Fantastic lesson horses are key players in the MVRU equation for success. Our horses are carefully selected for even temperament, intelligence, conformation and quality of movement and training. It can take up to two years of thoughtful training in order to prepare them to be fully confident in all aspects of their work. We value their generous spirits and provide them with the best lifestyle, care and love.
Finesse joined Methow Valley Riding Unlimited in February, 2007. Born in 1996, Finesse is a lovely black, 14.1+ hand Morgan/Quarter Horse cross. She is an intelligent mare with extensive training and quality gaits. Finesse has the athleticism and talent to challenge our most advance riders, while also being quiet and patient enough for beginners. She excels at dressage, jumping, lunging and long-lining, making her a valuable addition to our therapeutic, educational and sport riding programs.
Finesse is owned by Methow Valley Riding Unlimited and is partially sponsored by Noah and Jonah Rose. She is available for additional sponsorship.
Little Black became Tulie B's pony when she was 7 years old. Her years of attention and training have turned him into a fabulous pony in the arena, on the trails and chasing cows. Little Black was born around 1986. He is a 13.1 hand, black Welsh/Quarter Horse cross. His large personality packed into a user-friendly size draws the smaller riders to him. Black's responsiveness and obedience under saddle quickly builds confidence in the youngest of riders, making him invaluable for all of our kids programs.
Black is owned by Methow Valley Riding Unlimited and is partially sponsored by Noah and Jonah Rose and Marguerite Dillon. He is available for additional sponsorship.
Buttons joined the Methow Valley Riding Unlimited family in August 2007. Born in 1996, she is a 16 hand Percheron/Appaloosa cross. She is big and powerful, but gentle and calm. Her dressage training and even, comfortable gaits make her a pleasure to ride. She is steady and dependable over jumps and on the trails. Buttons is a fabulous vaulting horse, as well as becoming an integral part of our therapeutic and sport riding programs.
Buttons is owned by Methow Valley Riding Unlimited and is generously sponsored by Jonah Rose.
Sparks Fly is a typy 14h Welsh/Welsh Cob mare, born in 2000. Sparks is super smart and athletic with plenty of ‘go’. Her lovely disposition, ground manners and darling face, endear her to riders immediately. She is super fun to jump and a fantastic trail pony.
Sparks was donated to MVRU in February of 2012 by former MVRU rider Devon Trepass and her mom, Tracey March of Bend, OR. Sparks is owned by MVRU.
Sparks is partially sponsored by Noah and Jonah Rose is available for additional sponsorship.
Born in 2000, this 14.1 hand, sorrel Quarter Horse is as patient and sensible as a horse can be. She came to Moccasin Lake Ranch as a four year old and quickly became a favorite because of her gentle nature and responsiveness as a saddle horse. This careful mare allows even the smallest of riders to lead, groom, and clean her hooves with confidence. Under saddle, Ginger is popular in the arena and on the trails with riders of all abilities. Started as a cutting horse, Ginger occasionally gets to show off her moves as we move cattle around the ranch. She was generously donated to MVRU by Gaye Pigott.
Ginger is generously sponsored by Noah Rose.
Homer's Odyssey is a gentle, kind 15 hand Paint, born and raised in Washington State in 1991. He is trained in dressage and jumping. He loves to compete - especially in jumping - and go fast while still being trustworthy and dependable.
He is great on the lunge line and is a favorite for teaching riders their first canter. He has a white 'H' on his right side and his forelock sheds out every summer into an unbraidable tuft, earning his nickname Fraggle.
Homer is owned and generously loaned by Jasmine Minbashian.
Homer is partially sponsored by Jonah and Noah Rose and is available for additional sponsorship.
Marley is the only homebred horse at Moccasin Lake Ranch. He was born in 1999 and is a 15.2 hand buckskin Quarter Horse gelding. Affectionately known as 'little hummer,' he is great on the lunge line and is a favorite of western riders in camps and lessons. Hardworking and strong, he is a skilled and reliable cow horse.
Marley is owned and generously loaned by Moccasin Lake Ranch.
Marley is partially sponsored by Noah and Jonah Rose and is available for additional sponsorship.