We are very proud of our small team of characterful and willing horses. They are a young and enthusiastic team between 9 and 22 years of age. They range in height from 14hh-16.2hh and we have a mixture of types from native breeds (i.e. Connemara, Irish Cob) to more exotic breeds (i.e. Appaloosa, Arab, Irish Sports Horse, Hackney x). There should be a horse to suit everyone.
We have worked hard to hand select these horses. We would happily ride any one of them all day long, and we regularly do! The confidence of our horses is important to us. We want a team that love to work and enjoy the environments we ask them to explore with us. Using various natural horsemanship techniques we play games with our horse to ensure they are as adventurous as we are. This has seen them climb in, on, under and over almost anything you can imagine. They are well travelled by road and sea, and always eager for the next adventure.
We probably shouldn’t ‘personify’ our horses. You want to know how lively they are, how fast they will go and how good their brakes are. The truth is, these horses will reflect you. They are great at getting a sense of the capabilities and aspirations of their riders and they never fail to deliver whether you are looking for relaxation or exhilaration. So below is a snippet of their vital statistics and our take on their ‘horse-nalities’ to give you a feel for what they are like ...
14HH, heavy weight, age 13
Guinness Cob, black
The moustached man with the heart of a lion. One of our smaller horses but don't be fooled, he keeps up despite his little legs. Stunning markings (white spectacles) this boy is utterly charming and is a peat bog fairy who can navigate us over any terrain.
14HH, mid weight, age 15
Our little project. Uisge has had a tough start in life and is now enjoying being part the herd where she is gaining confidence. It’s a hard life being the baby though! A sensitive wee horse that needs quiet handling but is clever and extremely rewarding in the right hands.
14.2HH, mid weight, age 11
Appaloosa x Hanoverian, bay
A mischievous 14.2 mare from Blackburn, Pearl is a bay appaloosa x hanoverian, with no spots but with that classic Appy tail and attitude. She's light and responsive to ride, calm and well schooled, but with a glint of fun in her eye and a great fondness for hay!
16.2HH, mid weight, age 15
He is a gentle giant in spotty pyjamas. Standing at 16.2hh he'll even over-top Denver, but he's a great softie, always keen for a rub. Iorek is an Appaloosa from a show-jumping home, with a gleaming white coat that he likes to keep scrupulously clean at all times. No Iorek - don't roll again!!
15.2HH, light weight, age 19
TB cross, skewbald
Jazz is the gentleman of the herd who came to us from a previous trail-riding home with Rosie in Tomintoul. Jazz is a total professional who knows his job and has lovely paces with touch button control. He loves nothing more than to be sang to and given a good scratch!
RHONA AND CARA
Rhona and Cara
14HH, heavy weight, age 6
Traditional Highland ponies, grey
You may have met Rhona and Cara whilst on Knoydart and they have now joined us at Glen Kerran, , to get fully broken in and experience life through trail riding. They are half sister originally bought as stalking ponies. These two are completely inseparable and love nothing more than a good cuddle and scratch.
Rhona is VERY laid back and if she was a human she would definitely spend her day sitting outside watching the world go by, whilst feasting on delicious snacks of course!
Cara is a very inquisitive horse who loves to seek new things. She has the most incredible long mane that flows past her chest however does take a good 3 hours to get a comb through it!
In October 2019 we welcomed our latest addition to the herd, baby Yeva. A wee lurcher puppy bursting with energy and full of character. She is looking forward to meeting you all and can't wait to be big enough to join us on the trails and show off her top running speed.
You may see our loveable hounds around during your stay.
In the summer of 2018 we lost our beloved Tilly. We miss that big character with tiny legs. She sure did make the most of all her adventures with us.
Kiyo is Nikki’s 7 year old English springer spaniel. She has a hair-do like Tina Turner and pulls really big cheesy grins when she is excited to see you but she is as soft as a lamb…in fact softer as our sheep often enjoy chasing her!
And of course if your chosen ride brings you to our Home location, you might even meet the flock. Ever growing, the flock is now over 20 strong!
In July 2019 we welcomed three fabulous kittens into our ever-growing herd! We’d love you to meet Cthulhu, Inigo Montoya and Anastasia, who we can certainly say their personalities are as interesting and whacky as their names. You will no doubt meet these furry pawed friends during your stay as they love nothing more than affection!