Lukie ♀

Percheron, Draft mix, Rescue

Born: 2003
Gottcha-month: June 2012
Relation: Mother of Cadence

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We got a call from a neighbor asking if we had room to take in a starved horse from a group that she had just found and rescued in the area. Of course, we said “yes”! That’s when Lukie showed up with her foal. She was our first draft horse, a Percheron, and because she was severely malnourished, she needed a LOT of food. Only later did we discover that she had ingested so much sand, that it was hard for her body to utilize the whole nutritional value of the food. It took a whole year to get her to a rideable condition and she soon became Glen’s horse. She is the perfect trail boss! Point her nose in the direction you want to go and then let her take over. She loves to be in charge and she is great at it! She has a very steady pace and is sure footed. She has done the DC ride (100 miles of rugged Wild West in 4 days) at least half a dozen times since coming to us and has only now retired from long rides due to a chronic soft tissue injury. She has also made it through a colic surgery since coming to us and a MRSA infection. She is a champ and has a huge personality. I could not imagine a better horse to take care of Glen!

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Fuego ♂

Paso Fino, Titled

Born: 10. April 2001
Gottcha-year: 2005

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Fuego came to us to be my sister’s “pony”. He is a papered Paso Fino but he is excellent at disguising himself as an Islandic. He did not grow up in a herd and had a bit of a time adjusting to the herd life because his “language” skills were lacking. He got pushed around a lot, especially because he liked to nip everybody (horses and humans alike) but wasn’t much of a dominant personality. He soon became the goto horse for beginners and he is our “baby sitter” to this day. He takes great pleasure in not moving forward when he senses that his rider is insecure. Once on the trail or in a group, he is always dependable and mellow, happily taking up the slow rear.

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Odin ♂

Draft mix, Rescue

Born: May 2007
Gottcha-month: April 2016

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Formerly Kodiak, Odin was rescued by Equine voices as a young colt from a PREMARIN facility in Canada. (If you don’t know the story about PREMARIN, please look it up here: https://www.gentlegiantsdrafthorserescue.org/pmu-industry/ or elsewhere.) He had been living with his dam and a few other rescued PMU mares in a pen and was well taken care of. But he didn’t really have anything to do. We brought him home and started working with him slowly. He was 10 years old and never really had any training. He was quite skittish, which can be a challenge with an animal his size! We are still determined to get him under saddle. In the meantime he is the proud adoptive parent of “the twins” and he is everybody’s favorite because he likes to snuggle. He is some Belgian, Percheron, draft mix.

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Ronin ♂

BLM Mustang, Reveille Herd (NV)

Born: 2010
Gottcha-day: 19. May 2012

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Who started it all? Of course, we had horses since we moved here but they were all gaited. One day Glen instigated that we get a BLM mustang. We both didn’t have a clue how to treat a wild horse, let alone train one. But Ronin ended up on our property from a local BLM auction. Luckily, he has a great sense of humour and also never tried to harm himself or his humans. He basically taught me what a Mustang is and what I have to do. He sent me on a very long journey to become a horse trainer. Today he is my best friend and riding buddy. Still having his sense of humour and still capable of getting the rider off if he really feels it is necessary. He is the best mount anybody could wish, and I am so happy he happened to show up in my life. With Ronin we fell in love with wild horses and started training them. And with that he has really changed my life!

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Keanu ♂

Tribal Mustang

Born: May 2017, Rescue Horse
Gottcha-day: 17. August 2017

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When I attended a foal gentling clinic in Bend, OR, I was assigned to a very little young foal who was very scared and tried to defend himself at all cost. This is understandable as we learned later, that the babies had been put through a ritual on the reservation where they are wrestled to the ground by young children. By the end of the week the foals were all on their way to their new homes with the basic training we provided. A couple weeks later I got a phone call from the new owners telling me that they could not keep him. Of course, I adopted him on the spot! He had to stay in Oregon for a few months because he was not well enough to be shipped to Arizona. When he arrived, his ne brother Friday had already arrived a couple of weeks ago and they bonded quickly, becoming the “twins” and being silly foals. He started growing a LOT and looks like he will be a tall gentleman. He likes to tease everybody but other than that he is pretty laid back and not much of an instigator. We did a DNA test on him and he has clusters of Quarterhorse, French Saddlebred, and Holsteiner.

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Friday ♂

BLM Mustang, Ceadar Mountain (UT)

Born: June 2017
Gottcha-day: 17. December 2017

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Friday is a branded BLM Mustang from Cedar Creek, UT. He basically showed up at the right time to be Keanu’s brother, so they can play together. He had a rough start in life, lost his mom, got gelded, and transported to Arizona at a very young age all within a short time. When he arrived here he was a little sick but already showed how resilient he was, basically telling us from day one that he is just going to take care of himself no matter what. He does not have to be shown where the food or water are, he just finds it. He does what he needs to do to be a happy horse. That’s is approach to training also. He is very willing to learn but he wants to have a say as well in how things are being done. We did a DNA test on him and he has clusters of Caspian, Lipizaner, and Peruvian Paso.

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Zavi ♀

BLM Burro, B-Caf (CA)

Born: April 2012
Gottcha-month:  February 2013

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Zavorine is our little Sweetheart. She gets along with everybody. Alpacas are her hobby but if left alone with them she will chase them all over the place - which of course they don't appreciate. She loves carrots, treats and to be brushed! Sometimes we go for walks with her or do some little exercises in the roundpen. We had kids riding her and she was super sweet with em. But always be prepared; that burro can be super cute in one moment but also extremely stubborn in the other. Who knows, maybe some day we'll give her a job, like pulling a cart to go to the grocery store....

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Trooper ♂

Paso Fino, Titled, RETIRED

Born: 9. May 1991
Gottcha-day: 11. January 1999

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Trooper is our oldest horse (close to 30) and a Paso Fino. He is the undying patriarch of the group. We don’t ride him any more due to his old age and bony structure. When it comes to telling the other equines who’s boss though, Trooper sure acts like a 5-year-old stallion. He likes to chase other horses around and if put in a pen with another horse of his dominance, there would be a fight to serious injury. With humans he is gentle but stubborn. Definitely a lot of personality and has become the favorite of quite a few of our guests as well just being who he is.

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Whiskey ♂

BLM Mustang, Divide Basin (WY)

Born: 2015
Gottcha-day: 16. November 2018

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Pablo ♂

BLM Mustang, Calico Mountains (NV)

Born: 2011
Gottcha-month: September 2018

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Raven ♂

BLM Mustang, Salt Wells Creek (WY)

Born: 2011
Gottcha-day: 23. January 2015
Owner: Sarina

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Raven came to us in 2015 for training. He was a real challenge and completely wild when we got him as our first TIP Horse. In the herd he is more the dominant horse and in charge of him getting his food. He made a lot of progress and his owner really loves him. He might be bossy with the horses but with her he is a real softie.

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Jackpot ♂

BLM Mustang, Maverick-Medicine (NV)

Born: 2014
Gottcha-day: 16. November 2018
Owner: Sarina

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Cadence ♂

Percheron cross

Born: March 2012
Gottcha-month: June 2012
Owner: Amy

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Cadence is a Percheron cross and is the son of Luckie. He arrived at the ranch when he was 3 months old and unhandled and distrusting of humans. He is extremely curious, brave, clumsy, and always looking for a new challenge. He has a dominant personality and is near the top of the pecking order. His curious and inquisitive nature means that if there is trouble to be gotten into, he will be there. He is also owned and trained by the daughter of the ranch owners.

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Kilchii ♂

Navajo Quater Horse

Born: 2016
Gottcha-day: 13. December 2016
Owner: Amy

Kilchii is a Navajo Quater Horse coming off the Navajo Reservaiton in northern Arizona. He was born in March at Equine Well Being Rescue in Snowflake, AZ before being adopted out to another home and eventually at Healing Hearts Animal Rescue where he was adopted out to his forever home with us. He has a calm and curious demeanor and is always looking for trouble. He loves anything that will make him think and play. Kilchii excels at clicker training and is always looking for the next challenge. He has a submissive personality that puts him lower in the pecking order. He is owned and trained by the daughter of the owners of the ranch.