Meet our horses!
Our beautiful horses are the heart of our trail rides, lessons and therapy. The barn is home to eleven experienced trail horses, each with their own personalities and skills. From the tiny old lady of the barn, Delight, to our gleaming star that is Jerusalem, there are horses to suit every skill level.
All of our horses are gaited, which means that they have a smooth, even ride with passion and personality, there is a horse to suit every skill level. Come stay with us and get to know our remarkable horses for an even more remarkable experience at Wildfire Ranch!
This little white unicorn is a 27 year old (about 75 in people years!) Arabian and Connemara pony. Standing only 14.3 hands, she is actually large for a pony, right at the cut-off between pony and horse. Delight has the fine-boned beauty and endurance that Arabians are famous for, but the calm obedience and sure-footedness of Connemara ponies. She was a champion show-jumper and mother of 5 foals before she came to us as a children's lesson horse. Delight is one of the most trustworthy horses we have, and has alrady taken many children on mountain trails in complete safety.
Glory is a Tennessee Walker, very eager-to-please and smooth to ride. Her riders absolutely love her because she is not easy to spook, respects her commmands and does not buck, rear or bolt. Glory had two babies beore she came to us, and was not even trained to ride. Within just 30 days she was one of our dependable trail horses. Glory is one of our horses that anyone can ride.
Not for the faint of heart, this black beauty is middle-aged at 16 years old, and a full-blooded Tennessee Walking Mare. Image was once shown competetively in modeling classes and seems to know that she is the "Jennifer Lopez" of the horse world! She is spirited and will only tolerate riders who know what they are doing. However, if you are confident, "Image is it," as one guest put it. She has a smooth Tennessee running walk, incredible canter, will steer by leg pressure alone, and is beautiful enough to turn heads wherever you go. Image is the total package and gives her riders trailrides that they never forget.
The flashiest horse in the barn, this magnificent beauty is a rare breed called a Friesian, one of the breeds that medieval knights used when riding into battle. Friesians are more muscular than our other breeds and naturally lift their legs higher when they move than other horses do. Jerusalem is extremely intelligent, picking up commands quickly and performing in both the ring and on trails. For people who know horses, she is the one that makes them stop and stare with a "Wow!"
Absolutely one of our most popular horses and the most demanded by our guests, Lincoln is a Missouri Fox Trotter gelding. Due to his magnificent coloring as a brown, black and white paint and his relatively rare breed, Lincoln was a breeding stallion until he was 10 years old. When he arrived at our ranch, he had only been ridden for two years but took to it as though he had been a trail horse for a decade. In fact, this boy is so dependable that we took him in parades to show off his even temperment and his glorious coloring!
Our stunning golden Palomino gets looks whever he goes, and has been nicknamed "Fabio" for his long golden hair. Sundance is magnificent under saddle, with a canter that could rock you to sleep. More spirited than Lincoln and Glory, we usually only put confident riders on him as he will test his riders sometimes with a sudden turn left or prancing in pace on the way back to the barn. Regardless, this golden boy is obedient enough to make him one of the most popular horses in the barn.
Phoenix Rising is a 12 year old Missouri Fox Trotter, the same breed as Lincoln. Phoenix is one of the tallest taller than Lincoln standing an intimidating 16 hands. But like Lincoln, Phoenix is very calm, non spooky and amazingly smooth-gaited to ride. Phoenix stands out as a stunning cremel0-palomino coloring. As a result, amongst our guests Phoenix is one of the most requested horses in the barn!
Genesis, also nicknamed 'Whiskey' is a stunningly beautiful breed called a "Spotted Saddle" horse. This breed is famous for their paint coloring, steady smooth gaits and calm demeanor. Genesis is a big boy, standing about 15.3 hands and sturdily built enough to carry 250 lb riders. He has covered hundreds of miles of trails and is one of the fastest horses in our barn (undefeated in races!). 'Whiskey' is also non-spooky and loves to take the lead on trail rides making him a favorite amongst our guests at the ranch.
Promise is a Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse, a breed closely related to Trinity and Montana our Rocky Mountain horses. She is 15 hands tall and gentle enough for 9 year old children to take out on trails. Promise is only 12 years old and smooth-gaited at the trot like all of our gaited horses. She also has a liquid smooth canter. We love Promise for being very beginner-safe for any rider!
By far the largest horse ever to grace Wildfire Ranch, Avatar is a 17.2 hand Thoroughbred gelding. He is pure white with grey and brown speckles covering his body. Avatar is a professional jumper and is used to train our students to jump fences for competition. This big gentleman never made it past his first race on the tracks as he is not a sprinter. This quiet quality makes him a perfect trail horse as well for our guests brave enough to climb on his tall back!
Providence is a stunningly beautiful Rocky Mountain Saddle Horse, standing 15.2 hands. She exhibits all the qualities for which her breed is famous including the unusual dark chocolate coloring with flaxen blonde mane and tail, sane-minded temperment and sure-footedness. Like all of our gaited horses, Providence trots with a smooth gait barely causing any bounce for the rider. She is gentle enough for beginners and has already become one of the most popular horses in the barn.
Standing just 14.2 hands Navajo is a stunning paint-colored pony. Her previous owners used her as a lesson horse and she is doing the same for small children at Wildfire Ranch. Like Providence, Navajo exhibits the qualities for which Paint horses are famous including the loud coloring, Quarter-horse build and unusual blue-black eye colors. She is a gentle pony and the children in our kids camps always fight over who gets to ride the 'Indian Pony.'