Alli is a 1999 registered Clydesdale mare standing 17.1 hands high. In her past life, she’s been a driving horse, a lesson horse, and a very successful broodmare. Since her arrival at the farm, she has been an integral part of our family!
Alli’s roles have varied through the years. She has taught lessons to a variety of students ranging from raw beginner on up. During the “Snowmageddon” which crippled the Mid-Atlantic, she proved to be the original SUV-Scottish Utility Vehicle, that is! She broke trails through 3’+ deep snow, carried me along fencelines to repair or free fence from drifts, and pulled sleds of grain (and people!) to distant pastures.
When my husband’s beloved Belgian was injured just before a Medieval Reenactment, Alli stepped in seamlessly as his number one Charger. He wrote about the experience of their first introduction here , and of flash-training her to the games under pressure here and here . Alli not only carried Mark to tournament glory-bitless!- but patiently carried several other “horseless” equestrians.
Later that same season, Alli carried Mark on his first taste of riding to foxhounds with the calm steadiness she has become known for.
Alli tilting the Quintain (video, please click to view):
Alli on the Knight’s Challenge(video, please click to view):
The long and the short of it- welcoming little Jasmine to the farm:
A sultry, Scottish afternoon: