Meet the Mares

Gracie Gracie, Scarlet’s little sister, was born on September 20, 2002. A Tennessee Walker, she is ultra-responsive to her rider and loves to please. For Star Trek: Next Generation fans, let’s just say that Gracie is the Deanna Troi of Giant Steps, an empath by nature, able to intuit her rider’s emotional as well as physical state. Instructors can look at Gracie and tell what the rider feels. She stands 15.2 hands and is a perfect height for sidewalkers and riders alike. Like Scarlet, Gracie was bred specifically for the work at Giant Steps. Gracie teaches calm.

Katydid Katydid, a genteel lady, is also a Tennessee Walker. In 2010, she was awarded the Region 11 PATH horse of the year. Any rider would feel at ease with Katydid. She is sweet, well adjusted and understanding. She likes to walk fast, and she will match her sidewalker, step for step. One of Katydid’s favorite riders is a woman in her 80’s. Katydid is a patient, willing teacher for those who are learning the fine art of grooming horses. Katydid teaches body awareness and quietness.

Scarlet Scarlet, the Grande Dame and lead mare at Giant Steps, is a Tennessee Walker. She’s a “type A” personality who loves to be in charge. She’s the official greeter whenever someone enters the barn. It’s no accident that she’s in the first stall. She will even chastise you if you greet another horse first. Scarlet is a born leader. Mares and geldings follow her firm direction, and she even tries to direct people if given the chance. But Scarlet is a benevolent leader and she carefully protects her rider as one of her own. Scarlet teaches confidence.