combination for a new equestrian.
Dantea came from an abusive
situation, so it has taken time to
develop the relationship they have
today. But in that time, Dantea has
been patient with Marshall, and
she with him.
For Marshall, the focus of
her time with Dantea is on fun.
“Dantea and I just spend time
together,” she says. “That could
mean driving, riding, having a spa
day—concentrating on hair care,
mainly—or just hanging out in
the pasture.” The duo sometimes
competes in driving events, but
that too is more about camaraderie
and fun than getting a ribbon.
You Can’t Have Just One
When equine trick trainer Jackie
Johnson was approached with the
question of working with a Gypsy
Vanner Horse, she wasn’t quite
sure what to expect. She had never
worked with the breed before, but
she soon discovered there was a lot
to love about it. “They are so easy
to work with and train, and they
are healthy, sturdy and versatile,”
says Johnson of the Gypsy Vanner.
In addition to her Paint mare
and Percheron gelding, Johnson
has four Gypsy Vanner Horses.
All of her horses are trained for
riding and driving. They compete
in hunter/jumpers, trail, barrel
racing, mounted shooting and
more. “Anything that suits our
fancy that week,” says Johnson.
In comparison to other breeds
Johnson has worked with, she
says the Gypsy Vanner’s versatility
and ease of training stand out. “I
always say that I can train three
Gypsy Vanner Horses in the time
that it takes me to train one light
horse,” she explains. “This breed is
born knowing its job!”
A Romantic at Heart
If you’re looking for that fairytale
mount with flowing hair and a
noble presence, Heidi Horchler