The Animals

Next to our customers our animals are the most important thing on the Ranch. We not only have about 20 horses we also have lovable dogs and cats.
All the horses are schooled on the Ranch, where we develop a closeness and trust between horse and rider. Safety is of the utmost importance and we can only offer this if we can trust our horses.

We have developed our own method through years of experience. The horses are first trained to recognize body language, the horse is then walked without rider behind the more experienced horses so they are never pressured or made nervous. After this the horse is introduced to saddle and then rider.

It is necessary to accustom the horses to everyday noises and distractions e.g. Barking dogs, traffic noise and sudden unexpected movements. The horses are schooled daily with regular treks through mountainous countryside and across riverbeds etc. to maintain their sure footedness. The Western style saddle in our opinion give the utmost comfort and safety to horse and rider alike on long day treks.

Gentle
Ten lynx
Estrela

Born in 1997 our stallion besides our quarter horses is the most magnificent horse on the Ranch. He is a crossed Lusitano / Arab just made for our western style trails, he is sure footed and bold.


Born in 1998, he is an Alentejan Quarter horse, 161/2 h.h. full of all the good qualities of his bread.

Her Portuguese name means "Star" the name is very apt. she was born in 1996, a spirited horse she has a wealth of experience through her daily trails in the countryside, she has become a popular ride with our clients.
India
Boneca
Lady

Also a Lusitano mare she has been with us since 1998 and she knows her way around all our trails, she has a very smooth gait, whether walking, trotting, or at the gallop. she is 15 h.h. an ideal horse for everyone.

She has been with us since 1995 and is a very capable part bred Arab mare, she is 15 h.h. is the perfect horse for anyone with experience in Western Riding.

Is a Lusitano pony, 14 h.h. she is a dream to ride, for beginners and experienced alike.
Vaidosa

Memphis

             Died in March 2015


We shoe our own horses on the Ranch so if your favourite horse should ever loose a shoe it can be replaced straight away so you have no need to miss out riding your chosen favourite.


A Haflinger Gelding, he is the only one of his breed on the Ranch, 15 h.h. Memphis is a very comfortable horse to ride, his smoothness at the trot compares to sitting in an old rocking chair. He is a great favourite of our guests.
Sugar
Apache
Shakira



Shadow
Dakotah
Puenktchen



Yukon und Missouri
Bonita
Shawnee




Cheyenne
Mandel
Nashville



Rocky 2
Ron
Sweety 2



Not forgetting our dogs. Some of which join us on our trails, they help to make the Horse Shoe Ranch what it is.
And of course our cats.

Boomer
Cowboy
Sweety



Menina
Rocky
Fly ( Superdog )



Henriette
Henry
Monkey