MEET OUR HORSES
Ambury Park's horses are an essential part of our riding therapy programmes. Every child who attends the Centre, either as a part-time rider or as a full-time student in our school, is assigned a horse. The horse/child interaction is both physical and psychological. The way the child bonds with his or her horse is the cornerstone of our successful programmes.
Some of the horses have been with us a long time, others are relatively new. We have both mares and geldings, and a variety of different breeds. Each horse has a distinct personality and, depending on a number of factors, is used for therapy rides, or by our full-time students, or both of these.
OUR HORSE OF THE MONTH
Bobby is a bit of a star, recently featured in beautiful article about Icelandic horses. See our blog for more details.
He takes great care of his clients big and small; his gate is so smooth that it provides very gentle balance challenges, even if keeping your head up is a challenge. As we all know being on a moving surface means you have to constantly adjust your position and his gait works very well for especially the younger children with physical challenges. He is also great for the other children who are a little anxious. Bobby will adjust his walk and provide different sensory input to our clients. With him being approx. 14 H it gives the ideal height to safely support/facilitate the children when necessary.
Bobby is kindly sponsored by Sarah Turbott
Bay crossbred mare.
Amara has been at the Centre since 2009. She is in training for both the full time students and part time therapy riders. She loves having her neck rubbed and enjoys cantering.
A very majestic grey mare, who has a lot of presence about her. She has a lively walk and is a favourite amongst her team. She also likes to keep the herd in their place.
A dark bay 15.1 hh (154cm) cross bred mare, who has proven her worth working with the most severely enabled riders. Her positive, yet slightly unconventional personality, has supported one or two young people on their future pathways.
At 15 hh (152cm) he is quite the character, and with his lovely broad Clydesdale/Station bred back, he offers his riders an excellent base of support. His cheeky personality mean he has a lot to say, and is always nickering much to the delight of his riders.
What a gem. This very cute piebald pony stands at 14.2 hh (147cm) and his can do attitude allows him to do his job as well as it did when he was competing in his earlier years.
A real gentleman with a lovely rhythmical movement. At 15.3 hh (160cm), and a Ngati bred Chestnut gelding, he is unwavering in his support of beginners.
At only 12.2 hh (127cm), his big personailitymakes him the perfect candidate for dressing up. He has many fans, big and small, but works mainly with the smallest of our riders.
This gorgeous Percheron cross was born on the hills of Gisborne where he spent his early ridden career negotiating the steep terrain as a shepherds hack. He stands around 15:1 hands high. Gandalf joined Ambury in 2018. He is both a strong, solid build and solidly dependable as a mount for riders of all abilities.
Gandalf is sponsored by Doug and Adrienne Alderslade
Tommy (Thomson Rhapsody)
One of the kindest horses you could wish to meet. A big boy at 16.3 hh (170cm), he can adapt for a walk over the farm, to a dressage arena in the blink of an eye, as he changes his tempo to suit his rider.
Tommy was purchased by UPS Power Solutions and sponsored by the Kelliher Trust.
Teka (Brightwater Chiqilton)
This recent arrival has an abundance of presence. A 14.1 hh (144cm) Gypsy Cobb has arrived at Ambury, and got on with the job. There's many an argument over who is going to groom and ride her.
Nathan is a purebred Haflinger and there is not much that he hasn't done in his life. Originally from Germany he has been flown over to New Zealand in 2013. He has already worked as a therapy pony in Germany and has got lots of experience looking after those who need it most. With the patience of a Saint he is a reliable companion.
We are lucky to have this 16 hh (162cm), pretty bay Clydesdale mare who has as much to teach as she has to learn. She has settled into her work more each day. Her calm personality draws people to her, and she enjoys the fuss.