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Sierra:  Registered APHA mare, more info coming soon.

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Amand & Donzi: Registered Norweigian Fjords. 18 year old gelding and 17 year old mare. More info coming soon!

Amond & Danzi: Registered Norweigian Fjords. 18 year old gelding (Maggie Lane's Amond) and 17 year old mare (Maggie Lane's Springdanz).
These 2 have been together their whole lives so we prefer to place them together.  Amond has been ridden here once, very briefly, but he was wonderful to tack up and get on and quietly direct-reined around in the corral.  I was pretty impressed (even though Fjords have such an even, quiet, all around nice personality),  as I know that nothing much (riding or driving) has been done with him for the last 2 years.  We were fortunate to have been in contact with someone that owns Danzi's daughter and had some information on both horses' pasts.  We were told that not only is Amond broke to ride, he is very well broke to drive and has been driven in parades.  It sounds like Danzi has also been either ridden or driven and we're still working on finding more information on that topic.  We know she's had at least one foal.  They are both on the "very healthy" side..........  we've managed to trim a little weight off.  They both look wonderful and are extremely easy keepers.  Danzi has been foundered, but her feet are nearly back to normal and she hasn't taken a misstep since she's been here.  Amond and Danzi are very friendly, the past two years they have been mainly "pets". Danzi especially will innocently invade your space and gently check you over looking for treats.  They are both easy to catch and love attention. Amond and Danzi have sweet, easy-going dispositions and get along great with the two small ponies they have lived with the last few years. We are asking $1,750 for the pair and would prefer to place them that way. If placed seperately, Amond will be priced at $1,500 and Donzi at $500.

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This is Pickles:  Pickles is a 12 year old grade paint mare, who has, in recent years, been a wife to "BOB the donkey".  They've had a number of mule foals together.  I was told she has either white or spotted ones.  When she was younger, she'd had people on her back and was led around with them on, but was never fully broke out.  We're looking for a safe, long-term home for Pickles.  We would give her to such a home or include her at no extra charge, to whomever purchases Bob.......incase they'd like to see the successful "marraige" of the two, continue.  She's friendly and halterbroke and an excellent mother.

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Lily:  She's a 6 year old grade mini mare.  She's been saddled and ridden by children, but not in the past 2 years.  She's a very sweet little mare, we'll need to "tape her" for an actual height.  She came in with the Fjords and one other pony and they all live together.  Lily has been foundered and her feet are looking much improved with the proper trimming she's receiving.  She gets around with no discomfort.  She's on a diet of clean grass hay and should probably be kept out of big grassy pastures so as not to re-founder.  We are asking $150 for Lily. 

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"Sketcher" comes with a Temporary Certificate of  Registration with the AMHR.  I had never heard of a "temporary" one before, though I did notice that their was nothing recorded his height.  Possibly the registration was waiting for his mature height in order to classify his "mini" size???  He was foaled on 5/03/2010.  It really has no bearing on his placement as we're looking for a good home for him as a companion pony.  He's very sweet and a bit too "stout".  He gets along great, but was born with a disability.  He has one back leg that's weaker, causing him to place it more inward, when he walks.  It doesn't bother him, but as a companion pony, she should be with a mild-mannered friend.  A mean buddy would most likely take advantage of the fact that he wouldn't be able to get out of the way of a kick or a bite, very quickly.  Friendly and sweet and halterbroke, he'd be a good friend for anybody.  We are asking $50 for Sketcher, to a good long-term home.   

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Salty: 19 year old grade Arabian mare. Salty is a sweet, smaller Arab mare with pretty head and a kind eye.
She stands tied and trailers very well. Salty has only been ridden here a couple times.  She seemed uncomfortable to my daughter when she first started riding her, (she did not do anything wrong but seemed a little stiff and slow to pick up the trot when the rider's leg pressure was applied) so when we had the equine massage therapist out to work on a few horses we had them check out Salty as well.  After our therapist worked on Salty she is like a "brand new horse"!   Since then, when I rode her out, she was happy and perky and forward and trotted nicely in front of the other horse. This little mare was most likely used as a "spare horse" in her last home. She is level headed and is a total lady. Salty is traffic safe and has been trail ridden. She is at the bottom of the pecking order and very, very sweet.  I believe she's about 14 hands tall but we need to measure her. She is easy to tack up and rides well in a hackamore.  Salty direct reins and stops easily. She can be a bit unsure of where you want her to go, until you head out, but then she is very willing and able and appears to be unafraid of most everything she goes by, tarps, vehicles, a long conjoined group of black mailboxes (I mention this as nearly every horse we ride, tends to want to take a wide berth around them), etc.  Salty is priced at $400.

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Babe:  This mare is a registered 1996, APHA mare.  Her registered name is "Skippers BlueHoney", #338,641.  Babe is a very quiet, sweet-tempered mare that has basically been used as a trail horse.  She rides in a hackamore.  She had professional training as a 2 yr. old, so is very well versed on a lungeline.  She is a very easy keeper and at the bottom of the "pecking order" in the pasture.  She will most likely work for beginners with some riding knowledge.  She is very "out of shape", but also seems a bit uncomfortable at times, when ridden, so we are having her evaluated by our farrier and a horse massage therapist.  We have just started riding her and will update her info as we know more.

Update:  11/29/14 - I should have updated this mare's info a month ago, that's the last time we took Babe out with Salty for a brief ride.  I had a massage therapist out just one week after our fundraiser where the kids riding Babe, noticed she appeared to be somewhat  uncomfortable.  The therapist was also there that day and worked on her for a little bit, which seemed to help.  We all agreed that she was in need of a trim to alter the angle of her feet.  I had her feet trimmed 3 days after the fundraiser and when our massage therapist came out the following weekend, she found no more signs of pain or discomfort, where she had previously.  The only thing we noticed the last time she was ridden, was that her feet were a bit tender on the gravel.  If it had been riding season, I would've had her shod in front, until her hooves grew out a little and she got used to the corrected angle of her feet, from the trim.  This mare seems to prefer the company of people to that of other horses, when you really spend time with her.  She has the sweetest disposition and would make someone, a new best friend.  At this time we are asking $850 for Babe.

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SOLD Cookie: 20+ year old grade dun mare.  This is a very kind, older mare.  When she was younger, she even rode out in Medora.  She went to Camp Shamineau this year for her previous owner's grandchild, as the horse that was meant to be used, got hurt.  She will be good for light riding, preferably by a child or smaller adult, she does have a bit of a low back.  We were told she only direct reins and will be trying her out very soon.  She is also excellent with other horses, could get along with any, providing they weren't out to beat her up.  She would be safest in a mellow group of horses.  She has a very sweet disposition.    

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Bob: 11 year old spotted donkey jack.  What a character!  Bob came in from some friends of ours that are selling their farm and needing to place their large animals.   We also got in his "wife" Pickles and will be posting pics and an ad on her later this week.  They were bred a number of times and always had a little white mule or a spotted one.  The mare is also spotted.   Bob isn't a real noisy guy, just the occasional "honk" when we're out feeding or when  a new horse arrives, that is housed near him. We need to tape him for his correct height, but he's got to be 13+ hands tall, just under the mammoth donkey height requirement.  He does pull on his lead rope so you need to keep him close.  We could rehome him with "his wife" if anyone were interested.  She will be going online this week.  She has really only been a broodmare.  Bob's price is $350.
 

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SOLD Ozzy: This is a registered ApHC mare.  She was brought to us by her former owners, so that we could help to find her a new home.  We have a copy of her papers, but not the original and since it's not been found, as of yet, we will be selling her as grade.  Her name is "Total Awesome Class".  Her sire is:  Crystal Approval and her dam is:  BR Glitter and Class.  She was foaled on 04/12/2004.  We were told she contracted Lymes Disease at her previous home and was treated for it by a veterinarian.  However, she still has "off" days so we feel she should be considered as a companion horse and if she were to stay sound on joint medication, her new owner could very well have a spare riding horse, as she is broke to ride.  I will be having our vet check her out on his next visit, but we haven't ridden her here and really don't plan to, at this time.  This mare gets along well in our herd and is a very easy keeper.  She loves treats, but is not overly personable.

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SOLD Lacey: 20 year old grulla Quarter Horse mare.  This mare is the perfect package, she has the looks, disposition and the training! We've seen her ride well for at least 5 riders with different riding abilities as well as different levels of confidence. Lacey is an easy going, well broke mare. She is approx. 15 hands tall and nicely built.  She is a sweet, friendly mare. Easy to catch, stands tied, stands for tacking up and fly spray, gets along well with other horses. Lacey is a great trail horse. She is traffic safe and not spooky. Neck reins, backs nicely and is light mouthed. Will lead or follow along when ridden with another horse. Smooth gaits. Will also ride bareback with just a halter and lead. Lacey would be suitable for any number of riders, from a less experienced rider on up. She is sound and healthy, has a good disposition and is an all-around nice mare. Lacey is registered AQHA but her papers were lost, if her previous owner finds them we will update this ad with her pedigree. $1350

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SOLD RF Happy Gilmore: 1999 registered Pinto gelding. "Happy" is a beautiful, part-Arab large pony (I think around 13 hands or so, we need to measure him). We were contacted by Happy's former owner for help in finding him a good home. He is broke to ride and we were told should have a rider with experience. Happy has been foundered and needs to be kept off pasture/in a dry lot. More info coming soon.

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SOLD Banjo: 4 year old jenny Mule. Approx. 15 hands and stout. Her dam was a Tennessee Walker mare. Banjo is a nice looking jenny that is halterbroke and is ready to start training. She has been well taken care of and had only one owner from birth until now, her owner contacted us for help in finding her a good home. Banjo has only been trailered once, when we picked her up and she's pretty hesitant about loading. She has a good disposition and will make a nice riding mule. Banjo should have an owner with "mule experience". She is sound and healthy. More information and photos coming soon. $500

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SOLD Rusty: 20 year old red roan john (gelding) Mule. Rusty is approx. 15 hands tall. He is well broke to ride and has been ridden in the mountains of CO, WY and MT. Rusty has a good disposition and likes attention. He is easy to catch, trim and shoe.  
Rusty was with the same owner for many years and was very well taken care of. His owner contacted us for help in finding Rusty a good home. We were told Rusty is a good trail Mule and has also been used to pack. Rusty direct reins and is very smooth under saddle. We also have the Australian saddle his owner used on him (see photo) as well as his old pack harness. The saddle is in excellent shape.

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SOLD:Ocelia Marie: 1995 registered Thoroughbred mare. "Moriah" is approx 15.1/15.2 hands tall. She belonged to the same home for years and was very well taken care of. Sadly, her owner's job requires she move out of the country and she contacted us for help in finding Moriah a safe, long-term home. Moriah is a well trained mare, she has been trail ridden and overnight camping and also had dressage and jumping training in the past.  At one time, she was even trained to drive, but didn't do it long term. Moriah is blind in one eye but well adjusted to it, she is sound and healthy otherwise. She has not been ridden much in the last year or so. We will be updating her ad as soon as we've had time to ride her here a few more times. Moriah's pedigree can be seen at: http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/ocelia+marie
 
Update 6/24/14:  We've ridden Moriah out a couple times now and she's been well behaved.  Her only silly habit is neighing a bit when you first start out to see if she can get one of the pasture horses to answer her.  Each time she went out, it was with another horse we've been riding so we don't know how happy she'd be, going out alone.  However, her previous owner was down to just one horse, her, when I picked her up so I'm assuming she rode her out alone from her farm.  She is a nice mare, friendly and responsive and works very well off leg cues, going down the road, we had her leg yields as in dressage.  She has her moments when being tacked up as she'll jig around a bit.  I should've cross-tied her, which would've helped.  She gets along well with other horses and you'd never know she was blind in one eye, if you didn't see it.
    We feel that she'd do best with a confident intermediate rider or an advanced one.  The right type of person will really enjoy this mare and get a lot out of her as she's been trained in a number of disciplines.  She just needs to get ridden more, she really seems to enjoy it. $500

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SOLD Goldie: 14 year old grade mare. Goldie is approx. 15.1/15.2 hands tall. She is friendly and easy to catch. Stands tied, trailers, stands for the farrier. The only vice we've found is that she will crib if she is bored. She's not a frequent cribber, but if she's stalled with nothing to do she will crib a little. Goldie stands for tacking up and also rides bareback. She is well broke to ride. She is responsive under saddle, neck reins well and stops easily. Goldie is fun to ride, traffic safe and not spooky. I think she would be too responsive and a little "too much horse" for a beginner but could be a good match for a confident, intermediate rider. $850

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Cupcake is SOLD,  Moonshine is SOLD Cupcake and Moonshine: 9 year old pony mare and her 2013 stud colt. Cupcake is an extremely sweet little mare. Easy to catch, loves attention. I had a hard time getting any photos of her as she was determined to follow me all around the pen. We were contacted by Cupcake's former owner for help finding her a home. He told us she is well broke to ride and was ridden by his young children. Cupcake is blind in one eye but is well adjusted to it. She has a wonderful disposition, friendly and easy going.
Moonshine is her 2013 foal, he is 5 months old. He is not yet halterbroke but we will be working with him as we have time. We are advertising them as a pair at this time, but plan to wean Moonshine within the month. $275 for the pair.
 
Update:  Moonshine has been hiding the fact that he is pretty well halter-broke.  :-)  He was excellent for his first trim!  His name has also been changed to Moonshadow, in honor of my brother

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SOLD Skip: 19 year old grade Arabian/Appaloosa cross gelding. Approx. 15 hands tall. Skip is friendly and easy to catch. He is a flashy older gelding and is well broke to ride. He is a former 4-H show horse. In recent years Skip has mostly been trail ridden. He also has done open gaming classes. Skip's former owner contacted us for help in finding him a good home. She would like to touch base with his new home from time to time. Skip stands tied and stands for tacking up. Skip has a ground covering walk and is a great trail horse. He is traffic safe, not spooky and is used to 4-wheelers. Will blaze trail, go through puddles, etc. Skip is very light mouthed and rides well in a hackamore. Neck reins, very responsive under saddle. We feel he could be suited to a confident beginner with basic riding skills and light hands. Skip is sound and healthy and has a current coggins test. We plan to take him to a fun game show within the next few weeks if he is still here. Skip does require daily grain to maintain his weight. $750

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SOLD IH Tangarai: 2002 registered APHA mare. Tangarai is approx. 14.2 hands tall. She is broke to ride but has not been ridden in the last 2 years.
Tangarai rides like a well started, but not finished mare. She has good ground manners and is gentle and easy to handle. She leads, stands tied and trailers. Under saddle she direct reins and stops well. She needs a rider with experience to finish her training. Priced at $275.

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SOLD Herman and Horatio: 3 year old purebred, unregistered Clydesdale geldings. Herman and Horatio are half-brothers, only one month apart in age. The first two photos are Horatio, the 2nd two photos are of Herman, (he is the one with the most white). Horatio is approx. 17 hands tall. Herman is approx. 17.2 hands tall. With training, they would make a very nice team. Their previous owner contacted us for help in finding them a good home.
Both geldings are very friendly. They love to be groomed, stand for fly spray and have been bathed. Good for the farrier. They have been exposed to tracters, lawn mowers, golf carts, etc. Both have excellent dispositions and are gentle with kids, cats, dogs, etc. They get along well with other horses. Herman and Horatio are sound and healthy and ready to start training. These geldings are very gentle but are young and are VERY big and need a home experienced with draft horses. Current coggins tests. If possible, we would like to find them a new home as a team as they have been together since they were foals. $1500/for both Herman and Horatio.

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SOLD Zip: 15 year old grade black mare. Approx. 14.3 hands tall. Zip is back with us due to the fact that her current owner feels she doesn't have the experience required for this mare. We took her to the local outside arena shortly after her return, she rode the same for us as she did last fall. She did well and was very relaxed.
 
Zip has good ground manners and gets along well with other horses. Stands tied, trailers, stands for saddling. Zip is a well broke mare and would be best suited to a calm, light handed rider. She needs a rider with confidence and experience as she initally is a bit anxious/tense before you start out on a ride and she knows what to expect, (a little "wound up" but settles down when you head out to ride). Last fall we took this mare on a 2 hour trail ride at Pillsbury forest and she did wonderful. She neck reins and is very responsive under saddle. Zip is sound and healthy. $675

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SOLD Piscado: 20+ year old grade Appaloosa gelding. Piscado is approx. 14.2 hands tall. He is a former riding stable horse and is well broke to ride. You may recognize him, we used to own him and sold him in 2011. He has been a trail horse for a younger rider the past year and a half, she's now ready for a "step up" horse and sadly had to part with Piscado. We were contacted to help find him a good, longterm home. His owner also took him to a groundwork class this year and he did very well.
 
Piscado has good ground manners and is easy to catch. Stands tied, stands for tacking up and mounting. He will ride out alone but is happiest when ridden with another horse. Piscado will lead or follow, neck reins, stops easily and backs. Back in 2011 I took him overnight camping at Pillsbury and he did great. Piscado is not spooky and has great feet. Traffic safe. He is current on shots for 2013. He is a solid trail horse and would be best suited to a confident beginner/intermediate rider. As he is an older gelding he does need to be grained throughout the winter months to maintain his weight.
When Piscado came back to us this year his former owners let us know he had a cataract in one eye. Their vet had examined him and felt it was due to an old injury. After spending time with him this fall I'm thinking his sight in that eye is pretty limited. He's still not a spooky horse but you have to be aware that he doesn't have much vision on one side. I took him for a 1 1/2 hour trail ride 10/13/2013 and he did great, no problems with traffic going by or navigating on the trail. $300

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SOLD Topper: 15 year old grade Saddlebred gelding. Topper is approx. 15.2 hands tall. He is a very nice looking gelding with a good disposition. Easy to catch, stands tied, stands for tacking up. We bought Topper at an auction after seeing him ridden around for hours by a very abusive rider. He was being run back and forth, his mouth was being ripped on, he was hit with a stick and then finally hit in the head. It was one of the worst cases of abusive riding we have ever seen. Because of this, when we brought him home we gave him some time off to relax. He is a very forgiving horse and adjusted very well here. Topper is well broke to ride, however the first few minutes of the ride he is a bit nervous, we're sure due to past treatment. Once he realizes no one is going to beat on him he relaxes. Topper direct reins nicely and stops easily. He is light mouthed and has smooth gaits. We feel Topper would be best suited to a confident intermediate rider. $475

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SOLD General Lee: 3 year old pony stallion. General Lee is a flashy chestnut with blue eyes and 4 socks. We were told he was a yearling but by his teeth he appears a bit older than that. He is halterbroke and friendly but can be a bit skittish, I don't think he's been handled a ton. We had his feet trimmed and once he figured out the farrier wasn't going to hurt him he behaved very well. With training he would make a beautiful driving pony.  If he's here next time the vet comes out I plan to have him gelded (and his price will increase to reflect that). $75

When buying or adopting a horse from us:
A horse is considered "sale pending" once we recieve a non-refundable deposit. Until then (with the exception of a few days for a deposit to reach us) the horse is still available. Once a horse is sale pending or sold, we give 1 week free board. After that, you will be charged $5 a day until horse is picked up, unless other arrangements are made with us. If the horse is staying here more than 2 weeks, it must be paid for in full.
 
Limited room/feed expenses force us to do things this way as we've had people in the past leave a horse here for months on end. We cannot take in any new horses until sold horses have gone to their new homes, nor do we have the money as needed for hay/grain until sold horses are paid in full.

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