2005: Our old equine friend, Snuffy,
recently retired after 13 years at Three Gaits. Thanks to program
coordinator, Dena Duncan, and occupational therapist, Stephanie
Bruschi, Snuffy has a permanent home on Stephanie's property. We are
glad to report that he is very well, loves his new friends, and has
fit right in.
Throughout his life, Snuffy, a
handsome chestnut unspotted Appaloosa, has willingly done all that's
asked of him. Once a family's 4-H horse, he expanded into huntseat
shows and also dressage. With his experience, training, and pleasant
disposition, Snuffy was terrific match for a therapeutic
horsemanship program. Snuffy came to live and work at Three Gaits in
1992 and his owner, Leanne Hake (to whom we are extremely grateful),
eventually donated him to us.
Snuffy became the most-loved horse of
many a rider at Three Gaits. At times playful, yet always calm,
sensitive, and steady, Snuffy was also a favorite among the many
volunteers who have worked with him over the years.
Snuffy recently turned 30 years old,
and although he is still bright-eyed and active, we knew that some
health and condition issues were beginning to take a toll as far as
the daily work required of a program horse. And though he's missed
around the barn, we know the decision to retire him to his wonderful
new home was the right one.
Former Owner: Leanne
Arrived at Three
Gaits: August 1992
School Horse Specialty:
Snuffy doesn't have one specialty because he is a jack of all
trades. He does everything that we ask of him and more. He is
always happy to do his job and teach a new rider or volunteer
about life at Three Gaits.
Life: Snuffy was shown up to 2nd level dressage. He
was also used in 4-H by the Brown Family (Three Gaits'
know?: Snuffy used to drink orange soda after
shows. Snuffy is a spotless appaloosa. Snuffy has been at Three Gaits longer than any other
horse, cat, volunteer, and most of the staff