Read a little about each horse's history, personality and quirks that make them individual!
Because like most charities we only have a certain amount of space, we do occasionally adopt out horses that have been through our training programme. Horses with recurrent issues or are disabilities are with us for life.
Deserves his place as highest ranking; Big Red is a gentle leader and teacher to the young horses as well as being a lucky horse to have been owned by humans with empathy. He was diasgnosed with a joint issue meaning he could no longer compete and has come to the charity because he is very people orientated and being a young horse still needs stimulation which he recieves through clicker training and gentle exercise.
Before & after pictures to show how even gentle exercise can tighten the core and increase muscle mass.
Heather has come from a much loved home where daughter was going to university. She is in semi-retirement and we are very pleased to have such a wonderful, kind horse here. Not only does she help train the young riders, she also acts as Grandma to our youngsters helping them to learn boundaries!
She was adopted by one of our Trustees who fell for her on sight. You can learn more about Heather in our Natural Barefoot Works page, because she is a good example of what long term shoeing can do to hooves.
Famous little River was gifted to us but unknown to us he was a stallion! He is a very calm quiet boy since his operation and bottom of the herd in terms of rank. He loves to be fussed and groomed and will not surface to breathe if given a bowl of feed until it's all gone!
Another sad story of summer 2016, and a three day rescue of three abandoned horses. Momma and babies were caught by lasso by the team and taken back to the ranch for a couple of weeks chill time in the barn. With everyday handling the foals became very friendly and we are working away with Momma horse (Spirit) who will now let us catch her and pick up her feet. She enjoys coming out walking and we have started to put a saddle on her, although she still is a little head shy. We think someone has been rather brutal with her in the past which is heart breaking to think any horse be put through this, but this horse is the sweetest horse we have on the ranch and has never attempted to hurt anyone. A special little lady and we are all privileged that she allows us to touch her now.
*Pearl the baby now adopted
Little guy with the big attitude and love for life! Our first meeting with him was one of exhaustion, chasing him round a field after lassoing him and he got away,
very strong are foals!
He isn't scared now, quite the opposite he wants to be in on whatever you are doing and going through a delightful phase of nibbling clothes!
* Now adopted
It took the entire team an afternoon to perform this catch and rescue... Unhandled by his breeder he never had a chance to bond with humans. He has come such a long way and is maturing into a great little horse. He has made friends with the veterans who visit us on Fridays and he has decided he likes people very much afterall.
* Now adopted
Beautiful Marble came in to us with confidence issues; she had a clear mistrust of people although no one is certain what has happened in the past. Thankfully after months of clicker training which she really loves, she now enjoys human company and will be one of the first to greet you on arrival! She is a very sweet natured horse and has been with us for many years. A favourite with visitors and volunteers alike, Marble makes everyone smile.
* Now adopted
Another young horse, Promise came in with some behaviour concerns. She was very cheeky and had learned to pin her ears back to get what she wanted, and growing quickly in size she had become difficult to handle.
She spent the first few weeks in a stable and only handled by Jessie to whom she took boundaries and guidance from. Jessie soon realised that this horse was incredibly intelligent and hadn't been given a job. They started clicker training together and the list of tricks keeps growing. She is now trained under saddle and looking and acting very mature now, growing into a well mannered young lady.
Spice is a quarter horse who are renowned for being very placid, kind horses.
She was given to us because she had become institionalised to her routine and hadn't done anything other than been a companion in a field. She could not be loaded onto a trailer. After two years of unsuccessful attempts by others Saddle Up Ranch became involved and brought her home.
Quarter horses are well known for their kind and biddable nature, as well as extremly comfortable to ride long distance.
Rev is the reason that our founding members started on this path.
He was severly abused by humans which has had a lasting impact on him. He took many months to allow us to touch him and many years until he truly trusted humans. He is very sensitive and unlike any other horse we have worked with. Some days he is your best friend and other days he reverts to remembering what happened to him. The trauma he suffered at the hands of people will stay with him forever.
* Now adopted
Bright is a miniature Shetland pony and one of the nicest of her breed we have ever come across. She loves children and being involved in activities and is happiest when taken out for walks. She might be the smallest member of the herd but she can hold her own with the big ones! She often accompanies us to publicity events, demos and children's parties. She is rideable and has put many a smile on children's faces just by her huggable nature.
She has a very tiny authentic Western saddle and we had a bespoke bridle made to match. You can't help but melt when she is in her full get up!
Another ex-competition horse, this big rather large chap joined us with a diagnoses of tendon lameness.
After shoes off and months of hoof rehabilitation he is now riding out and an excellent example of how we can change the hoof shape and prevent and cure many problems.
Chris is a very nice soul, who only wants to please. He fancies the ladies a little too much but then it's probably because he is so handsome they are falling over themselves to get his attention!
Millie is one of the most stunning horses on the ranch and has the kindest heart. She has been adopted by one of our volunteers and the two of them are a joy to watch as they are very much in sync.
Millie was very much loved by her owners and when their daughter went to university they did not want her to go into the endless cycle of undervalued horses being passed from home to home.