Vista is a rare Newfoundland Pony that we bred out of Cricket and by Macosa born in 2002 here at Carousel Horse Farm. Her most noticeable asset is her variety of colors that change seasonally which she inherited from her sire. In her breed registry she is considered a radical changer, going from black almost like her mom, to an almost white color in spring and then a light grey in summer with black mane and tail, legs and face. In most breeds and scientifically she is a blue roan, with predominantly black hairs interspersed with grey.
Vista is 14 hands tall and is the chosen mount for all of our young riders on our beginner rides. She often does pony rides and beginner lessons as well as her trail ride duties here at the farm. In the herd she is the boss mare and has to approve of all new horses in the pasture. She still lives with her mom, Cricket and they get along well. Most of the time Vista follows her mom on all the trail rides.
She has not participated in off-farm projects like many of our horses because she does not drive in harness and she works hard here at the farm. She has done many beach rides and some parades. Now that sleigh rides are starting we hope to train her to drive one day, maybe as a pair with her mom.
She is one of the few remaining Newfoundland Ponies in the world. With less than 350 accounted for she is a rarity in breed and color. Feel free to read more about the Newfoundland Pony at this link. Her sister True Blue Dream, was also one of our mounts for many years. Because of her small stature we did not use her as much as we should and last year we made the decision to give her to the Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary in New Hampshire for preservation and education.
Vista has a penchant for escape. In this photo she has found her way into the deepest spring mud in our pond where no other horse will go and grazes with her head almost level with her body! As a young foal she would not leave her corral that she was born in. But as an adult she will challenge any downed fence, questionable spacing of lines or the smallest opening in a gate. So keep the gates locked and throw away the key or you may find Vista on your lawn at home!