Born in 1996, Red was once an agile and speedy mount who worked the Rodeo circuit as a Barrel Racing Horse. He faithfully carried his previous owner to many victories until younger and faster horses began to over take him. The Ranch was lucky to have Red join our barn in his golden years. Trustworthy and faithful, he is – truly a friend to anyone he develops a relationship with. Arriving at The Ranch as a sorrel, as he’s aged Red has developed more and more white spots or “freckles” characteristic of his Colonel Freckles Quarter Horse bloodlines and parentage.
Born in 1984 (or earlier), Albert has been with The Ranch long before it opened as a treatment center, when it was solely a ranch and beef production operation. A steadfast sentinel, Albert has protected the newborn calves against predators such as coyotes and wild dogs. Anyone who has worked with Albert knows his determination and strength, a trait – some may even call stubbornness. Clients have described Albert as a “Teddy Bear” because he is so loving and devoted. Did we mention he is also very vocal when he wants to get our attention? He loves to be involved and participate with all aspects of the equine program at The Ranch.
Born in 2002 and raised on The Ranch, Pistol began his career in equine-assisted psychotherapy when he was young, lanky and inexperienced. Remaining a “colt at heart” over the years, Pistol is always playful and loves to play horse games and “mock fight” with anyone who will join him, – especially his pal Little Man, another youngster in The Ranch herd. Pistol has become a client favorite as he is a beautiful and dependable equine team member.
Just don’t judge what this horse can do by his size alone – Little Man, born in 2005, often surprises us with his mischievous and creative sense of humor. He is the official horse greeter who comes to the gates to welcome newcomers to the barn. Little Man has proven to be an excellent teacher, helping clients better understand patience, boundaries, containment and nurturing. Our resident escape artist, Little Man shows off his talent for setting himself and his other horse friends free. He loves to go for trail rides with our clients and enjoys his buddy Pistol.
Born in 2001, Pepper Jack came to us after working on a Texas cattle ranch. Kind and willing, he is frequently used to introduce new clients to their first equine experience. Pepper Jack is gentle with big soft brown eyes that welcome even the most timid – first time barn guest. He remains attentive and aware on the trail, responding to his environment as he meets it.
Born in 1996, Hank is one of the longest Ranch residents. When his owners could no longer care for him, The Ranch veterinarian suggested he join the equine herd at the barn. Hank is known for schooling novice riders and others a bit fearful of working with a horse.
Born in 1990 and raised at The Ranch his entire life, Sonny. Formerly performed in the Hunter/Jumper equestrian discipline until an illness curtailed his show ring aspirations. Though he is no longer ridden, Sonny shows clients what being a horse is all about in the round pen and gently teaches anyone he meets about heart and spirit.
Born in 1993, Ranger came to The Ranch after retiring from his long career both in the Rodeo and working cattle. His size is impressive, and although he once dealt with ornery bulls and rodeo rough stock on many occasions, Ranger’s dimension is more an illustration of the size of his heart and his willingness to work with clients.
Born in 1999, Gemini was donated to The Ranch and arrived to mend from a shoulder injury suffered from his show jumping career. He acts a bit more like a dog – than a horse as he loves to follow clients and staff around and join in all the fun. A fast learner, once Gemini was back on his feet, it took no time at all for him to join with clients to school them on riding and equine therapy.
Since her arrival at The Ranch in 2003, much lore abounds regarding Kodak. One story says she was artfully smuggled in under the jacket of one of the River House men after a client weekend shopping excursion. Another tale is that she simply showed up one day, assuring everyone she was here to stay. Kodak remains loyal to her River House men, always following them to the main campus or the barn. She is known for bonding with special folks who sometimes struggle in their recovery journey, offering her special “Kodak” moment. She always role models good boundaries and barks when she is ready for you to pet her.
Dixie appeared at The Ranch as a stray puppy in 2005. She arrived in the company of another youngster who was very scared and in need of mothering. Dixie rose to the challenge consoling the lost pup until it was adopted by a family a few weeks later, which earned her a permanent home at The Ranch. She loves to play ball or fetch and enjoys spending time with the Hilltop ladies. Dixie can often be found in the company of her friend Bo who she also loves to herd.
Bo showed up at The Ranch in 2005 and became fast friends with the Hilltop and Lake House clients. Very affectionate and loving, Bo enjoys being petted and having his tummy scratched. With his Border Collie heritage showing through, he loves to fetch sticks, balls and almost anything that can be thrown. Bo’s only shortcoming is his attraction to local skunks, which dislike being pursued by him. It is always wise to approach Bo on a “sniff first before touching” basis as he often finds himself perfumed with “eau de skunk”. Dixie and Bo love to play together traveling between Lake and Hilltop, as well as the Medicine Wheel and Sweat Lodge.
Ozzie joined The Ranch in 2011 after being adopted from the Hickman County Humane Society, where he arrived as a lost pet. A Ranch staff member met him while in the care of a foster family, who adored him, and knew he would be a great addition to the women at Overlook. Ozzie is a happy and affectionate Chow mix. He freely seeks the attention of the Overlook gals and often selects one special person in each group whom he befriends for life.
An all American Tiger Cat, Hope Kitty arrived at Creek House shortly after it opened in 2011. The ladies had been considering the best pet for their house when she arrived and decided that Creek House would be her home. Hope Kitty is very content and shares her affectionate purr to let you know she is very happy and enjoys your company. The Creek House women adore her.