We train a few horses each year as we take our clients on rides. Also we retire a few of our dude string before they get too old to make sure they have a good later life and many productive years for their new owners.
Cossack – 16 year old – Bay – Gelding – 15 hands
Cossack is a sweet boy that has been used all around the ranch. He has went on long trail rides into the wilderness over downed timber, through bogs and up steep inclines. He has been hobbled and isn’t barn spoiled. We have also used him in the dude string and he is just an easy going fellow that will do pretty much anything. He doesn’t care if you use a rope off of him, put ten children on him or bring him in the house to have coffee. Super Gentle
Libby – 16 year old – Palomino Gelding – 16 hands
Libby is a spirited gelding with a lot of energy. He has never been used as a dude horse, he was a wrangler’s horse. In other words he isn’t spoiled in a lot of ways dude horses are. His mouth and sides are soft and he responds with the lightest touch. He has been used in the mountains and can navigate difficult terrain with ease. He willingly crosses water, bogs and downed timber. He is a trouper and good for anyone who knows a bit about horses. We are not selling him as novice horse. Not that he bucks or bolts! But he does like to go and is alert, he isn’t the sort or horse you would drop your reins and put your slicker on. If you don’t understand that example he isn’t the horse for you. If you understand then you will get along splendidly with Libby. He has very smooth movement a trot that is easy to sit and a canter you can take a nap on. He neck reins, backs up willingly and side passes for gate shutting.
Part’ner – 16 year Old – Sorrel – Gelding – 14 hands
Part’ner was born on the ranch to a beautiful grey mare who we had also had since birth. His father messed up all the genetics I am afraid and poor partner turned out a boring sorrel color and small! But he doesn’t know it. He thinks he is the most beautiful and not only does he think he is big, he has all the other horses convinced as well! He is one of the leaders of the herd and nobody picks on little Pard’ner! But once saddled he is as gentle as a dog. He has given rides to beginners from age 1 to 94! No I am not joking! He had a 94 year old lady ride him! He is a very trust worthy fellow and has already experienced pretty much everything, nothing bothers him anymore except running out of treats. He doesn’t buck, rare or bite but as with all ponies he has a bit of an attitude. If kids get on him and handle him rough he will immediately loose 50 IQ points and revert to kindergarten. If you handle him gentle but firm he is a dandy and will do anything you want. Being lazy by nature he prefers little kids, he ponies well behind other horses and would make a great horse for someone that has a child just starting out.
Apache – 5 year old – Roan – Mare – 13.2 Hands
Apache is the New Kid on the block. She just entered the dude string last year. While she it a little bitty thing she is mighty in spirit! She is eager to please and loves to get things done! She is a real sweetie and loves to beg for treats and scratches. She isn’t lazy and loves to trot, lope and jump over small obstacles. Pretty much nothing scares her; last year she went on a trip into the mountains, she was packed down with camping gear of all sorts, sounds and shapes. She crosses water and never gets tired! She also likes for you to ride bareback.
Nevisca – 5 year old- Appaloosa – Gelding – 14 Hand
Navisca is a darling! A sweet, lazy, gluttonous, darling. He is so laid back you might even call him dopey. But you would only do so with the most charmed feeling. He just doesn’t want to displease anyone and he has learned that if you just do everything super carefully then everyone is happy with you. If he trusts his rider he can get out of granny gear to go do things. He has a nice rocking horse lope and is as surefooted as folks claim mules are! You never have to worry about catching him because if you are outside he probably already has his nose between your shoulders looking for handouts.
Sarsaparilla – 5 year old – Bay – Mare – 14 Hands
Sarsaparilla! For those of you who do not know Sarsaparilla is an old cowboy soda drink, its kind of sweet, kind of tangy and has some bubble that tickle your nose. Sarsy (as we fondly call her) is a lot like the ol’ soda pop. She is of mustang origins and hasn’t got a ounce of quit in her. She went on a 30 mile long ride carring a grown man and all his camping gear and she hardly broke a sweat! But really she would prefer to plod around the ranch like a lazy old nag.
Buckshot – 5 year old – Sorrel – Gelding- 14 hands
Buckshot is a top notch cowhand! Ok not really, he hasn’t ever worked cows but he is top notch! He is a very careful horse. He tries to think everything out. If you give him a minute to think about it he will pretty much do anything, go in the house, climb up hills with slippery footing, load on flatbed trailers or whatever it is you come up with. He is good with his feet and there is no trouble shoeing him. He has been taught to be a little on the lazy side because we figured with his size he will more than apt be a kids horse. He likes to follow the other horses but will go away and do what he is asked. He neck reins pretty well and has a darling little trot that is pretty comfortable to sit even for those that do not know how to ride well.
Sakr’ – 12 year old – Grey – Gelding – 14.2 Hands
Sakr’ (pronounced Sack-are) is a pest. There is no other word for it. If you go out to get another horse, it will be his nose in your halter. If you go to push a wheelbarrow he is the one standing in front. If you forget the grain in the back of the truck, he will find it. He has something of a cat’s personality, the big fat kind of cat, that thinks people were created for him. Sakr’ is pretty sure humans were created to feed, brush and exercise him. And just like the big fat cat, for some reason people are attracted to doing just that for him! He has such a friendly demeanor that people are attracted to him like bees to honey. He is a real honest to goodness wild mustang! Well, he was wild when we got him from the BLM. He was a year old then and the wild is all gone now. But not the nobility, when we run them in off the range he holds his head high and proud in true mustang spirit. We have used him as a general ranch horse and there is very little he hasn’t seen or done. He is a stout, dependable fellow that wont let you down.
Luke – 13 year old – Dark Bay – Gelding – 14 hands
Luke is a beautiful horse! His proportions are just lovely. Being a BLM mustang he has that long flowing mane and tail and he doesn’t know what it is to get tired. He has been on mountain trips, crossed water, bogs, downed timber and climbed steep embankments. You will not believe how surefooted he is, its really incredible. We have used him as a wrangler horse around the ranch for years. He is a little more on the alert side so we have not used him for dude rides. He is comfortable with saddle bags and is easy to saddle and bridle. He is a super easy keeper and can pretty much stay fat on dust and weeds! Even though he is on the smaller side he can handle and adult male with ease. He would make someone a dandy mountain horse and you won’t have to worry about ducking trees much! Haha
Muskrat – 5 year old – Bay – Mare -14.2 Hands
Muskrat, I know the name just isn’t right. But there is a story to it! We rescued her when she was only a few weeks old. She had been sold to the killers and hadn’t had mamma’s milk in days and days. She looked awful and we just couldn’t leave her. After we got her she succumbed to a lung infection and we were afraid she would die. But by God’s grace and with a lot of nursing she has now grown into a pretty snazzy looking lady. I shouldn’t call her a lady though, she has attitude! She must be partly Arabian and has that baby doll face and nice smooth gates. Her long lovely legs stride across the ground like a dancer, graceful and sure. She needs a little finish training but is well started. Easy to catch, groom, saddle and bridle. She mostly neck reins and loves people.
Strawberry – 18 Year Old – Strawberry Roan – Mare – 14.2 Hands.
Strawberry is another of our rescue projects (RV is a softy) She was a skinny old brood mare that no body wanted and was on her way to Old Roy when he rescued her. He ground gentled her and now she saddles easily and is a good pack horse and rides well if you know what you are doing but she isn’t going to like it if you start acting like a dork on her back and waving your hat around etc. She trusts people much more on the ground and even knows a trick. My dad taught her that if you sit down near her she will knock your hat off to get a treat. : ) Honestly I am not sure about RV sometimes!