This is Buddy the first horse that was donated to the ranch. He has become a favorite of several children coming to the ranch and he is the only horse on the ranch that likes carrots. We can't say Buddy is the only horse that likes carrots anymore since Wings and Diamond came to the ranch last summer.
Lucy was dropped off at the ranch one day when we were not home. We had talked with the caretaker for the horse and expressed interest in taking her. We did not know her name so decided to have a naming contest by the children that come to the ranch. So Lucy received the most votes and after looking up the meaning of her name it fits. She has been a true light and blessing to several children but especially to two little boys.
This is Spook one of the favorites at the Ranch. She is Curt’s go to horse. If cows need rounded up she is the horse to get the job done. She is a different horse when the children are on her. You can see her almost taking baby steps when they are riding. She is the one most the children want to ride once they have tried her. She is a true confidence builder.
Uno was donated to the ranch November 2013. The reason she was donated is she was born with only one eye. I am excited to see how God plans on using this horse at the ranch. She was foaled the same year our ministry was started. She is still a little shy and as you could guess at the bottom of the pecking order in the herd but I see a lot of potential in this horse. Update: Uno has been sent to a trainer this summer (2015). She is currently being ridden by the staff of HYR. She has a lot of energy and will not be in our riding program for awhile.
Zoe , (meaning life in Greek) Shows promise of bringing new life to our herd. Her training has begun and she is slowly coming around. Ground work is continuing and she has been saddled and ridden a few times. She is very friendly but remains shy. Update: Zoe has also been sent to the trainer and does show lots of try and potential. The first trainer sent her back and said get rid of her. We saw a good horse and potential the second trainer absolutely fell in love with her. She is currently being ridden by HYR staff. We look for her to become part of our riding program next summer.
This is Sport one of the biggest geldings we have. He is on the lazy side and pretty easy going. Sometimes he is too smart for his own good figures out how to untie himself and get into trouble. He is a half brother to Dawn but totally different personality.
This is Dan one of the horses that was raised on our ranch. Even though he is one of the smaller geldings on the ranch he is herd boss. He is other wise a pretty laid back horse and gives the children that come to the ranch a challenge to get or keep him moving. He was one of the horses that I broke and he is a smooth riding horse. Dan can teach patience to even the most experienced riders.
This is Dawn another horse that was raised on our ranch. She is my go to horse when I have a job to get done. She is a good honest horse and will work hard for you all day. She has become a favorite for some of the children that come to the ranch. Although she can read her riders and tends to frustrate a few of them.
This is Dee another horse that was raised on our ranch. She is a half sister to Dan. She has that easy going look and loves to be with people but has a stubborn streak as long as she is tall. Children that ride her have to be as stubborn as she is to get somewhere
This is Diamond. She was a pasture mate to Wings and also came to us last summer. These two horses are inseparable. Diamond is 34 years old. She is receiving a lot of TLC here at Heartland Youth Ranch. She loves being brushed, eating and lounging in the sun. She loves carrots, celery and horse treats as does Wings.
Abby came to the ranch last summer. She is a sweet heart. Loves to be brushed and loves attention. Despite her age she can act like a youngster at times kicking up her heels as she gallops around the paddock. She gives all she has when ridden and is a joy to ride on the trail. A true confidence builder.
Colby came to the ranch in November. We were excited to receive this gentle giant into the ranch family. Then in January he was diagnosed with cancer. His prognosis is grim. He receives all the love, feed and brushing to keep him happy and comfortable. As of now he still enjoys life and just relaxing in the sun.