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. Soot is already the tallest horse in the barn at over 16 hands, but he will not be ridden under saddle till April 2021.
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 Gyspy Vanner, or Irish Cob, originated from the island of Ireland and are known for their feathering on the legs, around 1,700 lbs.
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 over 700 times, English/Western, as well as logging many more groundwork sessions. Now he is learning to stand at "attention" while his rider plays the National Anthem on trumpet.
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.
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.
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.
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.