Boss Man, Heath Sasko's horse
Scout is an 8-yo Tennessee Walking Horse. He was sad, sick, and skinny when we chose him. We don't think he had much if any training. By funneling his energy and loving personality in the right direction, he has become one of our most trusted horses. He is also the youngest! (horses live on average 30-40 years)
Lady Boss, Rozanna's horse
Chief is a 12-yo Medicine Hat Mustang. He is striking and knows he's handsome! Chief was a tough nut to crack at first. It took a long time to earn his trust and love. He had a rearing problem when we got him, along with a bolting issue, and damage from rough handling to the roof of his mouth. With lots of time and patience, Chief and Rozanna are now inseparable partners. Chief will do anything for his human, Rozanna!
Star is an 11-yo grey Appaloosa mare. She is on the shorter side, making her a friendly choice for children and older riders. Star is the perfect "babysitter", truly taking care of her rider or riders. She will even stop if she feels her rider may be falling off! In Star's previous life, she was used to carry the American flag into rodeo openings! We're guessing slowly, because she doesn't like to go much faster than a trot.
Hoss is a 12-yo Missouri Fox Trotter gelding. He is gaited, meaning he has a fancy smooth way of moving his feet. Hoss is also known as "Sheldon" out here- he likes a routine exactly the same every day every time. One thing out of place and his whole day is storm clouds! Hoss is such a smart horse, and one of the best trail horses, picking carefully where he walks. He previously was a trail horse for a man in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.
Winchester is a 10-yo Belgian x Morgan cross. Being half draft horse, he is a pretty stout and very strong dude. Winchester has a VERY confident personality, and always wants to go on the trail rides. Previously, he pulled a carriage by himself in Raleigh North Carolina. When his elderly owner died, he ended up at auction where the Kill Pen bought him. Morgan horses, the other half of his DNA, were used as war horses during the Civil War, Battle of Little Big Horn, WWI and WWII. They are known for bravery. Winchester is named after the only survivor on the American side of the Battle of Wounded Knee, which was a Morgan horse, later awarded the Medal of Honor.
Copper is a 13-yo Tennessee Walking Horse from Oklahoma. He is the most educated with western reining and neck reins like a cowboy movie horse. His sweet, lazy personality makes him a favorite of guests. He is one of the horses we use to ride double or for very small children. Previously, he was a family's horse used for cattle drives and junior rodeos. Copper loves his new life and all the love (and snacks) he gets daily!
"Woody" as we call him for short is a 15 year old bay Quarter Horse. He was used on a cattle ranch most of his life, and competed in reining/cowhorse shows. He is quite the reining pro! After serving half his life, earning money for his former owners, they dropped him off at a kill pen near Dallas because he "couldn't pull an 8-hour day", and sustained a minor injury to his right knee preventing him from being a money-earner athlete any longer. We found Woody and snapped this sweet soul up! He is an awesome ranch/roping horse, and probably knows more about roping than we do!
Ranger is a 12-yo Medicine Hat Missouri Fox Trotter. He is our tallest horse, but also one of the laziest! Ranger completed our assessment program in a record 3 days instead of the typical 30. He is such an easy going love bug! Ranger loves doing anything or going anywhere with his humans. He rides double, even triple with little kids! He will even "frisk" you for cookies! Ranger was dumped off at the kill pen by his previous trail ride company owners because he developed an eye ulcer. They thought it would be expensive to treat. Lucky for him AND us, we snapped him up with his swollen eye. A week later, with a daily prescription ointment he was "healthy as a horse". He is a cool dude with one blue eye and one brown eye.
Teddy is a 12 year old brown Mini Horse. He is just 40" tall! While Teddy doesn't go along on the 3.5 mile trail rides, he loves being brushed and serves as our toddler's lesson horse. Yes, he has his own tiny saddle and headstall! Teddy tends to believe he is "herd boss" of the big horses.... and who are we to say any different? lol
Teddy is sweet and lovable like a teddybear, loves hugs, kisses, photos, horse cookies and generally being included in whatever activity is happening at the ranch. He is our "chocolate pony" that makes everyone's day brighter!