A Salute to Rusty and Goose

We are lucky to have a whole slew of awesome lesson horses at Sioux River, but there are two in particular who really pulled their weight this summer...I think just about every single student rode one or both of these horses this year, proving how versatile, willing and safe they are. We are hugely grateful to have them both in our program!

Rusty – A retired Western Pleasure show horse (and a very successful one at that!), Rusty is our safest (read: laziest) lesson horse by far. From proving himself indispensable for Hippotherapy to taking folks on trail rides and building his rider's confidence, this guy is just priceless for our youngest and most timid riders to get a solid start on.

Cedar leading Rusty to his pasture after her lesson.

Cedar leading Rusty to his pasture after her lesson.

Likes: Kids, his "mom" Jewel, Nature Valley granola bars, being groomed, walking verrrry slowly.
Dislikes: Holding his feet up to be picked, trotting, cantering.

Jewel leases Rusty, and they have a very sweet bond.

Jewel leases Rusty, and they have a very sweet bond.

Carly during a lesson on Rusty

Carly during a lesson on Rusty

Svea pausing to smile for the camera as she preps Rusty for her lesson.

Svea pausing to smile for the camera as she preps Rusty for her lesson.

Goose – A handsome Draft x Warmblood cross, Goose is an athletic gentle giant. He is the horse that students graduate to when Rusty becomes too easy for them. He has a little more pep in his step and can go in pretty much any direction the student wants–Western, Dressage, or jumping. He molds to his rider, giving the smallest kids a gentle, slow trot and easy turns, but is trained solidly to Second Level Dressage and jumps 3' with ease and confidence, making him the perfect horse for everyone to grow into. He is also used in our Hippotherapy program.

Goose and his mom Mina

Goose and his mom Mina

Likes: Kids, peppermints, being groomed, attention in general, jumping.
Dislikes: The "scary" corner in the arena, windy days.

Annalise lessoning on Goose

Annalise lessoning on Goose

Goose and Quinn after her lesson

Goose and Quinn after her lesson

Goose taking Lulu over a small jump

Goose taking Lulu over a small jump

Theresa and Svea taking a mother-daughter lesson on Goose and Rusty.

Theresa and Svea taking a mother-daughter lesson on Goose and Rusty.

Thank you, boys, for taking great care of my students! You get all the treats. :)