Pippo was an extremely well trained western horse, a particularly experienced trekking horse and could be mounted by adults as well as children. His very smooth gait and so easy to control made him suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.Pippo is very playful and needs constant mental stimulation, hence he has by now a rather large selection of his own toys, which he has taught Zazu to use as well. His absolute favourite is a strong green sack filled with plastic bottles. It makes a wonderful noise and when finally Zazu gets involved in the game – the sack just gets torn to pieces. Great Fun!
Pippo is an appaloosa and was born in 1998. He is bay-coloured with a blanket of white spots over loin and hips and has a star and 3 white socks. For news of his arrival at Villa Stabbia - click here
So when arriving here he was re-trained for dressage and today he is the most versatile horse. A very experienced and reliable trekking horse, loves jumping, good for western and does dressage as well.
He is not too keen on playing the “push-button” pony for kids, but does it for a while when asked nicely.He is by nature very serene, gentle and LOVES a good cuddle.
Being so open and accepting everybody new, he is the horse that welcomes every newcomer to the group. Zazu showed Zurina around the place and spent many months by her side when she first arrived, then looked after Pioggia. He was totally open mouthed over the beauty of Barizja and even spent many hours cuddling with Lisa. Ghibli was given a hug and some food was shared with Spiky.
However no other horse has caught his heart as Paquita - he was the only male to be allowed near Paquita by her mum when she was just born and has been the perfect uncle for her ever since.
Zazu is an anglo-arab and was born in 1999. He is dark bay-coloured with only one marking, a white star. For news of his arrival at Villa Stabbia - click here
With the intent to be used for mainly children, but still strong enough to carry an adult, she quickly showed us that the children part would have to wait for a while, as she had just too much energy. On treks she will be in front rushing ahead or right behind the guide-horse, constantly pushing him/her to go faster; though today she has slowed down considerably and has become the perfect horse for children as well as adults.Her training from Spain was rather basic and there are various hints that might suggest that she was mainly used for pulling carts. It was also obvious that she had never been on treks in a terrain like Tuscany, however she learned quickly.
She is the leading female of the group and keeps the others under control plus constant supervision. Recently however she has had some problems with the younger mares in the group; Barizja wants to take over the leader role, but does not like the responsibility. Lisa it trying by showing her strength, but lacks experience. However together with her right "hand" in the group, Pioggia, she is still in control, which is apparent when decisions have to be made. Plus Pippo only takes orders from her.
Zurina is a PRE and was born in 1998. She is flea-bitten light-grey (grey with tiny spots of black, brown or red hair), with a dark grey/black mane and tail. For news of her arrival at Villa Stabbia - click here
When she came to Villa Stabbia, she was extremely skinny and her hooves shoved that she had been malnourished for at least 6 months - if not more. In addition she has scars showing bad treatment.It took Pioggia a couple of weeks to realise that she was going to stay here at Villa Stabbia - but then she bloomed – and became our lovely playful and happy teenager. Miss Ever-Happy.
Due to her previous work, Pioggia is well schooled for dressage, but loves a good long trek. Especially if it involves some speeeed! Though it is not her favourite, she has a really good technique in jumping. Pioggia gave birth to Paquita the 11th of July 2013 - her first foal, and also the first foal born here at Villa Stabbia.
Pioggia is a PRE and was born in 1999. She is dapple-grey. As she gets older, Pioggia will most likely turn white. For news of her arrival at Villa Stabbia - click here
She was first introduced to western, however only on a base level. During the summer of 2011 she was re-trained for dressage and can perform this at a much higher level. In 2012 she started jumping lessons - and as it turned out it is by far her favourite of all the disciplines.
Barizja has an un-obtainable dream – she wishes she was a miniature horse. This way she could rest in our arms and get lots of cuddles all day. Weighing towards 600 kg this will always just remain a dream - but she still tries. No other horse loves cuddles as much as her – well maybe Lisa … and Zazu … and Paquita … and ….She quickly formed a strong friendship with Zazu, who still remains one of her most trusted friends. Of the mares, she prefer to spend time with Lisa, and should Lisa be in one of her playful moods, Barizja will most definitely join her.
Barizja is a Polish Warm blood and was born in June 2005. She is almost equally coloured dark brown and white with a long white broad blaze. For news of her arrival at Villa Stabbia - click here
Lisa spent 2 years as a therapeutic horse at Dynamo Camp near
Pistoia - the first summer camp in Italy to be structured
specifically for children with serious or chronic illnesses who are
currently in therapy or in post-hospitalization convalescence.
Hence she is wonderful with children and seeks their company (and cuddles) at every opportunity.
Lisa is pretty easy going when in the group. She goes along with all the other horses and although her friendship with Barizja is stronger, she often spends time with Pioggia, Zazu and even Zurina.
Her obsession is however food. She eats everything. Eatable or not - down it goes. Which is why nobody leaves anything unattended within her reach - as she will start chewing away. Like she did with several pairs of reins, a saddle, girths, jackets, whips, brushes, sponges ........
Lisa is a Haflinger and was born in April 2005. She is palomino coloured with a thin white blaze. For news of her arrival at Villa Stabbia - click here
Ghibli is a Pura Raza Española, born on the 8th of April 2009 in Cortona, Arezzo - Tuscany. He is rather tall for his breed, 166 cm when he came in October 2013, 170 cm in February 2014, and still growing. His mum was part of a group of PRE horses imported from Spain, where the intention was to start a breeding program of horses for mainly shows. However after a year or two - the idea was abandoned and the horses were more or less forgotten. Until they were all sold off - lucky for us. Gibli's real name is L Uno M Silver - but Ghibli fits him so much better.Ghibli is one big warm heart, kind and calm is the best way to describe him. His true soul-mate is Spiky. They arrived together and have been inseparable since.
Ghibli was born in 2009 and is dark greyish brown. As he grows older, he will slowly become more and more grey, which has started on his face already. For news of his arrival at Villa Stabbia - click here
Spiky had just arrived in Italy from Holland, where he was born. His full name is Spiky van Pippi's Farm. Spiky's mum is appaloos and his father - well very pretty according to his mum as Spiky was not planned. His dad is a Dutch Warmblood though.
Spiky was born April the 26th 2009 and at birth palomino coloured. With time he has become a palomino leopard appaloosa colour; whitish with palomino spots all over.
For news of his arrival at Villa Stabbia - click here
Not surprisingly, Paquita is very spoiled and accustomed to be handled and cuddled. Actually she seems to think it is our duty to spend most of the day just telling her how pretty she is and scratch her all over.She spends most days out in the field, getting used to the hilly terrain and just enjoying life.
The trust that Pioggia placed in Zazu was however a surprise. He fell totally in love with Paquita the very moment he saw her, and has since spent many hours grazing by her side or running up and down the hills with her just having great fun.
Paquita di Villa Stabbia was born on the 11th of July 2013, 30 min before midnight. She was brownish at birth with a white star. Later she turned dark grey, but will most likely become dapple gray like her mother. For news of her birth at Villa Stabbia - click here
Wince Ro or just Wince arrived in December 2013. A very young Haflinger from 2011 with so much to learn. Though young, he has a strong character and does not happily concede to the older horses, but being full of energy - Wince is constantly looking for someone to play with. Luckily he shares the paddock with Impe.
Giana is a Brandenburger mare from 1995. Giana was for many years a broodmare before being used for mainly treks and some jumping. Being 175 cm tall, she is the tallest of all the horses, besides being the oldest. Giana's strong mother instinct means she is the perfect "grandmother" for Impe and Wince. Tolerant yet always in control. Giana is an extremely sweet, calm and gently horse, that goes along with every horse in the group.
Asso is a Murgese gelding from 2007 and the last private horse to move in.Asso has spent most of his time doing dressage and treks - so a perfect match. He was a bit hesitant at first to meet all these new horses, but has settled in and divides his time between his love for Giana and playing with Impe and Wince
Nabiria was only three years old when she came to Villa Stabbia in January 2005, but being a Maremmana mare, ever so strong willed.
Dukakis was already an elder gentleman, when he arrived here at Villa Stabbia in October 2006. He had a strong but ever so sweet and gentle character and managed to stand his ground against the others in the group, despite being quite a bit shorter and slight in build.