This 28 year old grandpa is Dad’s Cadillac. We bought him from a friend of ours and he immediately became the horse that really made Dad happy. With push-button controls and a touchy throttle, this big black monster had a penchant for leading the pack and teaching the young guns how it’s done. He’s now our stable man, perfectly suited to teaching
Ol’ Reliable, our resident Houdini, is always up for an adventure. He’s been withus for 15 years and is one of our favorite rescues. Labeled an
Better known as Little Horse to all his friends, this handsome man was rescued 11 years ago. He was malnourished and underdeveloped and the Rodeo Clown had to have him. She brought him home and trained him into the wonderfully quirky, dependable, studly pony he is today. Endowed with the smoothest of gaits, he’s been our primary packmule, conquistador, cookie tester, bulldozer and everything in between. A few years back, however, he began experiencing mild petty-mal seizures common in abused horses. When too many stimulating activities are happening around him, he has a hard time processing additional information and must be quietly and gently calmed down until he is able to process through these stimuli. He will always have a home with us due, in part, to this idiosyncrasy and remains a fantastic demonstration pony for anyone wishing to see his impeccable gait and beautiful arabesque headset.
Surely I Can Do This
A sweet chestnut mare who was in desperate need of some structure, Surely got her name from Mr. Muscles himself, the Rodeo Clown’s husband. And boy has she lived up to her name! Surely was acquired from a farmyard liquidation sale along with 2 other 6 year olds who had never been touched. She had never seen a halter or brushes, had never felt a person’s hand on her body or legs. After 3 months in a stall, Surely became more and more comfortable with people, brushes, and leadropes. It took another few months to convince her that our farrier wasn’t trying to take her hooves off, but within 16 months of finding her, we were riding our Steady Surely on trails near the farm. She’s been unstoppable ever since and is always keen to lead. She’s climbed sheer rock faces in the Blue Ridge Mountains, crossed chest-deep waters in SC, and trekked across the foothills of the Appalachians.
Zoom Zoom! This beautiful bay boy is our Ferrari! His stupendously smooth gait is quick enough for any speed-demon’s taste without feeling uncontrollable.
The sweetest man you’ve ever met, we named him “the boyfriend” for a reason! This young man is sweeter than a new lover. He came to us as a stallion but you couldn’t tell that by his personality! We immediately discovered his silky smooth gait and with hair like this, who needs Fabio?!
FOR SALE! A high-powered ex-show horse trainee, Patron has settled nicely into the trail life. Although he’s decided he likes the lazy life, and he’s still a little prissy about mud on his toes, he can plow through anything and look great doing it.
FOR SALE! Feisty, young, and brimming with excitement, Bebe is a beautiful bay color turning a rich gray like her parents. She is a bonafide pleasure to ride
FOR SALE! A dynamite beginner pony, this little mare can handle anything you throw at her. She’s used to children of all ages, and even the Trap King can ride her! She shuffles along smoothly, content in the lead or willing to follow- whichever you prefer.
FOR SALE! From the same farm as Miss Surely, he has shown remarkable growth in learning to trust humans. Believed to have been abused before he came to us, the Rodeo Clown took him under her wing and helped him learn how to function. He’s learned that people won’t kill him, they just want to pet him and a saddle’s teeth are not big enough to swallow a horse. Strangely enough, though he certainly lacks confidence on the ground, he’s amazingly capable under saddle. He’s even had some professional training to help diagnose some of his challenges.
FOR SALE! A speedy, smooth gray gelding, Cruz is well-traveled and keen on adventures. He’s got the go-juice in his blood, but is calm enough for beginner and intermediate riders.
FOR SALE! A recent addition to the farm, this is Angel’s second stay with us here. Years ago, the Rodeo Clown rode Angle’s mother before passing her along to another little girl. That mare gave birth to Angel and years later, Angel’s owner could no longer care for her. Knowing the mellow temperament of her mother, we immediately took her in and found her a new home. It’s now been 5 years and she’s back with us. We’re grateful to hare her! She’s got the same even-keeled temper and smooth shuffle gait of her mother, not too big, and perfectly suited for the trails.
FOR SALE! Singletree’s “Golden Boy” this handsome man has hit his prime! He loves to GO, but is gentle enough for our 8-month-pregnant friend to ride him in the mountains. Good boy! Never afrais to take on a challenge, there’s nothing this man can’t tackle.
Known also by his “stage name”- Candente Bailarin- Buzz was so nicknames because of his personable nature. He is a “pocket pony” with gorgeous primal markings and a tendency towards hard-headedness. His flashy moves and colorful coat make him the star of any gathering!
Why We're So Crazy
Our beloved Paso Finos are high-powered pieces of well-trained machinery. We love every part of them from their highly-evolved, occasionally temperamental brains to their brio-filled personalities and because we prefer to ride horses instead of climb mountains, we truly appreciate their smaller stature. With push-button technology and seamless gear changes, these well-gaited beauties will last a heck of a lot longer than a new Corvette- and they're much more fun to drive. Our all-weather, all-terrain tires carry us through mud and rock, up mountains and down valleys. We perch ourselves on the sides of mountains and swim across sandy fords. There's only so many places you can see on bike, train, plane or car, so our ponies take us where other transportation can't. Besides, they enjoy the views just as much as we do. Although we're never quite sure where our adventures may take us, wherever we end up, we're on good hooves with our steady-eddie-ready-freddie Paso Fino mounts.
Compact and resilient, our Pasos are the perfect solution to a life of dreary, monotonous riding. We sprint (canter), we jog (corto), we walk (...walk). Sometimes, we talk- and that freaks everyone out.
Who needs 4-wheel drive? We have all terrain tires for feet and we're not afraid to use them! Up mountains, down valleys, across hill and dale- we've even been known to visit the cows next door (don't tell anyone).
We've got style for miles and we don't care who knows it! Our blended ancestry consisting of the fashion-forward Andalusian, the untiring Barb, and the medieval jennets gave us our whimisical beauty, our silky-smooth gait, and our unstoppable stamina. We come with accessories and fancy saddles, we love new bridles and adore all the saddle bags we can carry... just please promise you won't put those silver sparkled boots on us anymore!
Wait... there is no bounce. You must mean The Gait. With our 4-beat gait, we're smoother than Elvis's pink Caddy- and a sight prettier, too. Our seamless gear changes make it difficult for "outsiders" to see where our all-wheel-drive corto ends and our overdrive gear- the largo- begins. Don't worry- we'll show you how it's done. You can even sip champagne without spilling a drop while we do.
Stickshift C. Derrick
Sorry we’ve been AWOL for so long. This past year we’ve been on quite a few adventures! The Rodeo Clown finally married the Hunter Gatherer, we completed some outside projects on the ranch, acquired a few new mobile pasture “decorations”, and collected some new toys for the ponies’ pleasure. We’ll be posting our adventures as we go along, Read more about Adventures in a Sandy Oasis: Singletree Annual Girls’ Ride 2016[…]