Dutch warmblood, born 2004. Zaïra is the sweetest and most open horse I have ever met. Since 2011 she is a part of my life. After a splendid start in the academic art of riding my world shattered when she became lame because of sidebones (severe ossification of the cartillage in the front feet) and and fracture in one of them. After a long and difficult period I decided to continue her training and to find out how I could help her be more comfortable in her body. As a result, Zaïra is sound in all gaits. By strengtening her hindquarters so that her front feet were unburdened, she is able to even carry a rider.
Haflinger, born 2000. Andor used to be a lesson horse on de Paardenmaat, until he had a severe tendon injury. In 2013 I started training him in hand to see if I could rehabilitate him. To everybody’s surprise, our fat, lazy haflinger was super talented! With his amazing motivation he developed fast. In 2014 we did our groundwork/lungeing test and squiretest in the same weekend. Andor is my rock and my zenmaster.
PRE, born 2005. Silla came onto my path in 2017, when I was not looking for another horse. But Silla stole my heart the first time I met her, and in August she came home. Silla grew up wild in Spain and did not have the best start in the human world. She is hotheaded and very sensitive, which is a difficult and beautiful combination. Every day when she touches her nose to my face I am the happiest girl in the world.
Appaloosa/quarter horse mix, born 2002. Solon was born and raised on de Paardenmaat. From nature, he is very insecure. He inherited front feet problems from his mother, so he was never educated well in riding. He now has special irons on his frontfeet and is no longer lame. In 2014 I highjacked Solon and never gave him back 🙂 I truly enjoy seeing him develop mentally because he is feeling better and better in his body. He has transformed into a gentle, confident horse that will walk through fire.
PRE mare (2013). Cataleya is a popular riding teacher at the Paardenmaat, but is often ‘stolen’ for the art 😉 She has a heart of gold and a lot of talent. Together we train carefully for the next level.
NRPS pony (1996-2021). Banoe was my third parent during my teenage years. We have spent many hours together, exploring the world. I am very grateful for all the lessons Banoe taught me.