Our horses

The faithful companions of Gut Enghagen

Horses have always been a huge part of our life here at Gut Enghagen. We consider ourselves lucky to be able to combine our love for horses with our work. Maybe you as well will establish a connection to these beautiful animals during your stay and take them to your heart.

FILLY

FILLY

I am a beautiful Austrian warmblood mare, spirited, sweet-natured, and a bit shy. My riders usually are the senior boss or Barbara. During the rides, I lead the way and show you the paths. This I like better and better each time, since in my younger years, before I came to Gut Enghagen, I was ridden excusively in a dressage arena. Barbara keeps saying: “Sometimes, you see ghosts, Filly!” ;) If you choose me as your foster horse, I might need some time to get to know you, but by then I will definitely enjoy the nursing units.

RIO

RIO

I am the oldest gentleman in the stable, a Hungarian warmblood, and have been living at Gut Enghagen since I got here in 2006. I got my name from Barbara who went to Rio de Janeiro the same year. Until 2017, I was the only horse participating in every 3-day ride through our beautiful Kalkalpen National Park—of course, I’m especially proud of that! I would describe myself as unflappable and the epitome of calmness, so sometimes I am allowed to take the lead during a ride if FILLY runs out of courage, and I can show her how to do it. On those occasions, I sometimes surprise the riders, because at the riding arena, I am usually the leisurely, unhurried type. But during the final gallop, I'll show you the speed I’m capable of!

JOSEF

JOSEF

Some call me the “Pipi Longstocking Horse”, but my actual name is JOSEF. Born in 2012 as an Austrian Noriker horse of the Leopard type, I belong to a protected horse breed. I was broken in here at Gut Enghagen, and in the beginning I used to be a little rascal. ;) Meanwhile, my riders are children as well as adults. Whether on the lunge, at the riding arena or on the rides, I am pretty much always on board. I am much sought-after as foster horse, because there is always enough to do and clean all around me. I’m a real connoisseur and would be purring during a good cleansing massage if I could! I'm hungry most of the time, so just bring me a carrot any time you visit me! :)

TONI

TONI

I’ve been here at Gut Enghagen since 2017, and belong to the Huzulen, a protected Austrian horse breed. I am our riding instructor Madeleine’s favourite. I like to have it my way, love to be rewarded with little treats and still am a bit restless. Children and adults like to take rides with me on the lunge, at the riding arena or hiking outdoors. My soft gait is often especially praised.

SOPHAL

SOPHAL

I'm the second mare at the stable and was born here on Gut Enghagen. My mother, Haflinger mare STELLA, gave birth to two foals here, and my dad was a proud thoroughbred stallion from whom I probably got my diligence and temperament. Unfortunately both have died already. Together with my little brother PRINZ, I inhabit a big box. I am ridden by experienced riders on the riding ground or on horseback rides.

PRINZ

PRINZ

I am SOPHAL’s little brother and was born in 2006 in the paddock. Unfortunately, I never met my dad and I hardly remember my mom, so my sister is very important to me. By now, I can take longer turns on the lunge, which I greatly enjoy, and participate in sessions at the riding ground or in rides through the surroundings. I can’t handle heavily built riders because they hurt my back. Usually I am diligent and motivated, and I like travelling with my bigger sister best!

LUCKY

LUCKY

My name is LUCKY because I was lucky not to be slaughtered! The family saved me from the butcher, and ever since, I am happy to live here. I came here as a foal, and by now I’m a grandpa here in the stable. I rarely go on horseback rides, but you often see me at the riding arena and at pedagogical riding lessons. Due to my advanced age, I am the epitome of calmness and can help the young riders with losing their fear and offering a very safe ride. Kids especially like my swinging gait. By now, I find the way to the Horses’ McDonald’s or the apple tree by myself. :) I hope on staying fit for a long time and am looking forward to welcoming you here at Gut Enghagen!

JACK

JACK

I am an Icelandic-Shetty mix and was born in the old stable back in 2005. My mom JENNY lived here too, but has already moved. Many girls find me "so cute" and sometimes braid my great mane so that I look like a girl! Me and my old box co-inhabitant LUCKY are really smart; they hat to extra secure the box lest we broke out and went our ways. I can even do a few circus moves, for example picking up a hula hoop and placing it around my neck, or sitting next to you sharing popcorn. I’m mostly staying at the riding arena or am away on rides. I’m always grateful for some apples or carrots :)

SCHOKO

SCHOKO

I'm the second Huzulen gelding here at the stables, and have been living here, on Gut Enghagen, since 2016. My name is SCHOKO, which means “chocolate”, because I am of a very beautiful chocolate brown colour. I like quiet riders and horse friends, and children and adult riders alike. I always try to do everything correctly, hence I pay a lot of attention to my rider’s requests. I don’t like water all that much, so whenever we take a trip to the stream, I rather stay at the edge. Most of the time, I'm at the riding ground or on horseback rides. On rides out into the grounds, lots of first time outdoor riders feel safe because I don’t always need to be ahead of everyone else.

BILLY

BILLY

I am BILLY, our stables’ resident wild mini pony stallion, and was born here on Gut Enghagen. Initially, one could carry me like a baby, but now I’m too heavy for that. I don’t get ridden because I’m too tiny for that, but I’m even better at performing circus lessions. :) Spanish Step, sitting down, handing over a bunch of flowers … On the paddock, I always have to check that everything is in order, especially looking after my beloved FILLY! I share a box with my friend CHARLY, and we’re both the perfect size for toddlers!

CHARLY

CHARLY

I was born here at Gut Enghagen as a black horse foal, but by now, I’ve turned almost as white as snow. My mother is a mini pony and my dad is a Shetty, so I’m a mix. I am the youngest horse here in the stable and kids up to the age of 6 can take rides on my back when their parents guide me. Sometimes I participate in family hikes and carry tired children in turns. At the paddock, I love playing with my good friend JACK, and when the grass gets too short for me, I just slip beneath the fence and go out looking for more snacks!

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