Bobbi Socks or Socks was Samantha's first horse. Their friendship demonstrated the beautiful human/horse connection. Socks a former lesson horse, show horse is now retired. He and Sam are the inspiration of Sam and Socks Riding School.
TinTin is our tallest horse. He stands just shy of 17 hands. He is our gentle giant. He came to us because he was too gentle and not fiery enough to compete in the show arena. He has a graceful yet powerful trot and canter. He teaches our riders dressage and jumping.
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Georgia Peach is a retired polo horse. She originally started out as a hunter/jumper before her polo career. She played club polo at a local polo club. Her owner retired from polo and now she is enjoying her career as a very seasoned lesson horse and trail horse. She is the Grande Dame of the mares, bossy but very sweet with people and takes her job seriously.
All Star Johnny is her registered name. We call her AJ. AJ is an off the track racing horse who went through several owners. She eventually was introduced to the sport of Polo. AJ had a lot of fears: fear of bridling, riding, and often was out of control.
She came to us with Georgia and we started the process of introducing her to the bridal, saddle and just being a horse again. Today she is a wonderful riding horse. She is for the advanced riders in our program and an excellent bareback horse for the younger children at summer camps. She wears permanent eye covers due to shaking head syndrome from light sensitivity.
Blanca was retired at age 16 from high goal Polo. Her former owner wanted a quieter end of life career for her. We gladly welcomed her to our program. She did carry Sam on the fields for a couple of seasons and enabled Sam to participate in her first professional game. Blanca taught many children and adults how to ride. She is a very patient and stoic horse. Blanca is now retired from the lesson program due to severe arthritis. She is happy being groomed and doted on.
If you would like to contribute towards Blanca's care and medical expenses please click on the link and type "Blanca" in the comments.
Tigger came from a local horse rescue in Aromas, CA. The rescue found him tied to a post along the side of a road emaciated and with hooves that overgrew metal shoes that were sized for a pony. He spent a few months there and joined us. We brought him back to healthy weight and addressed his hooves. then slowly we started to rebuild his trust in humans. He is not in our riding program but gets ridden by Susan and socialized with other horses. He has playful demeanor and is jokingly referred to as "Brad Bit" because the mares all love him.
If you would like to contribute towards Tigger's care and medical expenses click the link and type "Tigger" in the comments.
Valentino aka Bob came to us as an unbroken 8 year old. He was gifted to his owner from her father who bred Azteca horses. Bob is a spirited, intelligent and very flashy mover. Within a years time under saddle he has joined our lesson program. He is fantastic as a lunge line lesson horse and Susan hopes to show him in a dressage pattern in the next years. When he moves he looks like he is dancing.
If you would like to contribute towards Bob's care and medical expenses please click the link and type"Bob" in the comments.
Mickey is a young quarter horse who was started as a barrel racing hopeful. She was named Mickey because she has the silhouette of Mickey Mouse on her back. Mickey is a big horse and very opinionated. She did not enjoy barrel racing and so came to us as a green but broke horse. We found her passion and it is as a jumper. She also enjoys playing polo a bit. She has been very instrumental teaching Tigger respect for other horses.
Roper is a quarter horse. He was trained as a western reiner but has transitioned over to an English riding horse and occasional polo horse. He is Sam's lifeguard horse meaning they ride along side students as they are learning trot and canter and monitors riders and horses during group rides. Roper has Cushings, a metabolic disorder and is on a life long hormone therapy and special diet. He is a very quiet, obliging horse and never creates conflict with other horses. His best friend is a mini shetland pony named Gerald.
If you would like to contribute towards Roper's care or medical expenses click the link and type "Roper" in the comments.
Gerald is a miniture Shetland pony. He provides positive and caring moral. He is Roper's best friend. Gerald used to pull a little cart back in day but he is how retired from strenuous work and play. Gerald is in his later years and is starting to lose function of his teeth. That does not deter his desire to eat but it does require a much different diet of feeds and grain. He enjoys being hugged and brushed and licking one's hand.
If you would like to contribute towards Geralds care and Medical expenses click on the link and type "Gerald" in the comments.
Justice is a Keiger Mustang. She is the breed of horse that Spirit is based on. She is reserved but once she gains your trust, she will do anything you ask. She makes and excellent teaching horse and a very fun riding horse in the arena. She has a lot o zip in her trot and canter.She doesn't care so much for all the grooming but if you give her horse cookies she will oblige.
If you would like to contribute towards Justice's care and medical expenses click the link and type "Justice"in the comments.
Luna was a former gymkhana horse. She unfortunately due to an injury has chronic lameness. Her former owner donated Luna to our program and with proper rehabilitation and work she blossomed in the lesson program. She is spirited and often and instigator of fights at feeding time. She loves people and just wants to please under saddle. Her lameness issues still remain just occur less.
If you would like to donate towards luna's care and medical expenses, click the link and type "Luna" in the comments.
Tahoe joined us recently. He came to this area with a group of other horses to be trained for polo. He due to his age was donated to us and we discovered he is a wonderful lesson horse. He has a can do attitude and everybody loves him. As an older horse keeping weight on him is important. he has a special diet to help maintain his energetic and positive being.
If you would like to contribute towards Tahoe's care and medical expenses click the link and type "Tahoe" in the comments.
Cupcake came from a rescue in
Aromas CA. The rescue got her from another rescue. She is a very sweet and gentle horse. At first she was very shy and hard to catch but now we she a playful side to her and loves being caught. She must have been a driving horse but has easily transitioned to a riding horse. She loves hugs and to be brushed.
If you would like to contribute towards Cupcake's care and medical expenses, click the link and type "Cupcake" in the comments.
Merri is a young female donkey. She was rescued by Fairytaleminis in Morgan Hill CA. She like many were in a kill pen waiting for help or slaughter. She is very affectionate and greets people with her charming bray. She will start her training to pull a single person cart but for now she is enjoying hugs and kisses. Though donkeys are part of the equine family, their health needs are very specific to the breed.
If you would like to contribute towards Merri's care and medical expenses, click the link and type "Merri" in the comments.
Fancy is a Tennessee Walker. She is 20 years old and blind in her left eye. But that does not stop this spunky horse. Her specialty was endurance riding and trail riding. Her previous owner retired from riding and is pleased to see Fancy in her new career as a lesson horse.
If you would like to contribute to Fancy's care and medical expenses click the link and type "Fancy" in the comments.
Cali and Dakota are both very young horses that sustained injuries while playing the vigorous game of polo. They were generously donated to our program by a loving family. Both have made great strides in their rehabilitation and are ready to embark on their new career as lesson horses at Sam and Socks Riding School.
If you would like to contribute towards Cali or Dakota's care and medical expenses click the link and type "Cali" , "Dakota" in the comments.