MEET OUR HORSES

Mackinac Horsemen’s Association strives to build positive, confident, and trusting relationships between horse and human. We believe this is integral to the growth and development of equestrians while also nurturing the values of Mackinac Island. We promote this through our lesson program, 4H program, on site clinics, shows, demonstrations, and our Lease-A-Horse program.

Each horse in our program serves a portion of the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association Mission Statement and offers the opportunity for skill improvement. Lesson horses range in size and ability, and are school masters in their discipline.  These horses have been carefully selected to sustain a flourishing lesson program and create a valuable learning experience for our students.

Our lesson program is founded on proper horsemanship, use of aids, and safety for riders. We believe it is essential that our students have the proper tools and skills to build a trusting and confident relationship with their horse. Lessons range from beginner to intermediate/advanced and we focus on both English and Western Dressage. Here at Mackinac Horsemen’s Association each rider is given one on one attention and is started from the basics to provide a firm foundation in their experience as an equestrian. 

Scroll over the photos below to learn more about our horses!

BLAZE

Breed: Haflinger Pony

Color: Chestnut

Height: 12 Hands

Birth year: 1992

Favorite Hobby: Eating

 

Blaze is an island favorite. He is a school master in both driving and riding. He is a great pony for our beginner riders and young horse enthusiasts who are new to equestrian sports.

ELLIE

Breed: Grade

Owner: MHA

 

A retired show lesson horse who loves jumping and takes care of her kids. Ellie is the perfect horse for riders of all ages, disciplines, and knowledge.

CHESTER

Breed: Welsh Cross

Color: Bay

Height: 12.3 Hands

Birth year: 2001

Favorite Hobby: Eating Carrots

 

Chester is a bombproof lesson horse. He came from Dressage background and was used as a lesson pony for a number of years. Chester loves being groomed  and is new addition for our youth riders.

COMMANDER

Breed: Fell / Pinto Cross

Color: Black and White

Height: 13.3 Hands

Birth year: 2010

Favorite Hobby: Playing in the paddock

Commander comes to MHA as a use-lease mount. He is utilized in lessons and 4h. Commander is great for riders who wish to work on their leg aides and suppleness of the bit. He is trained in dressage.

FINN

Breed: Percheron Gelding

Birth year: 2008

Owner: Gabrielle Valezano

 

Finn is a super sweet, steady-Eddie lesson horse who lives for his scratches and treats.

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GLADDY

Breed: Quarter Horse

Birth year: 2005

Owner: Makayla Haywood

A retired speed horse, Gladdy gives students the confidence to learn how to trot and cantor while showing his skills as a speed horse to our more advanced riders.

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CARAMEL

Breed: Quarter Horse

Birth year: 2005

Owner: Dale Gough

 

A retired Cindy’s Riding Stable trail horse, Caramel has the patience of an angel and will do anything for a cookie or two.

ARLO

Breed: Quarter Horse

Birth year: 2003

Owner: Bridget Cochran

 

A competing eventer, Arlo loves giving first rides to students of all ages as well as showing our older students how to jump a full course in the ring and outside. Arlo’s favorite pastime is swimming in Lake Michigan, and taking anyone through the waves!

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MAD-EYE MOODY

Breed: Quarter Horse

Owner: Bridget Cochran

 

From rescue to lesson horse, Mad-Eye Moody is always ready for the next adventure, whether in the show ring, jumping around the cross-country course, or swimming in Lake Michigan!