Carlie came to us from a slaughter pen. She was very thin and fearful when she arrived. She is now in better body condition, and has been halter trained also.
JoJo came from the same slaughter pen as her friend Carlie. She is a coming two year old mare, and had been hanter trained here at our ranch.
Apache is a nice, quiet 4 year old gelding. He has been worked with on the ground, and has been saddled, and ridden just a few times. He has not offered to do anything naughty, at all, and seems to be a super willing guy.
Jelly Bean has been in our therapy pony program for several years now, and with the arrival of new minis this season who are in need of our time and attention, we have decided that it is time to allow Jelly Bean to find his forever home. He has given hundreds of kids rides, and has been a wonderful pony to take visiting at group homes and nursing homes. He has done birthday parties, and even spent part of the summer with my grandson. If you are able to provide Jelly Bean with a forever home, and kids or grand kids to fuss over him, perhaps he is the right pony for you ( :
Hanna is a 16 year old paint mare. She is very quiet, and we feel is suitable for kids and beginner riders. She is recovering from abcesses in her front feet, we are guessing due to poor nutrition. She is "toed in" on front, and therefore would not be suitable for heavy use such as gaming, but she will make a great trail horse. We did ride her just a bit, in a halter and bareback in out arena, but have tabled any further riding until her feet have healed. Joy, her foal is every bit a sweet as Hanna. She has been imprinted, and you can touch her anywhere and she loves it! She is inquisitive, and is more than happy to help with chores too. We would love to place these two together, however, would entertain offers for good homes separately as well.
Rambo is a 13 year old registered arabian gelding. He is quiet and willing, and very sweet! We are just beginning to use him for trail riding, so will keep you posted as to how well he handles the trails. He is a very stunning looking horse, and this photo does not do him justice! Come and meet him in person, please..
Greta is a 5 year old mini mare, and Cinders is her two year old mule baby. Both are very people friendly and LOVE attention. Greta is lead line trained for kids, and Cinders is started. We can place them separately if we have to, however it would be wonderful if we can find them a home where they can go together. Greta will also ride independently under saddle.
Charlie is a very well trained quarter horse mare. She does sliding stops, moves of leg cues, does spins, etc. We feel she may have been trained for reining work, and excels in the outdoor arena. We have also been taking her down the road and out on the trails two or three times a week. She was "buddy sour" at first, but has gotten past that with us now, although she may test a new rider to see if you are going to make her mind. Hannah, her rider say she thinks Charlie is going to be someone's "Dream Horse" given a chance. She absolutely loves her.
Ginger Louise is just under 15 hands, and approximately 7 years old. She is quiet and well trained, suitable for advanced beginners. Ginger Louise also has a coming two year old colt here for viewing, or adoption. He really is a very sweet colt as well.
Diamond is a well trained trail horse. He is gaited, and lots of fun to ride, but he will test his rider before he is ready to willingly go out. He likes to back up. Our solution is to continue backing him, well after he thinks he is done, and then back some more. When you finally ask him to move forward, he is generally ready, and once he has put you through the test he will readily ride out. He is not spooky, and has steps out nicely. He is approximately 14 years old.
Brutus is an aged gelding, (20 something). Our veterinarian thinks he could be a Percheron. He is very sweet, loves treats and being fussed over. He came to us with a group via a sheriff's seizure, and is now ours to find a home for. We have had his teeth taken care of, and he will need to be on a beet pulp and equine senior diet, as his teeth are not good enough to allow him to gain nutrition from hay very well. Even though he has a special needs diet, he will be well worth the extra care-- he is an awesome horse. We think he is trained to drive. We are riding him here. If you are a heavy weight rider looking for a nice trail gelding, perhaps this guy is for you.
Andy is a 4 to 5 year old grade paint gelding. He is approximately 14.2 hands tall, and has a friendly willing personality. We have yet to find out if he is started under saddle or not, but he says he is (smile). Andy came to us as a sheriff's seizure, and is now availble and waiting for a new home. As we learn more about him, we will update his information both here and on our Facebook page. You won'd find a cuter little gelding that this!
Butch is another pony ring pony. He is well behaved, quiet, and well traveled. He is very, very lead line safe, and we are also starting the kids with independent riding with him. We have used him for many pony ride events this season and he does great! He stands 36" tall and will make some kid a wonderful first pony.
Royal (shown here smooching Jordanne, our farrier) has come here from another rescue that has been innundated whith rescues. Royal was taken in as a sheriff's siezure in S.W. MN. He stands 14.3 hands tall, and is currently recovering from geld surgery. Royal has trust issues, especially with allowing the halter to be put on, but if you take the time to convince him that you will be fair with him, he is easy to handle. He is also very fearful of ropes and lunge whips. We are suspicious of some very unfair treatment in his former homes, but as you can see, he will be a very loving horse given kind treatment.
Update 2/12/13 TRAINER'S NOTES "I hope you enjoy the picture I snapped of Royal today. He is doing amazing! It took me a few minutes to catch him today, but once caught he was absolutely teriffic to work with! I took him to the round pen and lunged him a few times, then worked on giving to pressure in a rope halter. He is really soft in the face. Getting him to move his feet is another story. It takes extr a pressure to get him to move his feet over, so I will work on that. He took sacking out wit ha pad very well, so I threw a saddle on him and walked him in hand up and down the driveway. He was an absolute sweetheart. He is going to make someone an amazing horse! Once I get control of his feet, he should be ready to start under saddle shortly.
UDATE 2/23/13 Royal has now been ridden, and is moving out at a walk and trot very nicely.
UPDATE 9/15/13 Royal is now completely past his trust issues, and often comes up to us in the pasture asking for attention. He is trail safe, and has been out in group rides as well as down the road by himself. He is a confidant and willing gelding. He is very curious about "things" and will, rather than spook at an object, ask to examine it very closely. He shows signs of being a wonderful posse or trail horse. This guy is going to make someone a great family gelding.
This guy is halter trained, and ready to start under saddle. He is a quiet natured horse, and we are guessing will mature at around 14.2 hands tall. He has a sister here who is a nearly identical match to him if you are looking for a driving team. Trainer update 4/4/13 Burlington has had a handful of rides on him in the indoor pen and so far has proven himself to be an amazingly quiet gelding. He will make someone a really nice, steady trail horse. Trainer update 5/5/13 Burlington is proving us right, and seems to be ready for a rider with just a little experience. He is super quiet and very willing.
This cute little mare came in with the gelding listed above, she is also halter trained, and ready to start under saddle. Although she is a bit more cautious then her brother, she is very willing with a patient handler.
Mickey is well trained, and very honest with the exception of needing a little work on giving to the bit when asked to stop. We have had her out and down the trails and she was a nice ride. When I first started working with Mickey, she was quite rude, however, in less than 5 minutes in the round pen I had a very polite and willing horse. Her owner will need to have enough knowlege of horses to know how to command respect, or she will be an advantage taker. For this reason, we are seeking partner for Mickey that has some equine experience.
Zia is well trained under saddle, and a very fun horse to ride. She is competing in Limited Distance Endurance this year with a junior rider, and is doing very well. She is a very good camping buddy, and loves to go on camping trips and trail rides. She does have some heavy problems at times, but the more she is ridden, the better she gets. She will require a rider with some confidance as she can be forward at times, but she is honest, doesn't do any worse than pull to go faster and jig a bit. She readily loads and stands well for the farrier.
Sylvia is a very nice looking blue/red roan grade quarter horse mare. She is halter trained, but needs a bit of time to trust her handler. Her feet have been neglected, and because of it she has a turned out back foot, but she gets along just fine, and we are hopeful that with a regular trim schedule she will remain sound and be rideable. We have not yet started her training program.
Angel Cake is well trained for lead line and independent riding. She even neck reins. We have taken her to parades, pony rides in the park, and lots of other events. She is well traveled and very calm and quiet. She will make a tremendous first horse for a junior rider.
Mateo was adopted, and has been returned so he is once again available. Beforre he left the first time he had a good start on his training, had had several rides on him in the round pen and one down the road. We have not had time to evaluate where he is at currently, but will update as we find out.
UPDATE 5/25/13 Mateo is now doing a very fine job of trail riding. We will begin an endurance conditioning program on him very soon.
UPDATE 6/28/13 Mateo has begun conditioning for endurance. He will be making his debut at the Run for The Ridge Endurance Rides Sept. 21 and 22nd. We are very excited for him, and he very much loves his work!
Buck is a registered 5 year old paint. He is recently gelded, and has been started under saddle. His conformation is excellent, he is approximately 14.3 hands tall, and very well built. He tends to test the boundaries, so will need an experienced owner. We have him started under saddle at this time, and his training is progressing nicely.
Update 5/12/12 As Buck is settling into being a gelding he is actually becoming a nice, quiet , very well mannered horse. He still "talks" to the mares, but he is trailriding nicely in group situations. He has very little spook, and is going to be a dandy horse. He is sturdy enough for a heavy weight rider, and could do cattle work, trail riding, or pretty much any discipline. Every now and then we come across a horse our trainer deems "a money maker". It is our hope that this horse will help provide us with much needed $$ to purchase hay to care for all the rescues we expect to provide shelter for this coming winter. Buck is pretty much ready to go to any home with at least some horse experience. We are entertaining offers, while at the same time screening. If you think this is the right horse for you, please make us an offer and request an adoption application.
Update 9/15/13 Buck's potential adopter has decided that he is not the right horse for her. He is currently being ridden twice a week by one of our volunteer riders, and although he will occasionally test his rider, he is generally very willing, and is doing a great job of trail riding both in groups and out by himself.
This is big Joe. He is a 10 year old grade quarter horse gelding. In this photo he is helping us give a youngster a riding lesson. Joe is a gentle and willing teacher, as well as a fun trail horse. He is suitable for an advanced beginner, and is sound to ride. He does have a blind eye , but he has adapted and gets along just fine with it. This guy would be a super family horse.
Missy is halter trained, and loves treats. She is learning to stand well for the farrier, and is friendly with people. She has the potential to be a great horse with a patient, confident person to guide her.
Cinder was taken in from the Devils Lake area, along with 3 others. We have halter trained her and trimmed her feet and wormed her, and she is now ready for a new home.
FOSTER HOME UPDATE 5/14/13 Cinder has been in her foster home since Dec. 22nd. When she arrived she was shy with people, especially men, and she didn't like having her face touched, but we have been working on that daily. She is doing wonderfully. She will now curiously approach people and offer to "help". She is making great progress with halter training, and with a confidant person, will be a wonderful horse.
Tony is one of the horses we aquired from a sheriff's siezure in Ottertail County. He has had a tough life, but now things are looking up for him. He is very sweet, and well mannered. We would like to find Tony a loving home as a pasture pet or as a youth or small rider's mount to live out the rest of his days. Tony is trained to ride, but has a swayed back, and should not be asked to carry a heavy rider. He may do ok with a child or very petite adult. He will be very difficlut to fit a saddle to, may need a treeless saddle or a bareback pad. Might you be able to make room for Tony?
Shadow is very easy to catch and loves to be around people. He is now well trained for kids and driving.
Spencer is a 4 year old registered American Saddlebred gelding. He currently stands 16.3 hands tall, and he arrived here starving and full of parasites. We are working hard to get him back into condition, and, as you can see he still has a ways to go. He will most likely continue to fill out and possibly grow even bigger! He is very much a character, full of spunk, and best suited to an experienced handler. He has not been started under saddle, but we have done some ground work with him. Adoption fee is $700.
Spencer continues to make progress, both in his training program, as well as in his condition. He is now considered well trained for a rider with experience. He can spook at times, and he can be a bit full of himself.
Thank you Jessica for giving our Spencer a chance to shine!