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MAY 2017

We're so pleased that it's May...not only because these April showers will be ending, but also because it means that we can celebrate our new Horse of the Month, the fabulous Emma!

Emma began her career at Three Gaits in 2007, and was donated to Three Gaits in 2009--and we can't thank the Stratka Family enough for sharing Emma with Three Gaits. While all of our program horses are special in different ways, Emma is one of our most beloved.

When she first arrived, we weren't certain that this sensitive middle-aged thoroughbred mare was going to work. Yet it's this sensitivity that we've come to appreciate and understand makes her an excellent partner for our riders. Emma seems to understand when to respond to a subtle cue from a weak or unbalanced rider, and when to ignore a stray, unintentional bump. She's been so important to Three Gaits' program--her versatility is endless. When Three Gaits first began offering instructor workshops and certifications for PATH International, Emma was a go-to mount for instructor certification candidates to do their certification patterns/tests. She taught many riders to canter for the first time, yet could also walk quietly for a frightened rider who simply needed confidence. She's an important part of our therapy program as well.

Yet it's not just her training, or her movement, or her personality that makes her special. It's truly the combination of all of these factors that makes her such a favorite with our riders, families, volunteers and staff. When you look at this beautiful girl, you just know that her kindness comes from deep within.

As Emma has aged (she's now 24), her role at Three Gaits has changed a bit. While we don't utilize her for her canter skills anymore, that doesn't mean she's standing around. Emma is now more likely to be found in a class with riders learning to be independent at the walk for the first time, or carrying some of our smaller and younger riders rather than adults. And she's still adding much joy to our lives--teaching us all how to handle those little bumps in life that just need to be ignored.

Emma's Sponsor

Special thanks to the Madison South Rotary Foundation for their many years of sponsorship of Emma. Your generosity allows us to provide the best possible care to Emma during her time at Three Gaits.

Want to Get Emma a Gift?

Emma is looking for:

  • Fly spray- from any online vet store or your local Farm and Fleet
  • Smart Flex Senior Pellets from SmartPak


Prior Horses of the Month:


Three Gaits, Inc.     Therapeutic Horsemanship Center
(608) 877-9086     3gaits@3gaits.org
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 153     Oregon, WI  53575
Physical Address (No Mail):  3741 Hwy 138 W     Stoughton, WI  53589


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