Meet Our Lesson Horses

While owner/trainer Nina Fisher adopts and takes in numerous surrendered or “adopted” horses, she unfortunately can’t take in every horse out there, although in her heart, she wishes it was that simple and that she could. However, she must scrutinize every animal and go on the basis of what horse best fits into her lesson program based on multiple factors such as personality, a sound mind and good health. So, let’s meet them!

Gucci:Purchased” 8 y/o mare Buttercup Buckskin who arrived at SSF late spring 2015. She was rescued by her previous owner for a small price from a kill pen auction, then bought by Nina. She is 14 hands. She has a laidback and kind nature. Such a gem! When you meet her, you will surely fall in love with this sweet, special girl! 

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 Whiskey : 15 y/o bay gelding Foundation Quarter Horse who arrived at SSF March 2015!! He stands 15 hands. He is a quirky, low-key, quiet horse who enjoys human interaction and truly aims to please! Very dependable and one of the favorites of our riders!

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Ben:  “Adopted” 10 y/o light bay gelding Thoroughbred who came from one of the numerous training centers in Ocala. He stands at 16 hands. He has been at the farm since 2016. A very sweet and curious horse who enjoys attention! *Due to a joint injury, Ben is often off and on again for light lesson work only.*

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Honey:Adopted” 12 y/o Appaloosa. She stands at 15 hands. She was a former trail horse and is very dependable with a good, level head. She has been at the farm since 2015. She is just a nice all around horse and an athletic girl!!

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Daisy: Purchased”-26 y/o medium size pony standing 13′ 2 hands. Palamino mare Quarter Horse. She has been part of the Steppingstone family since 2002. She is the mother to Striker”. Such a kind, laidback and nurturing broodmare. She is now retired but loves to be groomed and loved on. Be sure to say Hi to her. She was the lesson Queen.

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Heart: Adopted” -12 y/o horse standing 15′ 2 hands. Light bay gelding  Off the Track Thoroughbred. He has been at the farm since 2015. He was rescued from Ohio New Locations for Adoptions of Thoroughbred Standard Breeds. He is an energetic, athletic and high-spirited horse who needs and enjoys consistent daily routine work.

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Striker: Born here at SSF is the son of “Daisy” and half brother to lesson horse “Chip” (they have the same father).   He is a 14 y/o pony standing 13′ 3 hands. He is a black gelding Quarter Horse. Such a fun, playful, and spunky horse!  He is currently retired due to joint issues.

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Chip:“Adopted”- 20 y/o horse standing 15′ 2 hands. Dark bay gelding Quarter Horse. He has been at the farm since 2004 and is half brother to “Striker” by the father’s bloodline. When rescued, he was found with nowhere to stand but on top of tree roots, in a mud filled area, in poor conditions. A very forgiving horse. He is docile and very dependable and seems to be drawn to children. Just a big ole teddy bear!

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Mickey“:  “Adopted 7 year old bay gelding. Mickey came to SSF in 2016 when he was 3 years old to be the farm’s project pony. Nina chose him so senior riders could use the knowledge and skills they learned from her to break and train him. After many months of training, he transformed from a pony who wanted nothing to do with humans to a sweet little guy who will follow you around like a puppy dog. At 12’2” hands, he is the smallest pony at the farm, but shhhh, he doesn’t know that! He is a nice mover who has no problem running the jump course or keeping up with all the big boys!

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Breezy is a 10 year old Paint mare born in 2010. She stands just over 14 hands and arrived at the farm in December 2019. Nina adopted her from owners who are in their senior years and looking for her to have a place where she can have a job. With some hard training she is turning into a good hunter horse and is working hard in our 2020 summer camp.

Shay is a very friendly 8 year old Black Frisian/ Curly mare. She was born in October 2012 and stands 14 1”. She was rescued as a filly and re-homed. She was surrendered back to her rescuer in 2018. Shay came to the farm as a border in December 2018. Her owner surrendered her to Nina in February 2019. She was put into training and was used for summer camp for the first time in 2019 and is quickly becoming a favorite of our riders.