Once they make it here, they stay with us forever: the horses at Echo Valley Ranch. Every ranch animal has the right to live a long and healthy life – and thus also to die in dignity and at home. This is Norm‘s and Nan‘s credo. Our eight new horses thus, can look forward to a promising future.
Horses are the bedrock of Echo Valley Ranch and surely one of the reasons why many of our guests come back every year. Sixteen reliable guest horses and nine retired horses plus one donkey make the ranch what it is: the ideal place to spend an outstanding family ranch vacation. However, our horses are not getting any younger. This is why we were thrilled to welcome some new horses at EVR this spring.
The Spring Newbies
The new horses could not be any more different: regarding their looks, ages, levels of training and characters. They are not guest horses yet, but with a little more training, they all have that potential. The wranglers at Echo Valley Ranch work hard to turn the newbies into reliable guest horses by training them and getting them acquainted with the trails. Some of them will already be used for guest rides next season. In all, eight new horses came to the ranch this spring. Some of them arrived in April, the others in May. They all are settling in nicely and are very happy with their new home. Therefore, it is time to take a closer look at our new family members…
Biscuit (4th horse from the right)
The nine-year palomino is an eye catcher: he is tall and … well, fat. However, here at Echo Valley Ranch, Biscuit follows a strict diet and exercise regime and has already lost a lot of weight. One could say that he is Echo Valley’s very own “Biggest Loser“ and we are all very proud of him. Another bonus point: Biscuit’s saddle fits him much better now! In marked contrast to his weight, Biscuit is fast. Super-fast even. He loves to run and easily leaves all the other horses in the dust. In addition, Biscuit comes from a working ranch and is already a professional so to speak.
Foxy and Sassy (3th and 4th horse from the right)
The two cute Quarter Horse half-sisters are among the youngest horses on the ranch. Both 6 years old, the sisters have come a long way in the recent months due to consistent training. They will make great guest horses one day.
Lacy (2nd horse from the left)
A nine-year old Clyde-cross mare, Lacy is well balanced. She is reliable, a comfortable ride and is already used for guest rides this season. Maybe not the prettiest among the new horses, but extremely lovable nonetheless.
Paris (3rd horse from the left)
The five-year old Appaloosa mare is the baby of the family. Just like her name, Paris is very pretty but also somewhat of a diva. She is, however, a comfortable ride and, with a little more experience, she will make a beautiful guest horse.
Monty (4th horse from the left)
The eight-year old Quarter Horse gelding came to the ranch together with Paris. He is the most sensitive one among the newbies. Once he has come to trust you, however, he is an excellent horse: well trained, fast and most of all very powerful.
Red Rocket (1st horse from the right)
The mama‘s boy among our horses. Even though he is already eight years old, Rocky spent most of his life out in the field with his mom before coming to Echo Valley Ranch. Being a big cuddly baby, he still has a lot to learn…
Tipi (1st horse from the left)
The seven-year old Appaloosa gelding is the jokester of the group. We are not even sure that Tipi knows he is a horse. Always in high spirits, he makes us laugh quite a lot and is always up to something. With a little more training, he will soon make a fine guest horse.
At Echo Valley Ranch, we are already looking forward to next season when our guest will be able to try out all the new horses. We hope that they will have as much fun with them out on the trail rides as we are having right now training them and showing them the ropes.
- Working With The Horses in Winter
- Training Horses During The Winter Months
- Signs Of Spring Arrive At The Ranch
- Farrier Trims Horse Hooves to Prepare For New Season
- Introducing Echo Valley’s Wrangler and Horse Trainer Nareela