The Horses on this page are available for adoption as riding horses.
These horses are either currently in training working toward saddle training, OR they have completed their saddle training.
These horses are not seasoned riding horses unless so listed.
The Training Level Progress Report for each horse is posted in the listing.
Possible adopters are encouraged to review the videos and the Progress Reports to help you decide if this horse is a match for you.
If you are interested in a horse that is currently at the trainer and wish to observe the horse during a training session, please make arrangements through the FCER office to do so.
Dude is a big, fine fellow, about 18 years old. He's gentle and easy to be around. He's very secure in himself and the world he's lived in. That being said, the world he's lived in hasn't been that expansive! While he's very confident in the corrals, he's had little, if any, experience outside in the real world. His life seems to have been in a shoebox. Take away that security blanket of the arena fence and he can get troubled. He's never offered to buck, but he can get very "big" underneath his rider. He'll need a good, confident rider that can operate his feet in those times instead of one that tightens up and tries to subdue them. His first day outside the corrals here on the ranch, he was breathing and sweating like he'd just ran the derby within a 100 yards of leaving the gate! Bushes, rabbits, dogs, small ditches, uneven ground, all was of great concern for him. He wasn't jumpy and spooky, just very troubled. His thought was to get himself back to the house, though to his good natured credit, he did stay mindful of me being up there instead of checking out mentally and saving himself. By allowing me to operating his feet through the "life" he was producing, he found a way to relax and come through. He made progress daily after that. That anxious interval at the beginning would shorten and the relaxed time out riding was lengthened. There is alot he hasn't seen out there and he's come to greatly rely on the leadership of his rider to let him know it's all gonna be fine and help him through. He doesn't need to be ridden daily, although that would be most beneficial, but at this point, purposefully ridden with consistent emphasis on relaxation - building his confidence and trust by a competent rider. It's not all work, though. It's riding with compassion. He's a really good guy and he'd make a greatly rewarding project and a wonderful friend.
ADOPTION FEE FOR DUDE IS $450
Cee Cee is a 12 year old Paint gelding. He is currently finishing up saddle training and is making great progress. Cee Cee stands about 15 HH and weighs about 1000 lbs. The right partner for Cee Cee is an experienced rider who knows how to set boundaries. His adoption fee comes with 4 riding lessons with a professional trainer. He is current on vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating and farrier work.
Adoption Fee for Cee Cee is $800
Queenie (aka Nizhoni) is that rare horse which is calm by nature, gentle, and forgiving of human missteps. She is a lovely little mare with a sweet face and a sweet demeanor. She does not have a mean bone in her body. Queenie appreciates being treated with respect; both on the ground and in the saddle. She is easy and sensitive to ride. She has a good feel for what the rider wants and is willing to give that, provided the rider knows what he/she wants and can clearly convey that. In her training so far she has been mainly ridden in arena and round-pen at walk & trot, as well as out on walkabouts. Unless spooked or provoked she has no great desire to run fast. We ride her in a snaffle bit and she yields at the poll when asked gently. However, if the rider gets rough or hard handed she will brace in resistance and shake her head. Queenie willmake an intermediate rider a real nice trail horse. She was running with a band of wild horses when captured, although she has some obvious domestic breeding. We estimate her to be about 8 years old, about 15 HH and about 900 lbs. Queenie is currently in the “Chance For A Lifetime” Program and being shown to prospective adopters by Erica Hess and Joost Lammers at For the Heart of the Horses Ranch in Santa Fe.
To make an appointment to see Queenie please call 505-474-5480
Adoption Fee for Queenie is $800
Includes lessons for Queenie and Adopter with Erica and Joost.
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