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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.


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




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.




SOLD Colored Up Beauty: 2005 registered APHA mare. Beauty is a nice looking mare with a good disposition. She is broke to ride. Her pedigree can be seen at: More info coming soon.






SOLD Jazz: 10 year old grade Paint mare. Jazz is a flashy and friendly mare. Approx. 14.3 hands tall. She is easy to catch, stands tied and stands for tacking up. Jazz is well broke to ride and is a good trail horse. She will lead or follow along and is not spooky. She neck reins and is responsive under saddle. We feel Jazz could work for an confident beginner rider with basic riding skills to trail ride. Jazz also has some gaming experience. It's been a few years since she competed but we were told she's done some barrel racing/speed events. We took her to our fundraiser/fun show Oct. 5th and did use her in 2 classes, (pony express race and speed dash), she did very well but is a little "more horse" in the ring than she is out on trails and we feel should have an intermediate rider on up if she's to be used for games. She walked in the gate nicely and stood well between classes. Jazz trailers well but does take a few minutes to load, (she's not hard to load, just takes her time). She is sound and healthy. $850



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. 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:






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 complete beginner but if the rider has some confidence and basic riding skills she could be a good fit. $850





Cupcake is SOLD,  Moonshine is still available
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




SOLD Corky's Mini Sue: 2006 registered Miniature mare. "Sue" is registered in the World Class Miniature Horse Registry. She is 33.5 inches tall. Sue leads, ties and trailers. She is a cute little mare and with training would make a flashy driving pony. We think she would be a little "too much pony" for small children to handle at this point. $75






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





SOLD Lobster Mobster: 2008 Thoroughbred mare. "Libby" is an off-the-track mare, she retired from racing in 2011. We were able to ID her from her tattoo. We do not have her papers but her pedigree can be seen at:
Libby has most recently been used as a trail horse, we were told she is easy going under saddle. Her former owner contacted us for help in finding her a good home. We were told that when trail ridden, if followed too closely by another horse she may kick out. She is not a dominant horse and likely gets nervous when a horse comes up close behind her. Libby is a friendly mare, she likes people and attention. She does crib when bored. 
Libby stands for saddling and mounting. We have only ridden her briefly in the yard here but she walked and trotted nicely and was very calm. She is light mouthed, stops easily and backs. Direct reins. Even though she is very quiet under saddle she is a young mare and we feel she would be best suited to an intermediate rider or better, (and should have a light handed rider). Libby will make a nice trail partner and has potential as an english or dressage horse. She has an ugly surface crack in her left hind hoof, (our farrier has assured us that it is a surface crack only and will grow out in time), she just needs correct, regular trimming. Libby is sound and healthy. $350




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.






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.





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







SOLD Rocket: 20 year old grade bay gelding. Approx. 14.1 hands tall. Rocket is easy to catch, trailers well and gets along well with other horses. He stands tied and stands for saddling. Rocket can be a little pushy on the ground and does not always stand nicely for mounting, his ground manners need a little work. We have been working on that and his manners are improving. Rocket is very well broke to ride and is a great trail horse that will go through anything. He is not spooky, rides alone or with another horse and is traffic safe. Neck reins and backs nicely. He is quick on his feet, could have been used for ranch work in the past. He is very willing under saddle but would not be suitable for a beginner rider as he's "too much horse". For a rider with experience he is a very fun ride. We took Rocket to our fundraiser/fun game show Oct. 5th and he did very well. He seemed to know the pole weaving pattern and trotted/loped the games nicely. He could be a nice youth gaming horse for an experienced child getting into games and looking to "step up" from their first horse. Rocket is sound and healthy. $575



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




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



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.