Our Horses

Meet Our Horses:

Lexi

Born: 2011
Breed: Cob
Colour: Skewbald
Height: 12.2hh

Lexi is one of the sweetest ponies at the centre and will do anything to please. She’s a very good listener and loves a good scratch on her neck and cuddles! Make sure you say hello if you pass her stable door.

 

Norbert

Born: 2020
Breed: Noriker
Colour: Black
Height: 16 hh

Elias Nero XIII is a rather stunning Noriker horse – but we all call him Norbert! He is a gentle giant, typical of his breed, Noriker horses are an sure-footed Austrian draught horse breed. 

Norbert joined the yard in 2023 and has recently begun working in our higher-level lessons.  Norbert is very happy for you to pat him at his stable door!

Smartie

Born: 2001
Breed: Connemara X
Colour: Grey
Height: 15hh

Smartie is our resident laid back sun worshipper with a cheeky side. He’s great with our beginners and while some may say he’s lazy, we just think he likes to take a chilled-out approach to life. Unflappable and calm, he’s brilliant working with riders with additional needs and our older learners.  His party trick is to pass back his feed bucket when he’s finished so our yard team can fill it up for him!

 
 

Gunner

Born: 2011
Breed: Gypsy Cob
Colour: Piebald
Height: 14 hh

Gunner loves a cuddle and bananas are his absolute favourite treat. He’s very popular with our teen riders as he likes his work in the school and is a real character on the yard. Do say hello if you see him at his stable door – he does love a nose scratch. He also has one of the funkiest fringes at Ride High!

 
 

Micky

Born: 2019
Breed: Fell
Colour: Black
Height: 13 hh

Micky joined the team in 2022. He’s a cute, cuddly, friendly chap with a gorgeous thick mane and tail. As a youngster, he’s very inquisitive and is still learning his role with us, but he is doing well in lessons and is proving to be a fast learner!

 
 
 

Shadow

Born: 2004
Breed: Mixed breed
Colour: Grey
Height: 12.2hh

Silver Shadow is a gorgeous little pony with a big character! This sweet grey pony may have little legs, but his lack of height doesn’t slow him down – he enjoys his work but he’s also quite cheeky and likes to pull faces for the camera! Do stop and say hello to him when you are next at the yard, he’s a friendly chap, and likes to see visitors at his stable door.

 
 

Max

Born: 2019
Breed: Cob X
Colour: Piebald
Height: 14.2 hh

Max may be young, but he’s settled in well to his new life at Ride High and he has a lovely kind nature.  An honest, easy-going chap, he always tries his best – he’s still learning his job as a riding school pony, but he’s eager to please and a thoroughly nice person and we’re looking forward to see how he progresses.

 
 
 

Monnie

Born: 2015
Breed: Cob
Colour: Black
Height: 14.3hh

Monnie is a very friendly young lady who is a trustworthy and kind ride for our teenage riders. She has a lovely, willing personality and is always happy to say hello to visitors to the yard, so do stop by and say hello if you see her at her door.

 
 
 

Mouse

Born: 2012
Breed: Irish Cob
Colour: Piebald
Height: 14 hh

Mouse is a friendly, laid-back chap who joined Ride High in 2021. He’s very popular with our clients in lessons as he looks after our beginners but switches up a gear for our more advanced riders – he’s such a lovely boy and always eager to please!

Mr Rupert Orange

Born: 2011
Welsh Section A
Colour: Chestnut
Height: 11.2 hh

Mr Rupert Orange joined our team in May 2023.  He may be little, but he has a BIG personality and is proving to be a real character – he has also fallen head-over-heels for our petite princess Heidi!  Rupert is already proving popular with our smaller riders – he enjoys a cuddle and he also likes to lick his fans!  Do say hello to Mr Rupert Orange if you see him when you visit…

Dusty

Born: 2001
Breed: Shetland x Mini Cob
Colour: Grey
Height: 11.2hh

Dusty is one of the smallest members of the Ride High family and perfect for our littlest riders to learn on. He’s a cheeky chap and he has some of the funkiest rugs on the yard!
Do come and say hello to Dusty when you next visit.

 
 
 

Heidi

Born: 2016
Breed: Welsh Section A
Colour: Grey
Height: 11.2 hh

Heidi is the petite princess of our yard! She loves to be groomed and always looks after our smallest riders in the school. She mustn’t have treats and we restrict her grazing to keep her well (you may spot her in the fields with her grazing muzzle on), but she always loves a fuss and cuddle, so do come and say hello if you see her!

 

Rosie

Born: 2015
Breed: Gypsy Cob
Colour: Piebald
Height: 13 hh

Rosie is a traditional gypsy-type cob who is naturally inquisitive and loves meeting people. She’s still learning the ropes as she is young, but she has a super nature and is a fast learner. Rosie likes to say hello to people, so do stop by her stable next time you visit! 

 
 
 
 

Bracken

Born: 2016
Breed: Gypsy Cob
Colour: Piebald
Height: 13.1 hh

Bracken has spent most of his life at Ride High, having joined us as a youngster before he began his ridden career. He enjoys his work and is a cheeky gypsy-type cob who likes to pull faces for the camera! He’s an ideal pony for our more advanced riders to hone their skills on as he is a forward ride, despite his little legs, and he’s a super jumper.  

Crumble

Born: 2020
Breed: Irish Cob
Colour: Dark Bay
Height: 13.1 hh

Rhubarb Crumble is a sweet mare, inquisitive and still quite green, she is being gently introduced to working in lessons and is perfect for our more advanced riders.  Crumble is very cute and does like to meet people, so do say hello to her if you spot her in her stable!

Trifle

Born: 2015
Breed: Cob X
Colour: Black
Height: 13 hh

Trifle is a beautiful black Cob-cross, a sturdy pony, with a pretty face and a lovely nature to match.  She’s a bright soul who hadn’t done much  schooling before she joined Ride High, but she’s proving to be willing and smart and we think she will be great with our younger riders.  Do say hello if you see her on the yard!

Cavill

Born: 2013
Breed: Cob X
Colour: Black
Height: 13.1 hh

Cavill is a sweet, Cob-cross pony who joined us in Spring 2023. He’s a laid-back, genuine chap with a great attitude to his work and lots of experience, and he’s a real confidence-builder for our younger riders.

 

Gus

Born: 2019
Breed: New Forest
Colour: Bay Roan
Height: 13.3hh

Gus joined our team in 2023 – he’s a friendly pony who likes meeting people and whilst he’s young and a little green in the school, he’s a smart cookie and is swiftly learning his job.  We’ve found he’s an ideal pony for our more advanced riders.   Do stop and give him a pat if you see him on the yard!

Poppet

Born: 2011
Breed: Irish Cob
Colour: Black
Height: 14.3 hh

Poppet joined Ride High in the summer of 2023 and she really lives up to her name!  She has a super personality, calm and kind, she’s a thoroughly lovely girl! Poppet is a very versatile horse, she works with our supported learners on the yard and is proving popular in riding lessons – we’ve found she looks after beginners but is able to switch up a gear and be a fun, responsive ride for more capable riders.  

Grinch

Born: 2019
Breed: Cob
Colour: Skewbald
Height: 14.2 hh

Grinch is not a grinch!  He has a beautiful nature and is a very nice person on the ground!  He’s already popular with our team and our more advanced riders – he is young and green in the school, but he’s proving to be a fast learner.  He does love a neck-scratch, so do say hello and give him a pat if he’s in when you visit!

Carrie

Born: 2016
Breed: Welsh Section A X
Colour: Bay
Height: 12 hh

Carrie is definitely vying with Heidi for the prettiest pony award! She joined Ride High in the summer of 2023 and has made a big impact despite her diminutive size – She doesn’t like to be idle and is a fun, forward ride for our more competent younger riders, as her little legs can move very fast – which was great for the summer’s gymkhana games; but she is also proving to be sensible and kind pony on the lead-rein with beginners.  Do say hello to Carrie if you see her on the yard!

Custard

Born: 2014
Breed: Irish Sports Horse
Colour: Palomino
Height: 15.2hh

Custard is a special horse because he is owned by the Ride High charity and was purchased through donations.

He’s very popular with older learners as he has a steady, smooth pace and kind nature.  Our more advanced riders also like to ride him as he loves jumping.  He’s fabulous for groundwork and is often seen patiently waiting while children practice tacking up and fitting rugs on him – he’s a real superstar!

Alice

Born: 2007
Breed: Welsh Section D
Colour: Bay
Height: 14.3hh

Alice is a working livery who joined the Ride High yard in 2020. She’s a very friendly, slightly nosy girl, who always likes to know what is going on! Be sure to say hello to her when you next visit the yard.

Useful Information

*HH stands for hands high.

Horses are traditionally measured in hands and inches from the ground up to the base of the horse’s neck.

A hand is 4 inches so a 14. 2 hands high (hh) pony means 14 hands and 2 inches. Therefore 58 inches from the ground to his shoulder/base of neck.

The colour 'grey'

In the horse world every horse that looks white is called grey. Horses that are grey can be born any colour, however, bay, chestnut, or black base colours are most common. As the horse matures, white hairs begin to replace the base or birth colour – which explains why our snowy white Treacle probably got her name!