Equanimity has some lovely horses available to ride in lessons and on trails. Their personalities vary and they are encouraged to remain their quirky-selves, despite being asked to conform to the strict standards of discipline required of trail and school ponies.
Dawie is a stout 14.1hh red bay Nooitgedaght gelding, born in 2003 and owned by Tielman Roos. He is highly interactive, and quite confident. He is great for beginners and is a point and shoot pony. His steady rhythm and sure-footedness make him a favourite for trails. Just beware of him damaging property! Anything remotely green is potential food for this greedy little boy! Saddles and valuables are also possible toys in his eyes. Dawie has done a bit of endurance, show jumping and even did a dressage competition with a physically disabled rider in 2013. He seems to do very well at any task he’s presented with and his blase attitude towards life makes him a very calming personality to be around. Dawie is used in lessons and trails and is currently leased by Nadia Schmidt.
Bakgat is a flashy 14.1hh flea-bitten grey Nooitgedaght gelding, born in 2001 and owned by Tielman Roos. Bakgat is the most vocal of all the horses and he loves to call out to anyone entering his paddock or stable yard. He takes a while to warm up to his handlers and riders and is generally mistrusting, but once he knows you, he is the sweetest boy. Bakgat has a dreamy, floating trot and a rocking-horse canter which make him a wonderful horse to learn on. His sharpness and sensitivity to his handlers’ energy or vibe also makes him the perfect horse for ground work and liberty demonstrations. He is used as a school horse and enjoys trail rides and jumping, but is quite happy to be faffed over all day with cuddles, grooming, walks or treats as well.
Dassie is a grey 12hh welsh cross mare in her late twenties, owned by Cheresa. She has a sassy attitude towards other horses, but is incredibly gentle and careful around her riders. Dassie loves attention from the kids and is a very quirky girl. She cannot swim, but instead tries to walk underwater like a hippo! Dassie has a skin condition called Sweet Itch and unlike most horses who struggle with the condition, it is not only seasonal for her. We have discovered that the best solution is to douse her in baby powder from head to hoof. The results have been remarkable and an awesome bonus is that she always smells super fresh! Dassie is used for pony rides, on-lead lessons and even a trail ride here or there. She is sharp, intelligent and sometimes stubborn, but she is safe, has a wonderful nature and can do anything the rider puts his or her mind to. We are very lucky indeed to be able to call Dassie a part of our team.
Fine Pearl is the princess (who ironically loves to roll in mud, but hates to step in it) of the yard. She is a 2008-born, 16hh Thoroughbred x Saddler cross, crossbred mare with legs for miles and movement that can make people stop in their tracks. Pearl has a lovely colt at foot (we are still deciding whether to geld him) by Donatello, who is by the KWPN stallion Waldemar G out of Saratoga Destiny’s Child (by Saratoga Carrick). There are no plans to breed with Pearl for the foreseeable future and she will just be continuing her education and life as a horse. Pearl is talented in free work, dressage, jumping, cross country, endurance and loves outrides. She is an incredibly honest horse with a fantastic work ethic and willingness to please and she is certainly a gem worth more than we could ever say. Pearl has a huge stride for her size and has talent for days! She is dainty and feminine, yet has scope, power and toughness – what a wonderful horse!
Blazing Aurora, also known as Ash or Babyface around the yard, is owned by Cheresa. She is a 2011-born, 16hh red bay Thoroughbred mare with the quirky (yet usually talented) bloodlines of Northern Dancer, Best by Test and Al Mufti. Interestingly, Cammy and Ash share the same great grandsire! Ash was brought to the yard with the intention of her filling Cammy’s shoes. Ash is the most straightforward, laid-back young thoroughbred we have ever come across. She has an impressive stride in the country and showed very good pulses in her first endurance ride. Shortly after her arrival, Ash fractured her left hip and she underwent a lengthy recovery process. The result is that she is very left-bent, but this does not hinder her in the slightest. Ash enjoys jumping, but loves relaxed outrides most of all. Ash is currently in foal to the full arabian stallion, Spartacus, from Strydom Stud in Pretoria. Cheresa recently met Spartacus on a visit to Pretoria, intending to look for a horse for a client. Instead, she met Spartacus and was completely blown away by his temperament and presence. The decision was made then and there. Ash’s beautiful foal is expected at Christmas time 2017 🙂
Aramis, affectionately known as “Ace” around the yard, is a 93cm black miniature stallion owned by Cheresa. Ace was discovered in Zeekoeivlei where, although he was well fed, he was permanently confined to a dark 1m x 1m stable. His owners seemed to care for him, but his social needs were not met at all. Their miniature stallions took turns every few months to go out with the herd of mares. Ace (previously known as “Choklit”) really caught Cheresa’s attention, as he seemed sad and misunderstood – the owners were scared of entering his stable as he allegedly kicked and bit them. This was in fact a complete misrepresentation of his character. He merely displayed avoidance behaviour by standing in the corner of the stable and not appreciating affection. The next day, Cheresa paid the owner and picked him up and he has joined Equanimity since. Ace does get excited when mares are around – some residual behaviour typical of an unhandled stallion – but he is respectful of all the other horses’ boundaries and has learnt to associate people with food and affection. Ace’s lineage is being traced, as it is likely he used to form part of a miniature horse stud. He is also learning tricks and likes to jump in-hand 🙂
* Leases are available for all Equanimity owned horses so please enquire should you wish to lease your favourite horse or pony! Click here for more information on our leasing options.