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.
Most of our horses are 'gaited' which means an extra smooth ride with less bounce. Most public trail stable horses are elderly and are obviously worn out. Our horses have passion and personality making for a lively interaction for our riders during our trail rides. Come stay with us and get to know our remarkable horses for an even more life-changing 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!
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!
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.
Braveheart is a mix of Spotted Saddle and Morgan breeds. Although not gaited at the trot, his canter is so smooth it has been described as a flying carpet ride'. Braveheart is very athletic so he is being trained as a hunter jumper to teach our English riding lesson students who want to learn jumping. He is a 14 year old copper-colored gelding standing an impressive 15.2 hands. Braveheart is gentle enough for our beginner riders. Our guests love his curious personality as he loves to pull on zippers and buttons. Braveheart lived the first 14 years of his life in almost total seclusion with his dam (mother) in a wooded area. Now he is enjoying a new life working with his new herd family of horses.
This little gelding may be small at only 14 hands (pony size) but more than makes up for it with his fighter spirit! Strider is a Tennesse Walker gelding boasting a World Grand Champion grand-daddy. He has the royal blood lines of a champion and gaits endlessly when asked. He is obedient, yet spirited and well-loved by all who get to experience this little spit-fire. Strider seems to have the 'small-man' syndrome and won't put up with any bullying from the much larger horses.
Navajo is a 7 year old mix of Arabian and Tennessee Walker. He is extra tall for an Arabian-looking horse standing at 15.1 hands. He has the classic dish-shaped head of an Arabian but the body of one of our walking horses. Navajo is bit more spirited than some of our horses so better suited to intermediate riders. He is brave and has a very sane-minded temperment which makes him a fantastic trail horse. Navajo is extremely athletic so he is being trained for barrel-racing to teach our riding lesson students who are interested in learning this Western sport!