Abbey

Date of Birth: 1995, Sex: Mare, Height: 15h, Breed: Highland X, Colour: Grey.

History:
Abbey has previously worked in both a riding school and private home. She has been very well educated on the flat and has proved very popular with our staff already as she is comfortable and willing. We have used her for some advanced private lessons and RGU training, which she has been very good at. She has a nice friendly temperament and will try her hardest for most riders, making her very popular.

Further Information:
Abbey came from our vet, who had been using her as an embryo transfer recipient mare. She was fairly unfit when she arrived, and was ridden by Martin to help her get fit. She surprised us all as we were expecting her to be a bit difficult to handle, but she has been lovely since day one. She seems to really enjoy the lifestyle at ARC, particularly standing munching on her hay on her days off.

 

Achil

Date of Birth: 2007, Sex: Gelding, Height: 18h, Breed: Warmblood, Colour: Bay.

History:
Achil was bought when he was on a lorry travelling from Bulgaria to Aberdeen and we bought him relatively unseen (from a video). Achil is well schooled both on the flat and jumping and is a very popular riding school horse due to his incredibly friendly nature.
Achil takes part in intermediate/advanced lessons and also the RGU lessons and competitions when they host them at our centre. He’s very popular with our taller riders as he’s a big horse, but not too chunky so is good for working on seat and leg position.

Further Information:
Achil is the proud owner of a very expensive set of teeth! When we buy our school horses one of the first things we do is have their teeth checked and we were aware right from the start that Achil had “problematic teeth” due to the shape of them and the decay on a few molars. He has to have his teeth done regularly (every 3 months) by our vets for this reason and at the end of 2017, he broke a molar which was already decayed. He then went into the vet hospital and had to have a general anaesthetic to remove the tooth, then he went back to see a dental specialist at the vets in January, when he had a filling put on another molar and a bit of work done. He’s worth it though as he’s so cool!

 

Apache

Date of Birth: 1998, Sex: Gelding, Height: 16.2h, Breed: Native X, Colour: Appaloosa.

History:
Apache has done quite a bit of show jumping and stopped competing when he developed a problem leaving the other horses in the practice arena. He is a more advanced ride, so is used for advanced and staff lessons as well as RGU training. He is very eye-catching with all of his spots, so is definitely an easy one for our members to find.

Further Information:
Apache settled in well at ARC and lives in the “Posh Boys” field with a number of livery horses. He still has some separation issues, and is terrified if he ends up on his own in the stables and can’t see another horse, so please make sure he is always in a stable beside another horse when you put him away. He is very gentle to handle and has a nice temperament in his stable.

 

Ben

Date of Birth: 1995, Sex: Gelding, Height: 13h, Breed: Native , Colour: Grey.

History:
Ben was owned by the previous proprietor at Oldfold and when ARC first arrived, he was out on loan to another riding school. When the other riding school became quiet, Ben was returned to Oldfold and ARC bought him in 2006. Ben is very good for nervous beginners as he is very nice to handle and has a comfortable stride for people learning to canter.

Further Information:
Ben suffered from sarcoids (a type of wart) around his girth and stomach area when ARC bought him, so he was treated with cream to get rid of them. The cream treatment was very successful and they haven’t bothered him since. He also had a melanoma on his face in 2006, but this has also cleared up now and he is a much happier pony.

 

Bertha

Date of Birth: 2011, Sex: Mare, Height: 15h, Breed: Cob, Colour: Skewbald.

History:
Bertha was bought at Cavan sales in 2017 by Sally as a 6yr old. She was very sweet at the sale, but not much of a jumper – she went round the sales course of 70cm and knocked each fence down (albeit she did go between the wings). She has been working with our staff for a few months now, with the plan being that she will start some novice/intermediate lessons in 2018. She is a nice forward horse with comfy paces and really enjoys her work.

Further Information:
Bertha is a little “round” so riders need to make sure their girths are tight and that they don’t lean to the outside round each corner!

 

Boyo

Date of Birth: 1997, Sex: Gelding, Height: 14h, Breed: Connemara, Colour: Grey.

History:
Boyo came to Oldfold in 2003 as a livery pony, and has been with the Club ever since. He was initially owned by the Rowlands, then sold to the Pattersons, then onto the Coopers. Each time someone outgrew him, he was snapped up by another ARC member as everyone could see what a great pony he was. In 2010, Boyo developed laminitis, so had to have his management changed dramatically as he had lived out 24/7 up to that point. It meant Boyo would either have to be muzzled or stabled during the summer months to prevent him getting sore front feet and it was a long, hard task for his owners to get him sound again. In 2011 he was advertised for sale once again, but sadly his laminitis flared up again making it difficult to sell him. Everyone who knew him was worried that if he left the Club, he may struggle with laminitis again due to the change in grass and management. His owner then decided that in order to secure his future, the best things for him would be for him to become a riding school pony at ARC

Further Information:
Boyo thrives in the riding school environment and now lives in so as to manage him laminitis. He has been a revelation in that he loves teaching people how to ride. He is used for novice and intermediate adults and children and is forward going and responsive. He is easy to handle but you need to make sure you ask a member of staff to assist with tightening his girth. Boyo wears egg bar shoes on his front feet to help with his laminitis, and you need to be very careful not to feed him too many sugary sweets in his stable.

 

Crunchie

Date of Birth: 1994, Sex: Gelding, Height: 14.1h, Breed: Native X, Colour: Bay.

History:
Crunchie was bought at the same time as Murphy but took a little longer to come into riding school work as he was quite sharp initially. Crunchie had obviously had a fairly difficult past prior to coming to Aberdeen as he has old scars from being tethered around his neck and he can be very nervous of new people he doesn’t trust yet. However, once he had built his confidence with the staff at ARC, he became one of the best school ponies we have ever owned. He was bought by a private family in 2005, who then sold him to a home in Edinburgh in 2006. He didn’t behave very well at his private home, so returned to Aberdeen a month later and ARC bought him back to ensure he could stay with the club where he was happy. He was then bought by a riding school customer in 2007, who then sold him back to us in 2008, when they stopped riding. Crunchie has been with us ever since and will remain with ARC for the rest of his days as it seems to be his favourite place.

Further Information:
Crunchie does all standards of lessons with both adults and children and is very popular because he is comfortable and easy to get going forward. He can be a bit nervous of bigger jumps, but is happy to jump as long as he gets a chance to jump in trot the first time he approaches to get his confidence up.

 

Dan

Date of Birth: 1994, Sex: Gelding, Height: 14h, Breed: Welsh X, Colour: Black.

History:
Dan was at Oldfold prior to ARC moving there, and we decided to keep him because he was such a good jumping pony. He continues to be the most expensive school pony we bought (£3500.00) but we feel he was worth it as he is such a lovely chap. Prior to working in the riding school he did quite a lot of show jumping so is very experienced for teaching our younger members and small adults.

Further Information:
Dan is another one of our ponies who has problems keeping his weight under control. He also has a funny blue eye (known as a ‘wall eye’). His vision is not affected by the colour but looks a bit odd!

 

Dixie

Date of Birth: 1995, Sex: Mare, Height: 14.3h, Breed: Native X, Colour: Albino.

History:
Dixie was in the riding school at Oldfold before ARC moved there so we bought her along with some of the others. She had previously been brought to Oldfold as a horse for the owner to sell on, but settled well into the riding school so stayed with us. She is a very sensitive mare, who wears a bit-less bridle and is best ridden with a nice quiet hand. She can be a bit nappy to her friends, so the key is to get Dixie going well off the leg within the first five minutes of riding.

Further Information:
Dixie is very sensitive to the sun due to her colouring so needs to have lots of sunscreen put on in the summer. She can pull faces a bit when you go into her stable, but won’t bite or kick – she just thinks she looks scary.

 

Freddie

Date of Birth: 2005, Sex: Gelding, Height: 14.3h, Breed: Cob, Colour: Bay.

History:
Freddie came over from Ireland, where he had been lightly backed as a four year old. We swapped him for another horse (Dumbledore) who did not enjoy riding school work, and Freddie is much more suited to it as he is an inquisitive, confident guy. He also did around six months of training with our staff before entering the riding school, making him a fairly well schooled flatwork and jumping ride.

Further Information:
Freddie also competes as a dressage horse in the university competitions and was the best placed horse in both competitions in 2010, gaining marks of over 65%.

 

Gemima

Date of Birth: 2002, Sex: Mare, Height: 13h, Breed: Native X, Colour: Piebald

History:
Sally found Gemima tied to a caravan at a horse dealer’s in England and thought she was so cute and friendly she would be a good purchase for the school. She was very green and only recently backed when ARC bought her in 2006, but after quite a lot of work with the staff she became a very good school pony.

Further Information:
Gemima is a great fun pony to ride on the flat and over jumps. She can be very stubborn about how she likes to be ridden and if she feels she is being kicked or “flapped at” she will simply grind to a halt until the rider is a bit more sympathetic. She loves following her friends, which makes her a good fun pony to ride outside and she is very good for learning to canter on because she is very comfortable.

 

Hagrid

Date of Birth: 2002, Sex: Gelding, Height: 14.3h, Breed: Irish, Colour: Skewbald.

History:
Hagrid was bought in 2008 from Carlisle, and arrived with Dumbledore and Ron. He previously belonged to a trekking centre and had also been quite well schooled jumping.

Further Information:
Hagrid is always used as a jump horse for the university competitions as he is very honest. He can be fairly stubborn at times and prefers the right rein to the left rein. However, he is very rewarding to ride once you learn to sit a bit quieter and use your legs correctly, as he is capable of going very well. Hagrid can be a bit nappy to his friends, so if you ride him in a lesson you must make sure that you don’t let him nap towards his friends once they are turned in as this makes him worse.

 

Harry

Date of Birth: 2007, Sex: Gelding, Height: 12h, Breed: Welsh, Colour: Grey

History:
Harry has done a bit of showing in the past both on the lead rein and as first ridden. We bought him from a Facebook advert and he arrived with Secret as the first “new purchases” at Anguston. Harry can be cheeky – he likes to jump out of his field and pick another fieid if he gets bored, but he has done a few lessons now and has been good in them. Our biggest problem was finding equipment that was small enough to fit Harry as he is the smallest pony we’ve ever owned!

Further Information:
Harry can be a little cheeky in his stable – sometimes he likes to say hello but other times he may try to nip beside your pocket for treats!

 

Henry

Date of Birth: 2004, Sex: Gelding, Height: 16.1h, Breed: Irish, Colour: Chestnut.

History:
Sally bought Henry from the sales at Cavan in 2012 as we need a new jumping schoolmaster after we had Timone put down. Henry is a lovely big friendly guy, who has had lots of jumping experience throughout his life.

Further Information:
Henry is educated on the flat, but is a very good jump horse. He is happy jumping courses of 1.10 metres, and does quite a few staff and advanced lessons. Henry is also used for RGU competitions and team training. He is a firm favourite of members and staff alike. Henry prefers the right rein to the left, and you will have to work quite hard to keep him straight when jumping a bit bigger, as he likes to drift to the right.

 

Holly

Date of Birth: 2001, Sex: Mare, Height: 13h, Breed: Connemara X, Colour: Grey

History:
Holly was born at our previous premises at Oldfold Farm as a surprise when the previous proprietor bought her mother and no-one realised she was pregnant. Holly duly appeared six months later and the previous proprietor left her in the field as a yearling and a two-year old. When ARC came to Oldfold, we began her education and backed her as a three year old. She then worked with staff under saddle and we bought her in 2006 when we took over the lease at Oldfold.

Further Information:
Holly is one of our most popular ponies as she is very quiet to handle and bombproof with beginners and smaller children. As we did all her training ourselves, she is very well behaved and is always first choice for stable management and birthday parties. Holly also does a lot of good work with the ARC Hippotherapy group. She had a slightly stressful 2008, when she had to go in for an operation to remove one of her big molar teeth as she had an infection under it, but after £2000.00 of treatment, and a good bit of time off work, she was feeling much better

 

Jack

Date of Birth: 1991, Sex: Gelding, Height: 13.2h, Breed: Native X, Colour: Roan.

History:
Jack was a livery at our previous premises for over ten years when ARC agreed to use him as a working livery. Jack is a very experienced competition pony who has done a lot of competitive show jumping. Originally ridden by his owner, he was then loaned out to local families once his owner outgrew him, but has remained stabled with ARC at all times. When his last loan finished, it was agreed that Jack may enjoy taking life a bit easier in his old age, and as he was so happy at ARC, it seemed a shame to move him. He then began doing some work in the riding school.

Further Information:
Jack does private lessons and more competent children’s group lessons. He is a lovely forward going pony who has a lot to teach people due to his experience. He likes to cut the corners on the right rein if you let him away with it, but is a really nice chap. He lives in now and can be found happily eating his hay at the far end of the riding school stables.

 

Jaffa Cake

Date of Birth: 2008, Sex: Gelding, Height: 14.1h, Breed: Irish, Colour: Coloured
History: Sally fell in love with Jaffa Cake when she arrived in her car at Cavan Horse Sales where Jaffa was standing in the car park. Sally went against all advice she would give anyone else and decided to buy him immediately because he was just so cute. She was successful in her bid for him, so he came back to Aberdeen two days later and started working with staff.
Further Information: Jaffa does advanced lessons and is also used to train the RGU competition teams.

JR

Date of Birth: 2008, Sex: Gelding, Height: 15.2h, Breed: Irish, Colour: Coloured.

History:
JR is one of the sweetest horses we have ever had the pleasure of keeping. He was bought by a local family in 2013 with the hope being he would be good for RDA work and he was sourced by Sally and the local family. He is quite an unusual shape, in that he has a very upright neck, but this is one of the reasons we bought him – he has great conformation for teaching people to canter. It is difficult trying to find a horse that will do both able-bodied and RDA work, but JR had great conformation for it, had a super canter for a cob and had a lovely temperament so he was purchased and arrived at Oldfold in 2013. Sally did most of the training with JR and he was brought on for flatwork/jumping at the same time as being trained up in the RDA sessions with an able-bodied rider. Unfortunately, once JR started doing RDA work, the coach and chairperson had changed and they weren’t so capable of working with JR, so the local family donated him to ARC instead on the understanding we would use him for therapy riding that we provide too.

Further Information:
JR has taken to his work really well and is a popular school horse and also great with our therapy riders. He is a very happy guy and is always pleased to see everyone – he likes nothing better than a carrot and a pat on the nose. When we moved to Anguston, JR also started to do work with the local RDA group, ARC Hippotherapy so it’s lovely that he is doing everything that was hoped when the local family purchased him. ARC is very grateful to the Grant Family (Caskieben Dressage) who bought JR.

 

Kevin

Date of Birth: 2009, Sex: Gelding, Height: 15.2h, Breed: Irish, Colour: Black

History:
Kevin was bought at the same sale as Jaffa Cake, although it took longer to find him (we were looking for a weight-carrying type). Kevin was a bit nervous in his stable at the sale, but super when ridden, so Sally decided he was worth spending a bit of time on to train up for the school. Laura has been working with Kevin to educate him on the flat and over jumps.

Further Information:
Kevin is a particularly sweet horse who is very rewarding to work with as his confidence grows and he is already a much bigger and stronger horse than when he arrived. He is very good friends with Jaffa as they arrived, and were isolated, together and they spent a lot of time together in the field.

 

Koko

Date of Birth: 2008, Sex: Mare, Height: 15.2h, Breed: Irish Draft X, Colour: Appaloosa.

History:
Sally bought Koko from Cavan in 2012. She was very green when we bought her, so spent a lot of time working with the staff to learn more before she joined the school. She is a big strong mare, who is very sweet to ride, but needs careful handling to ensure she stays polite. She is sweet to hack out and is much loved by all of the school mares in her field.

Further Information:
Koko is well schooled on the flat and is one of our specialised private lesson horses. She is an excellent choice to work on your seat/work without stirrups as she is comfortable yet responsive. She is a very unusual colour, as she looks almost metallic in the sunshine, so she is an easy one to find when in the stables.

 

Murphy

Date of Birth: 1997, Sex: Gelding, Height: 13h, Breed: Welsh X, Colour: Bay

History:
Koko is well schooled on the flat and is one of our specialised private lesson horses. She is an excellent choice to work on your seat/work without stirrups as she is comfortable yet responsive. She is a very unusual colour, as she looks almost metallic in the sunshine, so she is an easy one to find when in the stables.

Further Information:
Murphy is ridden in a Pelham bit as he can be a bit strong when ridden outside. He also has a bit of a problem with his weight and often has to go into a smaller field in the summer to stop him getting too fat. He has starred in a number of Christmas pantomimes as he likes an audience, and his favourite party trick is to lie down and sleep as soon as he comes into his stable in the mornings, whilst snoring incredibly loudly.

 

Scrufty

Date of Birth: 2003, Sex: Gelding, Height: 14.3h, Breed: Cob, Colour: Bay.

History:
Scrufty was bought from Ireland as a newly backed four year old. We called his Scrufty because he looked like a hairy carpet when he first arrived and none of us could quite picture how smart he would become. He was very green initially and spent over six months with the staff and is now one of our best riding school horses.

Further Information:
Scrufty is popular with adults and children as he is very capable both jumping and on the flat. He is used regularly for the university competitions, both for dressage and jumping. He is happy jumping courses up to a metre high and in novice dressage tests. Scrufty can be a bit grumpy with the other horses as he is one of the highest up the pecking order in the field.

Secret

Date of Birth: 1996, Sex: Mare, Height: 13.2h, Breed: Welsh X, Colour: Grey.

History:
Secret was bought in 2017 with Harry at the grand old age of 21. Whilst buying older ponies can be a bit risky, we have always believed that older ponies have a huge amount to offer and if managed well, can enjoy many years of health. Secret is a very experienced little pony who is nice and forward for our junior riders to canter on and is knowledgeable with her jumping. She doesn’t like doing deep corners, so you have to ride her very accurately or she will try to fall in given a chance!

Further Information:
Secret is a very friendly pony and enjoys lots of grooming. Due to her age, she has a couple of “management” issues – if she stands in for more than 2 hours or so, her left hind fills up, but goes down as soon as she gets moving. She also likes to have hay in her stable all the time as she was quite lean when we bought her, so she has been building her weight up slowly.

 

Tess

Date of Birth: 2002, Sex: Mare, Height: 15.2h, Breed: Welsh Part Bred, Colour: Dark Bay.

History:
We bought Tess after Sally had met her at a few eventing camps that she was teaching at and Tess was on with her owner. Tess had decided she wasn’t a fan of competing any more and had started to refuse to jump sometimes. We bought Tess as we wanted a more forward going horse for the staff to ride and our customers and she has done some advanced lessons and some work with RGU. She can be a bit of a hot head, but in a nice way – she tends to just bounce about a bit when she gets a bit sharp and needs ridden forward off the leg more than most to stop her getting so hot.

Further Information:
Tess had a bit of an MOT when she joined us – she had an assessment by our vet and farrier and had her wolf teeth removed, x-rays taken of her feet, steroids into her hocks and pads put on her shoes. She was quite delighted with all this work and was a bit softer to ride on the flat after it.

Twiggy

Date of Birth: 1995, Sex: Mare, Height: 16h, Breed: Clydesdale, Colour: Bay.

History:
Twiggy was bought from Carlisle in 2007 as we needed a bigger weight carrying horse. She had previously been in a private home, but hadn’t done much work in an indoor school so we had to spend quite a while teaching her to canter and trot on circles and over poles. Twiggy has a slightly squint pelvis, which we believe stems from previous injury, but this doesn’t stop her from enjoying her work.

Further Information:
Twiggy does all standards of lesson but mainly slower beginner and novice lessons. She also does adult special needs walks as she is so quiet and well behaved. Twiggy has starred in a number of ARC pantomimes over her years with the Club. She is very popular with children because she is so gentle and often is the “grooming” horse for birthday parties so all of the children can get their photo taken with an enormous Clydesdale.