We would like you to meet the horses and ponies that make up Team Kande. We couldn’t function without the help of our four-legged friends and so feel its only just that they each get their own introduction! We hope that you enjoy getting to know them all just as much as we enjoy caring for them. So in no particular order (as they are all awesome! ) here goes…
Bo is our resident hottie. He came to Kande as a young stallion and quickly became the boss, and later father to our homebred youngster – Kwanza. A couple of years ago Bo retired to the quiet life of a gelding but still retains his title as the resident stud. He’s a cheeky chappy and makes for a great ride, loving nothing more than long canters through the forest and refreshing swims in the lake.
‘Pav the mango hunter’ as he’s also known, turns into a fallen mango’s biggest predator once the season starts! From November until January when the juicy fruits litter our path ways; Pav is a horse on a mission and there is little we can do to stop him reaching down and pinching one. Pav is a golden oldie of the team; he came originally from Zimbabwe where he started his career as a polo cross horse. He’s a great all-rounder and caters for all guests.
Meet the princess of the yard – Miss Kwanza. Kwanza was born 6 years ago and has been raised at Kande; daughter of our late mare Scoobs and ex-stallion Bo. The word ‘Kwanza’ means first in Swahili as she was Kande’s first homebred youngster. They don’t come much prettier than Kwanza and it was clear from day one that she was going to be a looker like her parents. She is a lovely ride – she does need confidence and guidance from her rider but as a result is beautifully responsive and has the smoothest of canters. As her confidence grows we have high hopes she’s going to go from strength to strength.
Glen is our golden boy – a brilliant all-rounder. He’s fab in the arena, loves to jump, will plod along with beginners and will race along with riders. Perhaps Glen’s only black mark is that he is the Kande trouble maker! As we continue to renovate the stables and surrounding fields with new wooden poles and bolts; Glen has worked out that the job is an ongoing process and thus several of the poles are very much removable when barged into or grabbed hold of and pul
Bam Bam, or ‘Bammers’ as he’s often known, is ace. For a pony that stands at just 14.2h he is surprisingly strong and bursting at the seams with energy! The little firecracker would canter to the moon and back if you let him and loves nothing more than a good wizz through the forest. He is great fun for a confident rider and his energy is infectious. He is primarily one of our lead horses, striding out at the front and leading the way to the beach.
Alfie is too cheeky for his own good – at just 5 years old he is a typical toddler. Always running around irritating the other horses or letting himself out his stable. That said, when you are on board, he is surprisingly level headed for a thoroughbred youngster! He will lead out, hold back and a part from the odd spook and grass grab, is impeccably well behaved. His schooling is coming along well and his paces are fab – we are having the best time watching him grow up and are very excited about what his future holds.
Boots and Toots
Age: 20, 22
Height: 14.1h, 14.1h
It would seem silly to introduce Boots and Toots individually as this pony duo is pretty much inseparable. These little ladies came from Lestho and are absolute sweethearts. They have escorted many children to the beach and are loved by nearly everyone who meets them. Toots is particularly spoilt rotten as she is our head groom – Orbert’s favourite and he often leads out rides with her.
Now it’s not to say that we don’t love Angel. We do. She is an awesome ride, never strong and will go at any speed you want her to. However, we do have a laugh that perhaps the name Angel is not so fitting once you’ve dismounted. A typical mare she can be a right little madam on the ground, often leading one of us to exclaim that she must have been named by someone with a very dry sense of humour! Secretly, I think we all quite like her attitude or ‘character’ as we tactfully call it – as it makes it all the more rewarding when you climb onboard and have a fantastic ride with her.