Our Family of Boarders

Meet Our Family of Boarders

We encourage you to learn more about the wonderful horses enjoying their stay at Holly Farm (the ELS barn), and read stories from their special humans. At ELS we are a community of closely connected horse-loving humans that take care of each other. If you are interested in becoming an ELS Herd member, call for an appointment.

Robyn Smith & the ELS Herd!

For many years, I too was a boarder at many facilities looking for great care and a community of horse-loving individuals to hang with. Most facilities had some, but not all of the amenities or high quality of care I was looking for and few had a community of boarders that cared about each horse and other humans in the barn. Thus, in addition to riding lessons and horse training, Equine Life Solutions began horse boarding in 2008 at the Horse Haven property. We are now located at beautiful Holly Farm in north Bothell and have more room for horses to romp, play and otherwise, well, be a horse. So welcome to our wonderful stable of boarders, friends and clients that make up the bigger ELS community of horses and humans. Without which there is no ELS Herd!

Frankie & Mary

Since moving to Equine Life Solutions, I feel that both my horse and I have the best world possible for us in this area! We have the best trainer in Robyn Smith  who has helped us and continues to help us to have the best partnership. Equine Life Solutions has taken the time to get the best talent possible to make sure that Frankie is safe and happy with the best of care! We couldn’t be happier to count ourselves as one of the privileged to be able to have a great trainer and a great stable family to be a part of!





Kenya & Jaqui

Little did I know when I moved to the U.S. from South Africa a few years ago, and said I was going to get a house; a horse and big truck, that I would meet Robyn, change everything I knew and thought about riding, and that I would find Kenya. She’s a willful, expressive, extrovert of a Quarter Horse cross, who needed someone to take over her care. Robyn and I teamed up to help her deal with EPSM (Equine Polysaccharide Myopathy), ulcers and cystic ovaries. Because we learned to listen to her pain through natural horsemanship, she has gone from rearing, striking, biting and bucking to a sweet loving mare with a long life ahead of her. I named her Kenya when her ovaries were removed because Kenya was once a place of healing for me, and though Kenya was not an easy country to live in – the people are strong and happy. Kenya means the resting place of God, and I am happy that she has now found her peace.

Jizelle, Gem, & Jackie

As an ELS Boarder for 7+ years, I know Jizelle has the best possible care. The staff loves all the horses (and some humans too.-haha!) Robyn and her ELS staff keep a close eye on nutrition, general health and exploring, recommending and providing other care options such as chiropractor and massage therapy. As years go by for Gem and I, we cannot imagine our journey without ELS walking (or trotting) beside us.Thank you ELS Herd members!
Gem now spends her retirement years in a beautiful place in Goldbar with Safire, Robyn’s very special partner! She is happy to eat, drink and be merry running about the pastures all day!

Wiara, Holly, & Libby

I had always dreamt of playing with real horses. As a child, I had to pretend with Breyer horses and games of stagecoach with my sister. But when my daughter Maggie and son Charlie expressed interest in horses, I jumped at the opportunity and brought Holly, Wiara, Tea, and Sugar into our family – thanks to my fantastic husband who supports his family’s love of horses. My daughter and I have been practicing natural horsemanship with our herd of coaches for the past 10+ years. In my daughter’s words, “Mom, you are a much better parent now that horses are in your life.”

Sugar & Maggie

When Sugar and I moved to Equine Life Solutions, we were a wreck. Sugar was just recovering from her second broken leg and our relationship, tested by moves across the country, the physical trauma, and inconsistency, was more than a little shaky. We didn’t think she would ever fully recover from her injury, let alone her anger and stubbornness. ELS was a godsend for my mom and I, who were in over our heads. Robyn helped us with vets, medicine, diet, and everything else medical that came our way. Once we got our heads wrapped around that, we started in on the behavior and attitude difficulties. Sugar (and I) were treated firmly, fairly, and consistently as we worked through bucking, striking, and grass addictions. Slowly, as she healed, so did our relationship. Sugar’s not 100% sound, but she’s 200% better than we expected and is in better shape than she’s ever been. I play with her in the arena and she’s the perfect school horse candidate for lighter riders. She’s got personality to spare and when you get to know her, she can’t help but make you laugh. As a school horse, Sugar teaches students patience, persistence, and confidence, just like she did for me.

Henry & Margaret

“Henry Fjord” became mine on March 1, 2014. My dream of horse ownership finally came true and I could not be happier. Henry and I have a lot in common: we are both quiet and older citizens, we both love food, and we both like to move slow but can perk up if motivated. We’re a perfect team. He is also very patient with me while I’m learning to be his leader/partner. On the days I’m not at the barn I am relieved to know there is a whole crew of barn folks keeping an eye on him and taking good care of him (as well as all the other horses) and I’m also pleased to know that pretty much everyone who meets Henry loves him.

Roxie & Emily

I came to Equine Life Solutions as a true beginner. I hadn’t spent much time with horses, but I knew from an early age how much I wanted to take lessons, and wondered what it must be like to have a true partnership with horses.
After graduating from Washington State University, I came to ELS to begin learning to ride. The one lesson per week quickly advanced to two lessons every week, as well as extra days at the barn volunteering.
I began my journey into Parelli Natural Horsemanship with Roxie, working on a trusting and confident partnership. I first met Roxie during the early days of taking lessons when Roxie was assigned as my horse for that day’s lesson. I was drawn to her instantaneously. At first the dynamic between us was fearful and lacking confidence, but through the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program and Robyn’s guidance I was able to start gaining Roxie’s trust as a leader, and now we have quite a strong partnership. Two and a half years after our first ride together, I officially adopted Roxie in November 2014. I never imagined that when I called Robyn to set-up my first evaluation riding lesson that I would become part of the ELS Boarder Family, but I would make that call again in a heartbeat. In choosing ELS, I not only found a partner in Roxie, but community of kind and supportive friends.
Roxie and I look forward to conquering the Parelli Levels and continuing to grow our relationship on a daily basis.

Scout & Kathy

Hi my name is Scout and my owner name is Kathy. She has known me since I was born and owned me since I was 3yrs old. As of this writing, I am 21 yrs old, 15.2 hand Spotted Saddle horse who loves kids and loves being outdoors. My owner Kathy and I have done trail riding, dressage, novice 3 day eventing, barrel racing, jumping and equitation. We have done several horsemanship classes as well. We love meeting new people, animals and learning new things. I am an overachiever and a very sweet horse. Come by and meet us… and I will shake your hand for a treat, but don’t give me too many.

Karma & Cheryl

I bought Karma almost sight unseen. After reading her sales bio and watching her video, I asked Robyn for her opinion. Robyn grilled Karma’s trainer and ordered a vet exam. Based on that info, we had her shipped in from Eastern Washington.
Karma (aka Karamin’s Hot Cocoa) is a high-percentage foundation Morgan, with a bloodline tracing back to Beamington. Before I got her, she had won ribbons in Western, English and jumping competitions. She often reminds me that she is a far better horse than I am a rider. Luckily for me, she’s a confident mare who is quick to correct me but does not believe in punishment – she has never seriously tried to dump me. I’m taking as many lessons as I can in order to come up to her standards!

Raina & Sheryl

With lots of support and encouragement Sheryl’s husband Scott is helping Sheryl fulfill a lifetime dream of horse ownership. Together they welcome Raina into their family and look forward to many years of learning and growing together at ELS.

Coco & Natasha

I always knew I would own a POA one day. Ever since I had my first love, Sasha pony, I knew that POAs were the breed for me. I met Coco at the barn and worked with him for a year and a half before I dove in and he became my main riding horse. It didn’t take long to fall in love with him, and I knew I couldn’t let him go. I was just too attached. After a solid half a year of work with him I finally took the final step and took him as my very own. Cocopuffs officially adopted me as his mamma in September of 2016. He never fails to make me smile and he’s just the sweetest pony I have ever gotten the privilege to meet.

Maestro & Chrissie

Maestro is a charming extrovert who found his way into my life almost by accident. After losing my beloved first partner, Moose, I wasn’t sure what my future with horses was going to look like. My incredibly supportive husband assured me that there needed to be a horse in our life and Robyn suggested I consider Maestro. His youthful exuberance and energy are exactly what I needed at a point when it seemed like life was becoming dim. As fate would have it, he also has the same genetic condition that I learned so much about managing while working with Moose, PSSM. It is clear that life brought us together for a reason and I look forward to seeing what our journey will bring.


Sky & Julie

Like many folks at Equine Life Solutions, I had a lifetime dream of having a relationship with a horse. I met Sky five years ago when Sky, Tahoe (also a horse), and their person, an Equine-Facilitated-Learning Coach (EFLC) became my life-coaches. Sky helped me realize that I, too, wanted to do the work of an Equine Facilitated Coach so I spent 2 years training, and then with the support of my partner Steve, I was able to adopt Sky as my very own. Sky is now my brilliant coaching partner and helps people discover things about themselves, get in touch with their intuition, learn about and manage their energy. I am delighted to have found ELS, Robyn and her wonderful crew – they are the perfect caretakers and trainers for Sky and me.