Our horses are carefully chosen for their gentle personality and calm temperament. Most of them are “senior citizens” who are very happy leading a quiet life being ridden lightly several times a week to keep fit. All are on special diets which our volunteers carefully monitor so that they are in top condition for our riding program. Each horse has an unique personality and all are deeply appreciated and loved by riders, volunteers and parents.
Tango is a 14.1 hand, 30 -year old chestnut (sorrel) mare. She is a registered Quarter Horse, and was originally trained as a western cutting horse. Tango is sensitive, responsive, and eager to please. With her free spirited nature, she is quite happy roaming the open field in Byrne Preserve with her 4-H buddy, Libby.
Tango was acquired in 2000 with funds donated by the Altos Foundation.
Sparkie, is our clever gray 22 -year old, Shetland pony. At 11 hands high, he is a trickster who has learned how to escape his stall to find a patch of grass nearby. He is a popular pony for our youngest riders, and on non-program days, may be spotted pulling a cart. His previous owners entered him in parades, and horse shows.
Sparkie was donated in 2008 by Patricia Snyder.
Libby a “Pony of America” is 24 years old palomino mare. She is a smart and well trained pony, and has shown in pony club events. She stands at 13.1 hands high and lives in Byrne Preserve with Tango.
Libby was acquired in 2002 with funds donated by the Altos Foundation.
Cinders, aka; “Love Bug”, and “Mr. C”, is a 28 -year old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding, originally from Kentucky. He has gained the reputation as one of our friendliest horses. He needs a little extra coaxing to get him to trot, but once he gets going his smooth gate can’t be beat. He stands at 14.3 hands high, and has a blue roan color.
Cinders was acquired in 2004 with general funds.
Reno is a 12 year-old 14.1 hand Red Dun Mustang gelding. He started life in the wild, living on the Granite Range in Nevada. At 3 years old he was rounded up and underwent initial training in a Prisoner Rehab program for use as a ranch horse. In 2010 he was adopted and used for cow sorting, roping, barrel racing to sierra pack riding events. A very gentle “get-on-and go” horse.
Reno was acquired in 2014 with funds made available by the Los Altos Community Foundation.
Steele is a 24-year old gray gelding. He is double registered as Paint and Quarter Horse and is our largest horse at 15.2 hands high. Before coming to Westwind 4-H, he received the title “Therapy Horse of the Year” at Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship program in Southern California.
Steele belongs to our instructor Roxanne Raksnys.
Trinity is an 21-year old black and white paint mare, and is 14.2 hands high. She had a long show career as a children’s jumper where she won many blue ribbons with her speed and nimble turns. She loves her new life in the 4-H program, especially the games, and is gentle and patient with her young riders.
Trinity is leased from Polly Neumann.
Muse is an 11-year old 14.1 hand Welsh Pony gelding. Before coming to Westwind he was a show hunter/jumper and Lesson Pony. Muse has a great disposition and is a wonderful beginner riding horse.
Muse was acquired in 2018 with general funds.