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A little about me:    I love horses, babies, daisies, Elvis, Duck Dynasty, country music, 80's rock music, Dance Moms, and big redneck trucks, turtles, and aliens.  But most of all, I love teaching! I am always inspired by the beautiful personalities and creative ideas that students have.  

Meet my horses.  You can learn a lot about life through analyzing the personalities of animals. I think horses are a lot like people.  They all have strengths and weaknesses, and each is special because of their differences.  

This is Jet.  He is a registered appaloosa gelding. Jet is a retired competitive trail horse.  Thus his name. He is amazing. Jet doesn't boss other horses around, but he doesn't feel the need to follow them either.  He likes to have a job to do and he does it well.  He has all his gears and he likes to use them!  However, although he is so beautiful when he is busy doing something, if you try to take pictures of him he usually looks like a mule.  In this picture we had to wave a hat to get his ears to perk up - otherwise he flattens them back, relaxes, and looks like he's about to fall asleep.  But really he's just listening and enjoying the moment.  No stress here. When he is busy in his zone doing something, he is stunning to look at.  He can outwalk any horse I've been with - including our retired racehorse - but when he stands still or gets groomed, he closes his eyes and lays his ears back.  In reality, he is just enjoying life and attention.  Jet has a weakness for food - he is the first to run to the gate when you come - hoping for a snack.  He will do about anything for the positive rewards of a snack. Jet is very obedient if he knows you are the boss.  He needs intermediate or up riders because his favorite thing to do is to gallop - and since he uses leg cues, if a beginner rider presses his/her legs in accidentally, he will take off, 'cuz he is so well trained to use just pressure cues to go. He is 23 years old - and is more in shape than many 16 year old horses I've seen.  He is our confidence-builder horse.  When my flashy white horse is unsure of crossing a river or something, Jet will just walk on ahead and get it done - and the others follow.  You can count on jet to do anything you ask of him.  He does what he is supposed to do and is happy being on his own if he has to. However, other horses are drawn to him because of his confidence and accepting nature, so he is hardly alone.


This is Buck.  He is named for his buckskin color, not because he bucks. I wouldn't keep a horse that kicks, bucks, or bites.  I don't have time for that. Buck is easy going but usually gets bossed around by all the other horses.  He doesn't seek attention or try to be the leader, but usually prefers to be a follower and is very easy going.  He takes beautiful poses because of his natural beauty.  He is very obedient and you can count on him to stand still for kids and if anyone falls off.  He is not registered and has no special bloodlines - he is one of the best horses I've ever had.  He is very observant - not too hyper, not too lazy, just a good all-around horse.  I trust Buck with any age rider.  He will try what you ask him to do and has a quiet confidence that is quite admirable. He is short and stocky - like a regular sized body on small legs - but he is beautiful because, since he is a horse, he just likes himself regardless. After you watch him you don't notice his short and chunky body anymore - because it all fits together perfectly for him.  Buck likes to follow other horses and genuinely wants to be good, but if another horses calls to him enough he will try to passively follow them, although is quick to turn back when you tell him to.  When riding circles in a pasture, for example, little by little you will find yourself circling closer to the other horses if they are calling for him.  He just needs reminders to be himself. 

This white horse is Fue.  He has a few black spots - and when you bathe him you can see his pink and dark gray skin - like a wet rat.  His bloodline name is really long.  He is a retired performance horse, from a famous bloodline - his sire is Geneo JJ - well known in racing. Fue was a stallion until we bought him in 2009 at 7 yrs. old.  He is flashy, tall, muscular, powerful, and a true show-off.  Where ever he goes he gets attention - and he knows it.  He thrives on showing off.  He will pin his ears back and with one look will scare other horses or cows away from the food or treats.  He will take a little out of each of the horse's oat bucket if you don't tell him not to.  It's subtle, but the others know to walk away when he wants something.  Others obey him - he is a natural leader. He also wants to be the one to be groomed and taken for rides - he can't stand being left behind. He wants to be the leader and will boss all the other horses around.  But when something new or unsure happens, he will gladly let another horse go first so he can see how it's done.  As long as he is in front - he will slow down and take his time, but if any horse starts to catch up he will do whatever he can to get ahead - including warning them with his ears and swishing his tail.  He likes to show off - and actually poses for pictures.  He feeds off the emotions of other horses - and can get jumpy or nervous at new things unless he sees another horse do it.  Once he realizes he can do something, then it never bothers him again. He is a big baby - and loves to be groomed.  He loves to be bathed, clipped, brushed, and just wants you to hang out petting him.   He is too much horse for a beginner, but on the ground they can do anything with him.  Literally, kids can pick up his feet and walk beneath him, unless he is distracted by another horse - he gets so competitive and social that he loses focus and wants to show the other horse that he's the man. He likes to be a leader, but doesn't like to try new things without seeing someone else do it first.  

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