The Team - Horses

Bella is a 8yr old 15h1 piebald cob, who’s been with us at the Peep Out since she was 3. Her great grandfather was an Irish hunting horse and they mixed in a bit of Thoroughbred for hybrid vigour.

She is a very comfy bareback ride and is one of our lead swimming horses putting in more swims than any other horse last season.Well done Bella. She is wonderfully smooth when swimming as she swims like a hippo with only her nostrils and ears showing, but moves like a torpedo when trotting in the sea.   

But Bells is most renowned on the yard for her glamorous flowing mane, that could give Rapunzal a run for her money. 

Chasca is an 8yr old 14h2 grey gelding. His mother was an Irish cob and the sire an American Paint horse.

His name means ‘first born son’ in Sioux. Chas came to the Peep Out 3yrs ago and is one of the core team of swimming horses and an amazing allrounder. He rises to the challenges of experienced riders but is also a real confidence giver for those 'Back in the Saddle' riders. He has also been great with our younger and less able riders this season.

 Chasca is also a great favourite on the beach, moonlight and moorland rides. He has a very short stride which means you have to enjoy the trot when riding out on him with Gino and Chip. Check out his pictures in the swimming horse gallery, he's a bit of a star.

Chas lives with the main herd and has more than won his stripes as a lovely forward going Peep Out pony.

Chip is a 15hh Dales pony. He is 16 years old and has lived at the Peep Out for over 10years. He is our veteran Swimmer and loves every minute of it, pulling a face as he swims that makes him look like he’s smiling. He’s the horse we regularly take down on training swims as the lead horse as he is always so relaxed and confident in the water.

He is also an amazing driving horse and has done many weddings, funerals and other events and even pulled a keg of rum through Falmouth.

Chip is so steady in the carriage, but a really forward going hack. He loves to lead a ride and when he gets his stomp on we all have to keep up.

Gino was born and bred at The Peep Out. The sire was a thoroughbred from Shaab called George and the dam was a beautiful, strong gypsy cob called Reno, hence his name Gino.

He’s now 11 years old and has got the fastest walk and trot in the yard. He’s 16h1h, lean and fit and if you don’t feel like a Disney Princess when trotting thru the sea towards St. Michael’s Mount on Gino, it’s never going to happen.

He works a lot with Chris when training youngsters out on the road. His stoic, calm manner reassures even the flightiest ones.

He also drives and is handy round the yard with logging. But Big G’s forte is ‘Riding for Riders’ where he is the fast favourite and an absolute delight on  'Hellcat' beach rides.

Ju-Ju is a 6 year old 14h2 piebald cob, bred by our friend Liz from Joseph, a show Gypsy cob and a rescue mare.

She’s a very sweet, bold, strong mare and this is her second season at the Peep Out.

Ju-Ju is a great little swimmer and works very well with our happy hackers on experienced and confidence building hacks. She has also proved herself as a very speedy beach ride. She’s started chain harrowing and Chris is also looking to train her up to work as a driving horse to pair up with Chip or James. Her schooling will be brought up to speed through the winter as she is still very young and will benefit from some basic school work. 

Ju-Ju is currently lead mare in the herd of five.

After being on loan with the Peep Out gang for the season, Nowell has earned his stripes and has finally become a permanent resident.

He’s an Appaloosa x Andalusian. At 6yrs old and 16hh, Nowell is a very stunning spotted roan gelding. He’s a terrific ride in our ‘Riding for Riders’ team, and is a regular on our moonlit beach rides. He is also working well in the Western rides and is cutting his teeth now as a lead training horse for youngsters.

He is head of his herd in the far field.

Tayoha Paloosa is a 13yr old Appaloosa, bred at Penhalwyn stables in St Ives, known to all as Tayo.

Tayo is currently lead mare in the herd of 4. Progress has been slow, as she had a serious cut to her fetlock last spring. It was touch and go but we are delighted to say she is back on track and ready for work once more.  She is so comfortable in bareback and we are enjoying riding her out like this. She took her first dips in the sea at the end of last season and seemed to enjoy it, so we hoping she will be ready for mid season this year. Where Gino goes, she tends to follow, so here's hoping she will join the swim team soon.