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SOLD Stella: 20+ year old Saddlebred mare.  We got Stella in as a rescue a number of years ago and after going through 2 new owners, she's back. Her last owner couldn't afford the board on two horses and seeing as she goes out on frequent, long rides; she decided to part with her older horse.
Stella is a silly mare that thinks she's younger than she is. She doesn't like to stand and wait in her stall after she's eaten her grain, she paws at the door and nickers at you to let you know she's ready to go. Other than that she has good ground manners. Stella stands for saddling and mounting and is willing to ride right out. She is a very well trained mare. She was initially trained for English riding so she only direct reins. We ride her Western and she does very well. She's a longer, lean built horse in excellent health, but she does have high withers/a low back, so I use a blanket under her saddle pad. She has been real good riding out and the more she's ridden, the better she is. She's not a complete slowpoke so we feel she'd do best with an advanced beginner and on up. Considering her age, Stella would do well for someone that rode either less frequently or just wanted to go out on shorter rides. Traffic safe, not spooky. She is a sound, healthy older mare and her last owner had Stella's teeth floated last fall. She eats hay well and loves being out on the grass. She does need to be grained daily to maintain her weight. Asking $200 to a long-term home.




Dixie:  20+ year old jenny. It looks like Dixie will be permanently retired here along with her good friend Bill. We will be adding a page for the permanent retirees soon, (Dixie, Bill and Mazey).




SOLD King: 20+ year old grade QH gelding. King is approx. 14.3 hands tall. He is friendly and easy to catch. Stands for saddling and mounting. King neck reins easily, backs nicely and is very well broke to ride. He will ride out alone and is not spooky. He is broke enough for a beginner but would take advantage of a insecure/nervous rider (will turn around and walk back to the barn). King is extremely smart and does very well when riding out. However, if you putz around in the yard and ride away then come back, killing time before actually leaving on "the" ride, he figures the ride is over. A confident rider can remind him that the ride is not yet over and head him out again. King also rides bareback. Stands tied, trailers well and likes attention. We were told King's last owners sold him as he is not sound enough for "hard" riding. We haven't seen a specific lameness with him but we do feel he probably is a bit arthritic. For this reason he would be best suited to lighter riding. He would be a great walk/trot horse though he will canter with encouragement. We really appreciate this gelding, he's smarter than the "average" horse and is very well trained. We liked him so well we paid more for him then we would normally do with a less-than-sound horse, as his time was limited and there was a good chance he would have ended up being sold by the pound. He's too nice of a horse for that and deserves a safe home where he will be appreciated. $400






SOLD Chiefy: 18 year old grade Morgan gelding. Chiefy is approx. 14.2 hands tall. He has a good disposition and loves people and attention. Chiefy stands tied and has good ground manners. Stands for clipping and fly spray. He is sound and healthy but is missing his left eye. He was sold loose through Verndale with no information. We were recently contacted by a previous owner and were able to find out some history on him. They told us that years ago he was donated to a college for their riding program but as his training wasn't finished, they sold him. He then had another owner who sold him to the people that contacted us. These people did a lot of ground driving with Chiefy and had him ready to hook up and drive. They also rode him a little but not enough finish his training, he is still greenbroke to ride. He was sold in Aug. 2012 at the Verndale auction, with his harness, to an older man who planned on driving him. At that time he still had both eyes. We bought him as a one-eyed horse in April 2013, which explains why it takes him a little while to get used to new surroundings, he's only been missing that eye for 6 months max. Chiefy is a loving horse with an excellent disposition and it would not be difficult to finish his training in either riding or driving. $300



SOLD Barclay Drive: 10 year old Thoroughbred gelding. We ID'd Barclay by his tattoo but do not have his papers. He is an off-the-track gelding and raced for 7 years, earning nearly $100,000 on the track (his last race was August 2012). He was in rough shape when we bought him, (I meant to list him on the "rehab horses" page initially but just didn't get it done), he's been with us for months and has gained considerable weight though he still has a ways to go.
Barclay was quite cranky the first few months but his attitude has been improving as time goes by, (he was lovingly called "Shark Face" by a good friend of ours, haha). He is a devoted cribber and we have a cribbing collar on order in his size. As far as I know he is only track broke and he will need an experienced, confident owner to train him for a new career (preferably someone experienced with OTTBs). $200



Bill: 20+ year old grade bay gelding. Bill is a sweet old gelding and is companion sound only due to some arthritis in one knee. He is gentle and easy to lead, stands tied and trailers well. Bill would make an excellent companion for a foal or non-aggressive horse. Bill was very thin when we bought him, he's gained a lot of weight but still has a little ways to go. He does need daily grain to maintain his weight. Bill is free to a good home with references.
Update: 6/3/14  Bill will be retired here with Dixie and Mazey





SOLD Lily: 1 1/2 year old grade filly. Lily was foaled 9/11/2011. She is halterbroke and very friendly. Her dam is Hazel, pictured below. Her sire is unknown (but I think it's likely he was an Arab or Arab cross). Lily has a pretty head and matching hind socks. She'll make a nice training project.  $150



SOLD Hazel: 5 year old grade solid Paint mare. Hazel is approx. 14.3 hands tall. Her former owner rescued her from a home where she wasn't being taken care of. He then ran short of hay this winter so had to downsize his herd, he contacted us for help in finding Hazel a home. Hazel is halterbroke and friendly and has had some groundwork done. She is a flashy mare and will make a nice training project. $250




SOLD Sultan: 20+ year old grade Arabian gelding. Sully is approx. 14.2-14.3 hands tall. He is sound and well broke to ride. Sully is easy to catch, stands tied and stands for tacking up. We have taken him on a short trail ride and he was very good. He went through water and brush and was happy to lead or follow. Extremely comfortable gaits and we think he may have had western pleasure training in the past. Neck reins, backs. At this point, with limited riding (and limited turnout) this year, he had a little more energy than we would recommend for a complete beginner rider. He was fun and controllable to ride. Sully is a horse that definitely cannot live alone, he really bonds to his herdmate. This does not affect taking him out and riding him by himself, but if left alone in his pasture/pen he is anxious/gets stressed out. $300



SOLD Ruby: 20 year old grade QH mare. Ruby is approx. 15 hands tall. She was extremely thin when we bought her in August, she's put on a lot of weight since then and is ready to find a new home. She is a nice looking mare and has a beautiful face, (in the photo above her hair looks dusty and flattened as she's been wearing a blanket all winter). Ruby has an excellent disposition, she loves people and attention. She is easy to catch and loves to be groomed. Ruby has been used as a broodmare for many years. She did allow me to saddle and "ride" her briefly around the yard, she rides like a very green horse (I don't know if she had minimal training under saddle when she was young? If not, she's just so nice of a mare that she didn't put up a fuss). Ruby is looking for a home as a companion horse/pet. You could probably give kids leadline rides on her too, but she is not being advertised as a "riding horse". Ruby has a very minor soundness issue with one front leg, (from an old tendon injury) and she also has very mild dust allergies. She gets around perfectly fine and also is having no problems being out in the pasture on a round bale 24/7, but she should not be fed hay with excessive dust. Ruby is an extremely kind mare that is looking for a loving, long term home. Asking $50 to cover her initial purchase price.




IN Foster Care JW Peggys Little Jez: 2004 registered AQHA mare. "Jez" is a sweet young mare who currently has her approx. 4 month old grade buckskin colt at her side. Jez needs some weight but is healthy and has a great appetite and will be looking better in short order. Jez is halterbroke and friendly. She has a quiet disposition and is very easy going. We don't know if she's had any time under saddle or has just been a broodmare. We have her AQHA papers in hand but do not have a signed transfer. We are working on contacting her previous owner to try and get one. Jez's colt has a "two to three finger" hernia. We will be getting a quote from our vet on the cost of repairing it. It would make sense to have him gelded at the same time. Jez's pedigree can be seen at: Jez's colt has found a home. We are asking $175 for Jez.
UPDATE 3/26/13:  Looks like Jez's foster may be adopting her so she is unavailable at this time.


SOLD Sugar: 20+ year grade pony mare. Sugar is a taller pony, we think around 11 hands but we need to measure her. When we bought her she was in terrible shape, (you can see her pics on our Rehab Horses 2012 page). She has been gaining slowly and steadily, still has a little ways to go but is looking much better now. Sugar is friendly and easy to handle. Due to her age and having one arthritic knee we would love to find her a retirement home as a companion pony. She is calm and docile and would be suitable for young children to handle. She is submissive to other horses/ponies so could not live with an aggressive animal. Sugar does need daily grain and is also being fed a small amount of soaked hay cubes/beet pulp which she loves. We are asking $50 for Sugar to help with the costs of her rehabilitation.





SOLD If: 21 year old grade QH gelding. "If" is approx. 15 hands tall. He is a former barrel horse and was retired from riding as he developed some arthritis in recent years.  He has good ground manners and gets along well with other horses. We were contacted by his former owner for help in finding "If" a home. She had placed him 2 years ago as a companion horse and was recently contacted as his new owners could no longer keep him, so he has come to live with us until a new home can be found. "If" is a wonderful older gelding and is looking for a safe, long-term home.
If was tested and treated for Lymes disease by our vet, he is now much more comfortable. Due to his years as a ranch horse and then barrel horse, he does have some "wear and tear" but is still sound for light/recreational riding. More info coming soon.



Commanche has found a home Commanche: 20 year old grade Pinto gelding. Commanche is approx. 14.3 hands tall. He leads, stands tied and trailers well. He has arthritis in one knee and is companion sound only. Commanche has been a hard working trail horse his whole life. He's a tough old warrior and deserves a safe retirement. He is free to a good home as a companion horse/pet.




SOLD Hope: 18 year old grade Arabian mare. Hope was initially listed on the "rehab horses" page, she was very thin when we bought her. Hope has gained most of her weight back and is now ready to look for a new home. Hope is friendly and easy to catch. She is submissive with other horses. She stands tied, trailers well and stands for tacking up. Hope is well broke to ride, neck reins, backs nicely and is not spooky. Rides out alone. We feel she could be a good match for an advanced beginner on up. $500



SOLD Strawberry: Aged (20+ years) grade roan mare. Strawberry is approx. 15 hands tall. She is easy to catch, stands tied, trailers well. We think Strawberry may be a former riding stable horse. She will ride out alone but is most relaxed when ridden with another horse. She will lead or follow, neck reins, traffic safe and is not spooky. Very smooth trot. We feel Strawberry would be suitable for a confident beginner rider. She was very thin when we bought her, our vet did extensive dental work on her and she's gained a considerable amount of weight. As she is an older mare she should be grained 2x a day. Strawberry currently is also getting one feeding of soaked beet pulp and alfalfa cubes daily, to help gain more weight. $325



Sophie has found a home Bint Katrina Rose: 1982 registered Arabian mare. Sweet old mare looking for a retirement home. "Sophie" came to us from her previous owner who is moving out of state and needed to place her horses. She is in good shape for her age, sound and healthy. Sophie is well broke to ride, she would be suitable for light riding around the farm and she is safe for children to ride. She does need to be grained 2x a day to maintain her weight. Sophie is free to a good home with references, we are looking for a permanent home for this mare. Pedigree can be seen at:



SOLD Daisy: Aged (20+ years) Belgian mare. Approx. 16.2 hands tall. Daisy is a retired Amish horse. We were told she is very well broke to drive and has been used for about every kind of farm/field work. She was taken to the auction because her teammate passed away and she no longer could keep up with the younger horses. Daisy had belonged to the same owner since she was a 3 year old, we were told she's been driven by beginners and handled by children. She is respectful and a little shy, it doesn't seem like she is used to much attention but the more time you spend with her the more she responds. Daisy is a kind mare and has been easy to work with. Leads, stands tied, trailers well, gets along with other horses. She still needs a little weight but has been gaining steadily since we brought her home. Would be a great mare for a beginner driver or as a teammate to teach younger horses to drive. $475





SALE PENDING Taj: 6 year old grade Arabian gelding. Taj is temporarily unavailable as he is in a foster home, being worked with under saddle. 
Taj is approx. 14.1 hands tall. He is friendly and likes attention. Leads, stands tied, trailers. Gets along well with other horses. Taj is started under saddle (greenbroke) and needs an experienced rider to finish his training. I don't know exactly how much training he had in the past but I do know that at the time we bought him, he hadn't been ridden in at least 6 months. He stands for saddling and mounting.  With more training he'll make a nice riding partner. Our vet looked at Taj's teeth when he was out and feels he's 6-7 years old. Very pretty mover, big floaty trot. Taj is sound and healthy and will make a nice project for an experienced horseperson.



Secret Grey has found a home Secret Grey: 13 year old Thoroughbred gelding. More info on the "rehab horses 2010" page. This gelding's feet are still a "work in progress" and we can't be sure of what his future holds but don't think it's time to quit on him yet. He is definitely one of the nicest horses I've ever met. Our farrier has this to say about his hooves:
"We think that he was foundered & has had repeated abscesses because of that. He's got X-rays &, other than some rotation, they look pretty normal. He doesn't have a lot of sole, which is common for TB's to begin with & being foundered doesn't help. So, right now he's shod with a reverse shoe and vettec equipack pads.  The web site that explains what they're like. He's got the new, soft version on. I think it's extremely important that his feet be done often, by someone who's got some experience (and a record of success) working with foundered horses. The shoes he's going to need aren't fancy and aren't hugely expensive, but, if he's going to have a chance, stuff has to be done regularly and right. His feet have to be trimmed right too. I'd hope that, down the road, he'll be able to go barefoot, but he will still need his feet trimmed regularly by someone who really knows what they are doing. He's never going to be a horse who will do well with " benign neglect"."

I did a little research online and found an old ad for a horse I believe is Secret, advertised in 2006, for $20,000 as a jumper. I tried to contact the person that listed that ad but had no luck. He does have 2 brands on him, one is the #43, and the other I believe is pictured on our "rehab horses" page, someone out there knows this horse and knows more of his story, I just haven't had any luck finding them.

We can't guarantee that Secret will be sound in the future for any type of riding again but we feel he deserves the chance, and we don't feel we've exhausted all the options for him. He has wonderful ground manners and is a very loving horse with a positive attitude. He needs to be kept in a very clean environment so he doesn't get bacteria in his feet, but if we can get the shoes to stay on good that should help protect them. Secret is free to a good home who is willing and able to keep up with the care he needs. Any prospective owner needs to put their farrier in touch with our farrier so there is an understanding about the needs for his feet.  



No longer available Mazey: 20+ year grade QH mare. Mazey was very thin when we bought her, we got her back to a healthy weight and she's maintaining well.  Beautiful dark golden palomino. Mazey likely was used as a broodmare for many years.  She is a great companion horse/pet, (not broke to ride). She is sound and healthy but is an aged mare and requires grain twice a day. She also does best with either alfalfa hay or soaked feed, (and would probably do well on good pasture). Free to a good home with references.
Update 5/5/2012: Since Mazey has been with us for so long, we have just decided to retire her here.

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If 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.
This doesn't apply to any horse that is already "sale pending" with us as of 11/11/08, but any after that. 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.