Meet the horses of Raven Rock Ranch
Spring Sport, “Sport”, a Thoroughbred, is our senior member of the herd. Protective and dominant with the other horses, he is kind and sweet with the kids. He has been with our family for many years, spending most of his life as my daughter’s event horse. He is still very athletic and strong. He has a natural ability to sense the needs of the child he is with and give them just what they need to inspire healing.
Bergitta (“Bergie”) is Sandy’s own Norwegian Fjord horse, is a star when it comes to liberty work. Her intelligence, kindness, and curiosity make her a favorite at Raven Rock Ranch. She is a super soccer player and loves playing any game at all!
Rusty is our veteran “horse counselor”. A registered Quarter horse, he is patient and kind to new, unsure riders which gives them confidence and joy. He came to us from a family who could no longer afford to care for him, but loved him dearly. It shows .His work with the kids is remarkable!
Rena is a rescue from the Wenatchee horse sale’s slaughter pen. Her breeder found himself overrun with too many horses and just dropped her off to be sold by the pound. She came to us from a caring and kind couple who saved her but couldn’t keep her. Her curiosity keeps her engaged and very responsive. Rena is very intelligent, and understands her job very well. She is part Icelandic and part Quarter horse. She is very responsive to children and adults alike.
Reo is a trusted partner for our facilitators. He has spent a large part of his life working in equine therapy, so he is sure and confident in his role here at RRR. He is an unusual breed called “Bashkir Curly”. Notice his curly forelock.
Rocky is a favorite of children who have a lot of fears. His quiet demeanor and kind, respectful attitude helps put everyone at ease. He is a sage “horse counselor” who cares for our children with joyful love.
Our little Ruby, just 13 hands tall, is cautious with adults, but giving and generous with children. Her small stature belies her giant heart and ever-trying spirit. She is resilient and forgiving. Ruby is a BLM (Bureau of Land Management) horse- in other words, a mustang. Though it has been some time since she was born on the range, she is rugged and a survivor. She has had some trials to overcome, but now has her forever home, where her difficult days are over.
Ruthie is our other Norwegian Fjord. This breed is perfect for therapy work, and Ruthie is a prime example of an intelligent, patient, lovely horse who only wants to serve us. The word most often used to describe Ruthie is “cuddly” as she is very sweet with the children, and many of our volunteers love her, too. Her beautiful, inquisitive eyes say it all.
Rufus and Rosy are definitely a “set” of two. They are inseparable as life-long friends, though they are not siblings. Rufus is a taller version of a miniature horse. This breed is NOT a pony, but a very, very small horse. Rufus is about 33 inches at the withers, and Rosy seems much smaller at about 27 inches at the withers. Just think, she is just a bit over 2 feet tall!
Rufus is a gorgeous bay gelding with an impish personality and curious nature. Rosy is all black and very sensitive to people and a bit bossy with Rufus. They are simply WONDERFUL with children of all ages who come to the ranch with so many fears and uncertainty. Even on your worst day, you can’t help but be happy when you are around these two cuties!