MVEC has a number of lesson horses for those riders who do not own their own horse or for those clients looking to further their riding on a different horse. The horses range in age, experience and training to provide a diverse range of options for riders. Each horse is schooled on a regular basis which helps ensure happy, educated horses for the program. We make our horses' care a top priority.
Pumba is a 22 y/o Quarter horse who is worth his weight in gold! He is a quiet, steady soul who is able to help the smallest of riders learn the basics as well as help those riders who are overcoming fear. For more advanced riders, he is able to teach them the beginnings of proper contact as well as lateral work. An accomplished beginner novice packer, he is a steady mount when it comes to jumping courses.
Gizmo is a 14.3h, 12 year old paint cross who is full of personality and spunk! He is super game to try anything new and loves to trail ride. He completed several rated events and is a fantastic hunter pace horse. Gizmo is working on his dressage foundation and loves to show off. Gizmo sports a beautiful multi-colored tail which earned him the show name "Swish- N -Flick". Although technically a horse, Gizmo gets called "pony punk" quite frequently.
Squirtle is easily the cutest member of the MVEC family! (Just don't let the others hear that) He may be small at only 12hh tall but he is mighty! He thinks he's one of the big horses. Now at 11 years old, Kate has started and trained him from the age of 3. He is a perfect little pony and has started many new riders. He can w/t/c quietly under saddle and on the lunge line. He jumps consistently at 2'. Squirtle loves to compete and has several seasons competing at the elementary level of eventing.
Bailey is a 21y/o OTTB who was a Novice packer in his younger years. An avid teacher of balance, correct striding and patience for many years, Bailey has retired from riding. He still enjoys teaching riders about grooming, horse care and other horsemanship skills when he isn't busy bossing around the rest of the herd!
Airborne is the tallest of the crew standing at 17hh and tends to draw attention when out competing due to his large presence. Airborne competed for many years at the Preliminary level of eventing and is well schooled through third level dressage. He has been become a staple of the MVEC lesson program in his retirement years. He is quiet on the lunge line and is well-behaved for riders as they focus on further developing their seats. He is a school master who is able to teach riders about proper connection. He also enjoys just jogging over poles with w/t riders!
Winter Solstice aka Sully is a 9 year old Thoroughbred cross who stands around 16h tall. Sully is a sweet soul who is quiet enough for the smallest of riders while being a fun ride for more advanced riders. He has proven to be a wonderful teacher and patient horse. A cute natural jumper, Sully may not be the bravest over fences but he tries his heart out! Sully is also a wonderful babysitter for green horses, with his quiet brain and reliable nature.
Duchess is a 16 year old Morgan Cross, who as one of the few mares in the program, is constantly showing up the geldings! She has competed successfully at the Novice level of eventing for many years. Duchess is a dependable partner who has introduced countless riders to the eventing. A very talented jumper, she is a force to be reckoned with!
** Duchess has retired from the lesson program, we are grateful for her many years teaching new riders the ropes of eventing!***
Charmer is a 12 year old Paint Draft Cross who may actually think he is a big puppy dog! He came to us with the name "Charmer" and certainly lives up to it! Standing around 16.2hh he is a large horse but is gentle enough for even the smallest riders. Charmer loves treats and can stand for attention for hours.
Eclipse has really thrived since he has transitioned into the program this past fall and has quickly become a barn favorite. He is a Quarter Horse Cross, 15.1 h and around 11 years old. He has smooth gaits and a forward mind which makes him a super fun ride. He is overall an extremely happy horse which makes him very easy to work with. He is great for lunge lessons, trail riding and is working on his dressage skills. He is a quick learn and is a very rewarding ride as he aims to please. He is appropriate for all levels of riders.
Benson is a 10 year old Warmblood gelding who is super fancy and flashy in everything he does! He is a big guy who has found a questionable best friend in Jack! Benson has extensive jumping experience and enjoys riding outside the ring. He is a big powerful horse who is now learning the basis of dressage and self- carriage.
Connor came in as a consignment horse and never left! Kate quickly fell in love with his goofy personality and huge heart. Connor absolutely loves any and all attention. He has become a wonderful member of MVEC. Connor enjoys teaching all levels or riders and is quickly progressing in his own education under saddle. He enjoys to work, although enjoys grooming time even more! Although Connor is still for sale to the right person, he will always have a job here at MVEC. He is a talented horse with a big personality and he makes sure to make his presence known.
Cash is a 6 year old Quarter Horse who we lovingly refer to as "Baby Pumba". Their looks are uncannily similar as well as their laid back relaxed attitude towards everything! Although Cash is the youngest member of the MVEC Lesson program, he is one of the most reliable and trustworthy. His sweet face and button nose means he is an expert at coaxing treats from his riders.
***Congratulations to Terra on her purchase of Cash!