Beyond the Bridle: Meet Bruno

This little guy is 13 years old and came to Woodland in 2008.  He reminds us of a fuzzy sweet potato dressed as a pony. Adorable!!

He is a chestnut pony standing about 13 hands high.  He is the perfect size to help our younger riders feel more comfortable with the size and movements of horses and ponies.  He is not intimidating in his stall.  Quite friendly as a matter of fact.  He is happy to let new riders learn to groom and tack.  Maybe not the best choice to learn how to bridle as he can move his head around to test your “try”.  Our best guess is he was foaled in 2004.

Bruno knows his job.

bruno5 He is a great choice for kids and smaller adults.  Bruno loves to see what you are made of and will test you to see if you can keep him pointed the direction YOU want to go.  Otherwise he may bring you to your instructor, just for fun!

Just so you know…he loves to canter rather than trot…sometimes!

When it comes to Summer Camp, Bruno is an amazing guy because he keeps his sense of humor with kids who are new to riding.  We can all make mistakes but Bruno will not hold it against you!

Even though he is small in stature don’t be fooled.  He is a spectaular jumper and loves to help new riders build their skill and confidence.


Bruno “Stories”

Sheena Patel, one of our students who has graduated from college and is working with the Teton Raptor Center in Wyoming, has always loved Bruno.  She shared this amuzing story about Bruno with me over the weekend.

“One time I took him to a jumper show at Frying Pan Park with a bunch of other people and we decided to go school the cross country course there after the show was over. So Bruno being the tiniest and not most frequently taken out in the field on a cross country course pony, got really excited. I think it was his first time jumping over a ditch so someone was taking a video and even though it was a pretty small ditch to jump he went over it at and completely tucked his head in between his legs and opened his eyes really big! It was such a funny moment because you could tell in midair over the jump that he all of a sudden decided he was unsure if he wanted to jump over it our not but that it was too late for him to back out. Now he jumps ditches, no problem!”

Such a good boy!!

Bruno w rider

Remember…even though our horses and ponies are well-behaved and very talented, they are still horses and ponies.  They can have a bad day and also be influenced by unexpected things.  They are reactionary critters!

Breed Profile: Thoroughbred

The Thoroughbred is one of the world’s most popular breeds of horse. This breed has served most notably as race horses, but many horses go on to successful careers in other disciplines once their time at the track is over. Woodland has several Thoroughbreds of its own, such as Chester, Tucker, Rossi, and Baron. Did I name a favorite of yours? Well here’s (almost) the whole story of the Thoroughbred.

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