Those of you have been up to the center since we opened for 2015 will have noticed some new faces around the barn. Xenophon is grateful to have the use of two fabulous new horses. Ranger, an 18 year-old Palomino Morgan gelding arrived at the center in late January and is on loan to us from Roxanne Smith. Ranger is a big, very playful guy who seems very happy in his new job.
He loves people and seeks out attention. His curious disposition is endearing but has also made it necessary to remove all fly masks and halters from the gates, as his favorite thing to do it is play with them until he can get them off and then sling them around his paddock! Ranger is a great size for our taller riders and will be replacing Dandie in our herd.
Ruby, a 20+ years Quarter Horse mare, is as sweet as sweet can be. She comes to us with wonderful experience, having worked for years for SonRise Equestrian Foundation. She has been an all around show horse, taking her young owner, MacKenzie, to many shows throughout her riding career, with a trophy room of blue ribbons to show for it. Ruby’s smooth gaits will make her a favorite mount. She passed her therapy testing in record time and is already working in lessons.
She is also well on her way to becoming a hippotherapy horse, having picked up on long lining in a flash. We are very grateful to Ruby’s owners, MacKenzie and Laurie Gibbs, for the use of this wonderful mare.