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Santiago has been here the longest. He can be a little clumsy at times, he is by far the nosiest of the Pasos and can figure out about any lock. Given a calculator he would probably make a good engineer. Santiago has a pastern problem and is now retired at 24.

Santiago

Paso Fino Horses

The Paso Fino is a naturally-gaited light horse breed dating back to horses imported to the Caribbean from Spain. Pasos have a smooth, natural, four beat, lateral ambling gait. Paso Fino means 'fine step'. The breed is a blend of the Barb, Spanish Jennet, and Andalusian horse and was bred by Spanish land owners in Puerto Rico and Colombia to be used in the plantations because of their endurance and the comfortable ride they provided. All Pasos share their heritage with the Peruvian Paso, the American Mustangs, and other descendants of Colonial Spanish Horses.  


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Max, my very best compadre, died in September of 2014. I cannot get myself to take his picture off the website. He is still missed very much. Max, you are the best!

Canario (“Max”)

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Trooper is the leader of the gang. In other words he is on top of the “pecking” order. Although he is the oldest of the four, he has great stamina and will krun all day along the fence when his girlfriend Lukie is out and avout. He is quite large and bony for a Paso Fino.

Tropero (“Trooper”)

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Fuego is the “baby” of the group. When he came to us as a four year old he had apparently not had horse buddies before. Pecking order had to be learned. He is surprisingly laid back for a Paso Fino and would probably fall asleep on the trail if he was alone.

Fuego

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Lukie was a mal nourished rescue horse when we got her. She is now a spunky but gentle giant who likes trail rides. That rider by the way is 6’4” tall!


We named her Lukie after our dear friend who died of breast cancer and always had an open heart and an open door for animals or humans in need.



Lukie the Percheron Mare

Our five year old red roan BLM mustang gelding “Ronin” is extremely good hearted and laid back. He likes to work with people and had his first longer trail rides with fellow Mustang Raven and babysitter Lukie.

He even poses for selfies with visitors.

Ronin (BLM Mustang)

Zavorine is our BLM burro. She is gets along with everybody but prefers to hang with her girlfriend Vally. 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 and loves to be brushed! Who knows, maybe some day we’ll give her a job. Like pulling a cart to go to the grocery store...

Zavorine (BLM Burro)

Cadence is the now 3 years old colt of Lukie (the Percheron) and an unknown sire (possibly a Belgian). He looks like he is going to be a tall fellow! He is in training by Amy, our colt (or teenager) specialist and learning steadily. He is very smart and willing.


Cadence, son of Lukie

Raz is our newest Paso Fino. He is a 8 year old gelding. We are not quite sure what he did in his past but he was sold to us as “afraid of trees”. He is quite the chicken when it comes to the scary outdoors. He is very comfortable though. We’ll get him all chilled :-) eventually.

Rasputin (“Raz”)

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“Vally” is the most beautiful horse here. She is a “blond” but very smart Peruvian Paso and has a wonderful expression. She is 8 years old but has not had many years of training. She is a little skittish but super comfortable to ride. Here she is with her biggest fan on a little stroll through the neighborhood.

Mona Valerosa Sonadora “Vally”

Our five year old beautiful black BLM mustang gelding “Raven” is almost stealing Vally’s show with his stunning long mane and impressive posture. He came to us earlier this year (2015) and has been trained by his human bestest friend Sarina. They both are so close you could not stick a paper in between them.

Raven (BLM Mustang)

Picking up Wild Raven in Florence:

Bureau Of Land Management (BLM) Mustangs and Burros

The mustang is a free-roaming horse of the American west that first descended from horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish. Mustangs are often referred to as wild horses, but because they are descended from once-domesticated horses, they are properly defined as feral horses.

In 1971, the United States Congress recognized that "wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people." In the 21st century, mustang herds vary in the degree to which they can be traced to original Iberian horses. Some contain a greater genetic mixture of ranch stock and more recent breed releases, while others are relatively unchanged from the original Iberian stock, most strongly represented in the most isolated populations.

The free-roaming mustang population is managed and protected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Controversy surrounds the sharing of land and resources by the free-ranging mustangs with the livestock of the ranching industry, and also with the methods with which the federal government manages the wild population numbers. A policy of rounding up excess population and offering these horses for adoption to private owners has been inadequate to address questions of population control.  


Percheron

The Percheron is a breed of draft horse that originated in the Huisne river valley in western France, part of the former Perche province from which the breed takes its name. Usually gray or black in color, Percherons are well-muscled, and known for their intelligence and willingness to work. Although their exact origins are unknown, the ancestors of the breed were present in the valley by the 17th century. They were originally bred for use as war horses. Over time, they began to be used for pulling stage coaches and later for agriculture and hauling heavy goods. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Arabian blood was added to the breed. Exports of Percherons from France to the United States and other countries rose exponentially in the late 19th century, and the first purely Percheron stud book was created in France in 1883.