We are very proud of our four-legged working partners. We maintain a herd of about 40 registered Quarterhorses, Appaloosas, and Paints for our saddle horses and two teams of Belgian, two teams of Percherons and one team of shire-cross for our sleigh and wagon rides. Most of the horses are either born and raised right here on the ranch or born on one of Janice's brothers' ranches. The horses are worked with and handled at an early age to begin adapting them to their future uses. As two-year olds, we begin their official training, getting them used to the saddle and working them in the round pen. They then graduate to the arena, and then to some short trail rides. We use a training system called the "Basic Handle," founded by Monte Forman and Pat Wyse. This system creates a safe, responsive, and sensible horse. Of course, we carefully breed and maintain horses that have a disposition that lends itself to the guest ranch industry.
As three- and four-year-olds, these horses are used as mounts for our trail guides. Then, as five-year-olds, they begin their career as mounts for our guests. We use both mares and geldings and rotate mares in and out as they produce more offspring for our future string. Here is some more information about each of our horses:
J.R. Chicka Do – "J.R." is a Palomino Quarter Horse Gelding born May 12, 1992. J.R. was purchased from Janice's brother, Steve, as a two year old. He had not been on the ranch long before Janice and Roley's daughter, Danielle, laid claim to him as her personal horse. Danielle and J.R. turned out to be an amazing team, teaching each other along the way. Danielle used J.R. in 4-H for 11 years, used him for lessons, and now Danielle's daughter Emily enjoys riding and even showing this big beautiful boy.
Katie's Razzle Dazzle - "Dazzle", an Appaloosa mare born on May 25, 1995, is the second foal of Katie, the ranch matriarch. If you are an advanced rider Dazzle has the training and talent to give you a fun and exciting ride, or if you are a beginning rider she has the gentle attitude and quite manner perfect for a young or novice rider.
Dazzle's Palimino Chick – "Pali", the daughter of Dazzle, is a Palomino Appaloosa mare born here at the ranch on May 21, 2001. This little mare has gorgeous color, is athletic, and is ready and willing to do whatever you ask of her. Enjoy a relaxed, scenic ride down the trail or bring in a herd of cattle on Pali.
Kt Docs Just Peppy - This is a colt we are buying from the KT Ranch. KT Docs Just Peppy is a fancy colt by Just Plain Starlight and out of Docs Peppy Anna. Docs Peppy Anna is by Little Peppy Conger who is an NCHA money earner of $9,184.08. He has his NCHA Certificate of Ability, 1993 NWCHA Reserve Champion Open Horse LTE over $25,000. He is a son of Peppy San Badger. Little Peppy Conger's dam is Patty Solano has won $5,520.53 in NCHA and has won her COA. Just Plain Starlight is a son of Tamalight and is out of Wright on Sugarnic, winning of the Cascade Cutter’s Futurity. This is a great pedigreed colt with a pedigree including Tamalight, Lenas Wright On, Little Peppy Conger, Patty Solano and more. He has a big blaze, a white sock and roaning through his body and a coon tail. He is VERY uniquely colored. He was born 5/12/12.
Kt Double Cruiser - This is colt we are buying from KT Ranch. KT Double Cruiser is a chromy, palomino, fancy colt out of KT Major Shasta Dais and by Captains Double Coy. This colt is going to be phenomenal. He is big boned and has the breeding to take him places. Shasta is a palomino mare out of Totchie (Colors of Infinity) and Zinks Major Kid. This colt has a blazed face and 4 stockings. NFQHA eligible. He goes back to Sonnys OO Buck, Docs Superstar Bar, Major Bonanza, Skipper W, Major King and many more. Born 3/15/12.
Kt Colonel Of Chrome - Another KT Ranch colt. KT Colonel of Chrome is by Just Plain Starlight, and is he a fancy one. He is out of one of their favorite broodmares, KT Copper Doc Comet. He was born on 4/10/12. Comet was shown and ranch ridden and is a BIG mare. This is a big boned, great pedigreed colt with a pedigree including Tamalight, Sizzlin Hot, Lenas Wright On, Docs Dee Bar, King, Ed Echols. Lots of the modern breeding combined with some old greats. This should be a great cross with cow ability on both sides as well as agility. This colt has a big blaze with a spot in it, a dash over one eye and 4 tall stockings. NFQHA eligible.
KT Cactus Kid - This is another foal from the KT Ranch. KT Cactus Kid is out of Miss Cheyenne Social and by Zinks Major Kid. He was born 4/6. He is big boned, flashy, colored, and chromey. He has a big blaze and stocks. His breeding goes back to Tuff Continental, Jackie Bee, Imperial Dixie, Thirsty Blue Boy, Coy's Bonanza, Wimpy, Skipper W, Little Joe the Wrangler and more. NFQHA eligible.
Lil Starlight Peppy - Another KT Ranch foal, this is a fancy colt by Just Plain Starlight and out of Docs Peppy Anna. Docs Peppy Anna is by Little Peppy Conger who is an NCHA money earner of $9,184.08. He has his NCHA Certificate of Ability, 1993 NWCHA Reserve Champion Open Horse LTE over $25,000. He is a son of Peppy San Badger. Little Peppy Conger's dam is Patty Solano has won $5,520.53 in NCHA and has won her COA. Just Plain Starlight is a son of Tamalight and is out of Wright on Sugarnic, winner of the Cascade Cutter’s Futurity. This is a great pedigreed colt with a pedigree including Tamalight, Lenas Wright On, Little Peppy Conger, Patty Solano and more. He has a big blaze, three white socks, and a tail that is white on the underneath. He is VERY uniquely colored, tons of bone and size. These colts are born friendly and smart, with athletic ability. Docs Peppy Anna is a great producing mare that has proved her worth many times over. This is a great cross that has the pedigree to perform, but the size to also work a ranch. He was born 6/17/13.
Unfortunetly, from time to time we have a sad moment on the ranch and have to say good-buy to one of our special partners.
Will He Cowboy"Willie" is a Paint gelding born at Janice's brother's ranch on 1984. He was purchased by Roley and Janice in 1987 and has been a great addition to the ranch herd ever since. Listen to what Danielle, one of the wranglers, has to say about why Willie is one of her favorite horses: "If I am headed out to move cattle, horses, or people, I can always count on Willie to get the job done right. He has got the speed, power, and agility to chase down a stray cow, but he is laid back and level headed enough to mosey down the trail with a 6 year old on his back."
Native Chico – Registered Appaloosa gelding, Native Chico, was born in 1981 and purchased at age 17 in 1998. Native Chico was purchased for Isaac as a show and trail horse, and is now used on trail rides, youth camps, and shows. A great horse for the beginning rider. Chico was the kind of horse that never gave you any trouble and was very willing. In 2006 he was diognosed with cancer and had to be put down. He will always be remembered.
Little Driftn Peppy – "Peppy" is a Quarter Horse gelding born April 14, 1994. Peppy was previously owned and trained by Larry Smith, who was a great horseman and mentor to many of us here at the ranch. We were so honored to have the opportunity to purchase Peppy and have enjoyed every day we have owned him. He is extremely talented, willing, will go anywhere and do anything you ask of him.
We were sad to see Peppy pass on in the winter of 2012.