Serita is the newest horse to join the herd on August 9, 2020. She came to us as a 6-month-old filly. She looks forward to rides under the Western saddle and is learning to understand the rein cues. Her training sessions focus on moving away from pressure and regulating her speed. She is consistently more comfortable with loud noises and movement above her head with a future goal of carrying a flag!
Soot joined the herd on July 20, 2019. He is a mix of several breeds, Brabant and Percheron (2 draft breeds), and Drum horse. Soot is definitely the tallest horse in the barn at over 17 hands. He continues to learn bridle cues and will soon be joining the lessons program. He also enjoys pulling, with the ultimate goal of wagon rides!
Shine joined the herd on October 1, 2016. He was just 6 months old when we started training him. To date, Shine has been ridden English, Western, and bareback as well as logging many groundwork sessions. He has enjoyed assisting with lessons for the past year, and continues to grow in that area. He is good with beginners and intermediates alike!
Draft horses were originally bred for pulling and carrying heavy loads. Since these horses grow so much larger than standard saddle horses, the bones must thicken up before the horse is strong enough to be ridden.
The Brabant, or Belgian draft, originated from the Brabant region of Belgian and weigh in at around 2,000 lbs.
The Percheron draft originated in the Perche province of western France and weigh in anywhere from 1,100 lbs to 2,600 lbs.
The Drum horse is a modern American breed of heavy horse of draft type, known to carry the kettle-drummer with large silver kettle-drums.
The American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the United States. This breed is well-suited for intricate and quick maneuvers, such as working with cows, as well as driving and jumping.
The Thoroughbred is best known in horse racing and for their slim and athletic look. This also makes them good for jumping, dressage, and polo.
Another horse from the race track, Charmer joined us at 5 years old. He is a Thoroughbred. We experienced additional challenges because he was a few years older and more "set in his ways." After training with us for 6 years, he moved on and last we heard was being enjoyed as an easygoing trail horse.
Seyvilla became the start of SS Ranch 77 training. She came from the race track at 2 1/2 years old where she logged several trips around the track. Many hours were spent refocusing her energy.
She enjoyed barrels, pole bending, and trail rides, but we know her best as Our Arabian Cow Horse. See the YouTube video below.