Archive for the ‘Residents’ Category
MANDY is a 20 year old Haflinger, who retired to Ryerss in June, 2014. Her former owner had not ridden her for many years but loved to see her grazing in his pasture. She was also a broodmare who produced foals just as beaautiful as she is! Upon arriving at Ryerss, she met another new arrival, Dewey, who looks like a larger version of Mandy, and they became good friends quickly. Mandy is now enjoying spending her time grazing on the lush green pastures at Ryerss with her new friends and has settled in nicely.
MAX, a.k.a. MAXIE, is a Lilac Sabino Tennessee Walker, born in South Carolina. Maxie was the most exquisitely-moving gaited horse that his former owner had ever seen. Max spent years with trainers, in seminars, clinics, learning ground work, centered riding and even studying some dressage. He was retired and put out to pasture in 2001. Max became a personal friend and companion to his former owner, helping her recover from cancer. Maxie taught his former owner enormous lessons of recovery and enlightened her on how to respect, handle and truly love horses, not for what they can do for us but for what they are able to BE to us.
MAY DAY (“DAY”) and May Evening were born in 1981, two days apart. They were raised as sisters, because one became an orphan shortly after birth and was raised by the mare who had just given birth to the other. May Day is a bay Morgan mare, born on May 1st. Her occupation was always trail riding, including riding on the Old Dominion Trail. May Day also was a regular in several parades, including the Apple Blossom Day Parade. Her former owner rode her on various trails in English, Western and Aussie saddles. On May 5, 2011, May Day, along with May Evening, became a Ryerss resident and moved into the historic upper barn, where they are part of a herd of 19 horses.
MINGLING GLANCES (“MINGLES”), a 16.1hh bay Thoroughbred, born in 1994, was shipped to Ireland from the USA to race as a 2 and 3 year old. In 1997 she returned to the USA where she continued to race until 1999. She then became a broodmare having 7 foals. Mingles retired to Ryerss Farm in February of 2015, along with her stablemates Pounce, Sequence and Smartie.
MINNIE (MIGNONNE) is a 16.2 hand bay Percheron/Thoroughbred cross mare. She is easy to work with and easy to handle. She loves being groomed and enjoys the carrots and apples brought to her by the Ryerss visitors. Minnie is a part of the main herd at Ryerss and has made friends with Mandy and several others. She is a beautiful and impressive figure in the field.
NILES: On September 8, 2013, the Show Horses of Watchung (SHOW) retired Niles to Ryerss Farm. Niles, an eighteen year old bay Quarter Horse gelding served for three years in the Watchung Stables Troop Program. As an intermediate-level lesson horse, Niles was always the first pick and was sure to consistently place in the Pleasure Division.
Over time, Niles developed lameness issues in both front feet that forced an early retirement. Since his arrival here at Ryerss, he has fancied cute little Seham and they have been side by side ever since.
OMEN is a young Miniature Horse who was rescued from an unfortunate situation and has come to live at Ryerss Farm. He had been trained to pull a cart but was purchased by a stable to be a riding pony. When the new owners tried to put a saddle on the little pony, Omen became terrified at the weight and bucked it off. Over the next few weeks, the problem grew worse and Omen became more and more distressed. It became clear that Omen needed a new home, as he was not able to do what was demanded of him.
Afraid of how this all might end, a concerned citizen stepped in and purchased Omen. Subsequently, when we were asked to provide refuge and a home for the little Miniature Horse, Ryerss said “yes” and we are now welcoming Omen into our family.
He has begun to accept treats which are offered gently by the children who visit us, and is starting to trust humans again. Omen is a “good omen” for Ryerss and he now joins his new herd mates as our smallest resident!
PATRICK (Bantry Bay’s Swayze) is a 15hh bay Connemara/TB cross. He retired to Ryerss Farm in October 2016, at the age of 27. Patrick was purchased from his breeder and has had just one owner his entire life. He has fox-hunted and has extensive trail riding experience, including judged trail rides. Patrick has been schooled in dressage, accomplishing all lateral work at the trot, credible canter pirouettes and piaffe half-steps. He has also been ridden over fences, showing good form and scope up to 3’6” with an occasional 4’ gymnastic. Up until September 2016, he was still being trail ridden and was schooling a young teenage girl in the art of dressage. Patrick in now part of the main herd at Ryerss and has made friends with Bailey, a palomino retiree.
PEANUT, a bay Quarter Horse mare, retired to Ryerss Farm on October 9, 2016. She is 29 years old and stands 14.3hh. Peanut is one of three mares who all arrived together as rescues from the Large Animal Protective Society. They had been adopted several years earlier by a woman who can now could no longer care for them and, therefore, returned them to LAPS. As all three were all in their 20’s and could not be adopted as riding horses, they needed a permanent home to live out their retirement years. Ryerss has generously provided that place. Please visit Peanut and her friends, Ginger and Bianca, when you come to the farm. They currently reside in the two pastures north of the upper barn and silo.
PETE (ROYAL PALM) is a Dutch Cross who stands 18hh. He retired to Ryerss Farm on July 2, 2016. Pete came to us from Virginia and also spent time in Florida during his competition years. He competed successfully in several disciplines during his career, including dressage, show jumping and even driving. Pete has a great personality and is even-tempered. He comes to Ryerss from the same stable where Bounder (another Ryerss retiree) lived in earlier years. Pete is a handsome bay who truly stands out in a crowd!
POUNCE (PASSIONATE CUB), a 16hh chestnut Thoroughbred, born in 1992, held a couple of different careers. First, she started racing for 3 years with a total earnings of $75,642.00. Once finished her racing career she became a broodmare producing 8 foals. Pounce retired to Ryerss along with her stablemates Smartie, Mingles and Sequence in February of 2014.