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Former School Horses

Mack's headMack
1974 - January 14, 2005

January 2005:  Macaloosa was a beloved horse who came to us in April 1998 at age 22, thanks to the generous Raffetto family. This winter we found ourselves in the extremely difficult position of having to humanely euthanize Mack. During his life he taught so many lessons-and was truly a jack-of-all-trades. Mack had experience vaulting and driving and was a pony club mount in dressage, cross country, and jumping, where he competed nationally. At Three Gaits he shared his personality and life lessons with riders of all sizes and abilities. Mack was wonderful with our youngest and smallest riders.  He stood patiently at the ramp waiting for a timid or fearful child to muster the courage to take that final step and mount. In his early years with us, Mack helped teach adult riders to trot and canter, allowing them to challenge themselves to new heights.  Unfortunately, winter wasn't kind to Mack and his arthritis and declining condition forced a troubling decision, but one we had to make in the face of this wonderful friend's suffering. We have many fond memories of Mack and will miss him

  • Registered Name: Macaloosa
  • Date of Birth: 1974
  • Breed: Appaloosa
  • Height: 16 Hands High
  • Color: Roan 
  • Markings: Lots
  • Former Owner: Nancy Raffetto (Donation)
  • Arrived at Three Gaits: April 1998
  • School Horse Specialty: Mack's movement and demeanor made him an ideal match for hippotherapy.
  • Previous Life: Mack was used for dressage, jumping, eventing, vaulting and even some driving! He taught lots and lots of people about English riding.
  • Did you know?: Mack had colic surgery at a young age and was not able to eat grain.

Photograph courtesy of Shorthorse Studios

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Stable Address:  3741 Hwy 138 W     Stoughton, WI  53589
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