A to Z horses – Working Western with Windy

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“She is an all-around mare,” Johnson said, describing her seven-year-old purebred Arabian horse Windy.

Registered with the Arabian Horse Association as HRA Windstar (De Strikit Rich x Barons Class Act), Windy comes from the famous Bask Polish Arabian bloodlines.

She stands 14.2 hands high. Johnson acquired the lovely 2004 mare as a two year old and started her under saddle at her home farm, where she has six additional horses.

Johnson has described Windy as a sensitive horse and a calm and willing learner.

“Windy is a sweet horse and very smart,” the Minnesota equestrian explained. “She’s too smart, in fact. She’s the first one to figure out when the pasture fence isn’t hot, or if someone forgets to latch the gate. Fortunately, she just heads out to the front lawn to graze.”

“With her beautiful floating gaits, Windy is great at Western Dressage,” Johnson added. The black mare is schooling in Western Dressage, but she also does well with trail riding. And Johnson’s daughter Kaija has been practicing barrel racing with the mare.

Based in Maple Lake, Minnesota, Johnson is active with Midwest Western Dressage, a regional group of horseback riding enthusiasts in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Incorporated in 2010, Midwest Western Dressage offers clinics and special events in this emerging discipline.
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