Krooze is a 9 year old, 15.1hh blue roan Stationbred gelding. He came to Napier RDA three years ago, and despite only ever having lived on a large farm station, he took to RDA life with great ease. Krooze is a very broad horse, without being particularly tall, and has very smooth, even movement. He has the most remarkably laid-back temperament (nothing really fazes him!), so he is perfect for intensive therapy rides.
Due to his shape and movement, he is ideal for riders who need to sit or lie in different positions, or who need an extremely stable base of support. He knows the ropes at Napier RDA, and while he does have a stubborn streak, he is just as much of a big teddy bear as he looks!
Okare is an 8 year old, 15.3hh chestnut Stationbred gelding. He arrived at Napier RDA young and green, and took some time to mould into an RDA horse – but he was well worth the wait!
He has grown into a kind, sensitive horse, who tries hard to give effect to the instructions he’s given, making him suitable for riders who are learning to ride independently. He also has a lovely rolling movement (active, but not too big), and has come to be very patient with a variety of rider behaviours, making him well suited to therapy clients with particular needs. He’s also a big smooch – if you’re leading him during a ride or putting his cover on in the paddock, you’re guaranteed to be on the receiving end of a lovely nuzzle or two!
King is a 15 year old, 15.2hh chestnut (with plenty of bling!) anglo-arab gelding. A former endurance horse, he came to Napier RDA when his owner was required to give up competing – he ADORES attention, and his eye-catching looks and movement ensure he receives it! As you can see from the photo, he loves to be included in everything, and to chill with his friends.
While he still enjoys a good fast ride (especially on the beach) and is often the instigator of a good, robust horseplay session in the paddock, he understands his role at RDA well – he is generous and kind with his riders, patiently and calmly accepting all of the noise, movement and stimuli that come with being a therapy horse.
Dougie is a 10 year old, 14.1hh, bay crossbred gelding, with a varied background (including a successful career as a show jumper!). He is the perfect mix of sensitive and sensible – aware of his rider and everything going on around him, but reliable and steady at the same time. He has a lovely fast walk, and beautifully active movement, making him ideal for riders that need greater physical challenge or sensory input.
He is soft, responsive and careful for riders just starting to gain their riding independence, and is also quite happy to step it up a notch for riders that are ready for the challenges of trotting, cantering or even jumping! He knows when he’s done a good job, and appreciates being appreciated!
Jonty is an 8 year old, 14.2hh, bright bay crossbred gelding, with several “careers” under his belt already (he’s even hunted!). He is a very well put together pony, with very active but comfortable movement. His small stature combined with his strong build make him very versatile, as he can comfortably accommodate a range of children and adults with varying therapeutic needs.
Jonty is assertive and confident, and knows how things are to be done – he expects things to be done correctly, and will be sure to let you know if you’re getting it wrong! He is mischievous and cheeky, and never misses an opportunity for play. He also knows he’s extremely cute, and isn’t shy about using his cuteness to his advantage!
Little Man is a 6 year old, 15.3hh, pinto stationbred gelding. He came to Napier RDA as a very green youngster, and after a promising start, suffered an injury that saw him out of action for many months. He is now returning to RDA work, and is progressing very nicely.
Little Man (whose name is now rather ironic, as he’s grown into a tall, sturdy lad!) is personality plus! He’s convinced the arena activities are actually there for him to play with, and likes to test the boundaries on a regular basis. He absolutely thrives on very loud and very effusive praise, and knows how to hang is head and look super sorry when he gets himself in trouble – ensuring he never stays in the bad books for long!
Pie is an 8 year old, 9.3hh, chocolate palomino Timor x Shetland mare. She was originally broken in to both saddle and harness by her owner, but when she didn’t grow tall enough to be a carriage driving pair with her older sister, and her little rider moved away, her owner agreed to lease her to Napier RDA.
Pie has no idea she’s small, and loves to hang out with the big horses – she certainly fits a lot of attitude into a small package! She enjoys being involved in all of the goings-on, and likes to lie in the sun and watch (she’s also been known to help herself to the kitchen!). Her small size, natural curiosity, and anything-goes nature make her an ideal introduction for clients who are a little unsure of horses.
Sinni is a 12.2hh, grey mare, and at almost 30 years old, she is the grand old dame of Napier RDA! She lost an eye a couple of years ago, and is starting to show the effects of a life well lived, but is still keen to be involved and has a lot to give.
With a strong work ethic and an inclination to let you know what’s what, Sinni will pace, toss her head and complain outside the arena if she feels she’s being left out or underutilised – and the only solution is to give her a job to do! She has given many of her young riders their first canter and retains the position of “best friend” to many who have grown too big to ride her. Her resilience, sharp attitude and sense of humour have won her a special place in the hearts of many.
Breeze is a 14.3hh, 15 year old, bay crossbred mare. She was bred and owned by the same family all her life before coming to Napier RDA, and has had a successful Pony Club career. She was well schooled by her previous rider, and this is a real asset to Breeze’s RDA career – she is the perfect pony for our young riders who are ready to start riding off the lead, or to start advancing their riding skills.
Breeze is also particularly responsive to her rider’s body language and emotions, which is invaluable for helping riders learn to manage their responses and attitudes. She is a busy, forward moving pony, who prefers to be active and involved, and who seeks affection and companionship from everyone!
Georgie is a 13.1hh, 24 year old, chestnut crossbred mare. She came to RDA by chance, after her previous owner found themselves unable to care for her – and she won us over with her sweet, affectionate ways. She likes to involve herself in everything that’s happening, and likes to provide close companionship and comfort to her little herd.
She also enjoys being close to her favourite people, and loves a hug (she also likes to help herself to our plates at lunchtime!). Her bouncy, energetic movement and sensible temperament make her perfect for small riders to gain confidence on, while having fun!
Mr Magoo is a 16.1hh, 24 year old, Clydesdale x thoroughbred gelding. He belongs to our Group Coordinator/Head Coach, and is loaned to Napier RDA for our programmes. On the ground, he is large, fluffy and polite – a true gentleman, who will pick up his hooves for even the smallest of rider, and can be relied on to be careful about where he places himself.
In the saddle, he is free moving and much more energetic than expected, with the sort of large, extremely active movement you’d expect of a horse his size and type. He is well suited to taller riders who need much more movement to remain engaged, but is also fun and exciting (and safe, even off lead!) for much smaller riders too.