Charlie (aka Charlie Cheesecake) is a 16 year old, 16.1 hand, gray Thoroughbred gelding. Registered as Bold Meadow with The Jockey Club, Charlie has a star with connecting stripe and snip on his face. Before becoming a school horse at SaddleBack, Charlie had spent many years as a “pony horse” on the track. Pony horses are the horses you see in the pre and post parades. They're the horses accompanying the racehorse and jockey onto the track at race time. Pony horses are there for a number of reasons. At the beginning of each race, a pony’s rider reaches over to attach a lead to a nervous racehorse on the way to the starting gate. The racehorse might be young, anxious, distracted or just plain silly. The pony horse is often a calming presence, providing a safety net for both horse and jockey. SaddleBack purchased Charlie in 2013 because of this calming demeaning, non-spookiness (he’s seen it all at the track over the years), and willingness to try for his rider.
Once at SaddleBack, Charlie started receiving training rides, learned how to be consistent with his leads, move off the leg, how to jump courses, and now has an auto flying lead change and is competitive at local Hunter Jumper schooling shows. He was Reserve Champion in the Long Stirrup Division in 2014 and has also had Year End awards in the the AC Short Long and 2’ Hunter Divisions. Last year, Charlie moved up to also compete in the the 2’3 Academy Beginners and has brought home many great ribbons for his riders ever since. Charlie has jumped up to 3' with ease, has a huge stride that easily gets down the lines, and an easy, auto flying lead change. Riders enjoy Charlie because he is not too fast or too lazy, doesn’t spook and is consistent. He’s great not only in our very beginner walk/trot lessons but also at teaching riders how to do flying lead changes and learn to jump. Charlie is currently available for lessons, partial lease, and showing.
SaddleBack has 12 school horses currently available for lessons, partial leases & showing. Lessons from: $40 group, $45 private. Partial Leases from: $275/month for all horse expenses.