Soot is the newest horse to join the herd on July 20, 2019. He is a mix of several breeds, Brabant and Percheron (2 draft breeds), Gypsy Vanner, and Quarter horse.
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. Soot is already the tallest horse in the barn at over 16 hands, but it will be another year and a half before he can be ridden.
Shine joined the herd October 1, 2016 from Riverside, CA. He was just 6 months old when we started training him. A positive foundation of groundwork included a thorough "sacking out" to help him understand he was safe whether he felt like it or not.
At 2 years old, Shine already welcomed the floppy pad and heavy Western saddle, making the next step of learning all the same cues from the saddle that much easier.
To date, Shine has been ridden over 500 times, English and Western, as well as logging many more groundwork sessions. He has been introduced to cattle, ropes, large flags, balls, barrels, and many "scary" dogs.
Shine continues to become more consistent with his responses to cues and young family members already love to ride him for short trips around the arena.
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.