He is always game for any new activity. This makes him invaluable as a therapeutic riding horse. He tries his best to do any task asked of him: whether its to stand quietly while a scared child learns riding is fun or tolerates all the ring paraphernalia, teaching new volunteers to lead, patiently waiting while a rider fumbles around trying to pick feet. He is tolerant of all activities. He is not a push-over pony however. If you are brusque with him, he will quietly turn his back on you. For children who rush into his stall to start the lesson, he teaches them to take a moment to say hello. When they do, they are always rewarded with a nuzzle from Foxy. I can’t figure out how such a big heart can live in such a small body.

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TacoTaco

Breed:  Grade pony probably Quarter horse
Sex: Gelding
Size: 13.2 hands
Color: Buckskin
Favorite Treat: Carrots and Apples
Best Horse Friend: Friends with all the horses

Taco is a buckskin grade pony gelding. He has 2 brands on his hips. He is small and smart. He came from a sale barn named Timmermans.

The Blind Date:

Buying a horse from a dealer is like a blind date. Your friends set you up with a great guy or girl: pretty/handsome, smart, funny etc. When you meet this person they may turn out to be exactly what your friend said or the exact opposite. The thing is sometimes your friends are completely wrong about the person but it this date turns out to be perfect. The date turns into Mr/Mrs right. That’s how it is when you buy a horse from a dealer, you never know exactly what you are getting till you get to know the horse. Taco turned out to be Mr Right.

I first saw Taco on the internet. He sure looked cute and Walk On was looking for a sturdy pony and Taco filled the bill. I called and got his particulars. I was told he was 10 years old and came from a family in Iowa. When I went to see him, a small girl about 7 or 8 was riding him in a lesson. He patiently walked, trotted and cantered with her. I could see that he took good care of her. I rode him. He was able to carry himself like a dressage horse. He leg yielded and did shoulder in and haunches in without difficulty. I knew we wanted to buy this pony. When buying a pony or horse it’s always a good idea to have a veterinarian look them over. I was on pins and needles the day we had Taco “vetted”. He passed his vet check with flying colors except for one glaring issue he was not 10 years old but more like 4 or 5. This is usually a good surprise but in therapeutic horseback riding a young horse may find the work too boring.

Taco came home and fit right into the herd. He started training and he is so smart it took him almost no time to learn his job. Taco is the horse of choice for cantering as he loves to work. He also loves to play. Turned loose in the arena and Taco can be seen moving the cones with his teeth and throwing the beanie babies and bean bags at the other horses. He has even been known to knock over and roll the barrels. Taco is always up for a game.

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LuckyLucky

Breed: Paint Gelding
Sex: Gelding
Size: 15.2 hand
Color: Paint
Favorite Treat: Carrots
Best Horse Friend:

Lucky came from a loving family that had hit hard times. A summer drought and a bitter cold winter had left them having difficulty affording all the feed he needed. So they looked for a great place for him. Lucky joined us in January 2013.

Lucky soon became an integral part of our herd. He is gentle and kind: the perfect gentleman. He patiently carries our larger participants allowing them to be as independent as possible. His favorite time of day is mid-afternoon when he regularly takes a nap in the sun.

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Rocky

Breed: HaflingRocky Walk Oner
Sex: Gelding
Size:  14 hand
Color: Chestnut
Favorite Treat:  Carrots
Best Horse Friend: Taco

Rocky was a talented dressage horse. This dashing guy has all the moves: leg yield, half pass, lead changes even driving. Walk On was privileged to be chosen as Rocky’s new home. Rocky stepped off the trailer and into our hearts. He is the perfect horse for us. He works gently with our small participants, proudly carries our teenagers and adults. The highlight of Rocky’s week is when the harness is buckled on and he is put to the carriage. He neck arches, his steps lightens and he shows what a great horse he is.

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Lucky TooLittle

Breed: Fjord
Sex: Gelding
Size: 13.2
Color: Dun
Favorite Treat:  All food
Best Horse Friend: Foxy

Little is everyone’s best friend: horses and human alike. If Little could, he would crawl in your pocket. Little is happy to come in the arena to work. He is always looking for fun. He likes to snatch a stuffed toy of one of the barrels and carry the toy in class. Try to take the toy away and you will have a tug of war. He now proudly carries his participants

Little came to Walk On thanks to a generous grant from the Barrington Community Foundation.

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Armani

Breed: Shetland Cross
Sex: Gelding
Size: 11.2
Color: Bay
Favorite Treat: 
Best Horse Friend:

Armani came to us from MZM Farm in early 2017, after a search for a pony to step into the same kind of role that Foxy was doing for our participants. Amani has incredible personality and believes he is the biggest horse in the entire world, but he is a wonderful pony for our youngest participants. He is highly intelligent, great with kids, friendly, outgoing, and incredibly inquisitive. You want to play a game? Amani wants to help you win. You want to learn a new skill? Armani would love to guide you through the process. Want to stand up on his back to test your balance? Armani is up for it and will stand perfectly still!

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Wilbur

Breed: Halflinger
Sex: Gelding
Size: 14.3 hand
Color: Chestnut
Favorite Treat: 
Best Horse Friend:

Wilbur was donated to us in late 2016, and we are so excited to have him with us! He participates in our riding program AND our carriage-driving program. Wilbur is what is called a “wheel” horse, meaning when you pull a carriage with a team, he’s the muscle behind the operation. Despite being incredibly strong and big, he is gentle and affectionate. He is calm and patient with our participants.

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Pelon

Breed: 
Sex: Gelding 
Size:
  
Color: Bay
Favorite Treat:  
Best Horse Friend:

Pelon arrived to Walk On in late 2016, after a long career as a polo pony. As he got older, it was time for him to retire from polo but he still loves to work, so he’s a great fit for us!

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Patina

Breed: 
Sex: Mare 
Size:
  
Color: Bay
Favorite Treat:  Carrots
Best Horse Friend:

Patina is the only mare in our herd. 

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