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Juniper - DOB 2011

This beautiful little mare is small, but tough. She spent some time with Clint Mortenson early in training, but still has a ways to go. She has all the basics, but still has quite a bit of spook in her. Will require a small (she is 11hh) and advanced rider.

Tate - DOB 2009

A sweet lettle gelding who is a BLM branded mustang. Tate has just started under saddle and has had six great rides (November.) He has been nothing but willing and sweet. Tate has a sturdy conformation and good feet and should turn out to be a great trail horse. He will require an advanced rider and trainer until he gets several more months under saddle.

Rootbeer - DOB 2009

This pretty little mare is well broke and great going solo on the trails. However, she needs a confident rider who can see through her less-than-positive attitude. She has a tendency to play mean, but is soon to soften up and be loving. She is small (14.2 hh) and needs as similarly small rider for her dainty frame.

Tucker - DOB 2001

This is a tough gelding. He is very alert of new things, but has yet to get spooky or unwilling. He is learning to neck rein and rides out on trails alone. Tucker is a gentleman on the ground, and a great partner under saddle. Our vet evaluated him and he will need continued maintenance treatments for his hocks and with shoeing, but otherwise this guy is in great shape.

Echo - DOB 2000

Echo is an extremely athletic little mare. Like a sports car, she is low to the ground and responsive. Trail riding and keeping up with longer-legged horses is no problem for her, as she walks out really well and is sure footed. She is quick on leg and rein cues, and will need an intermediate rider who is aware to not get her worked up. Her back tends to get a bit sore, so a smaller rider would be best for this gal.

Dally, DOB 2012

This pretty gelding was in the trainer's challenge last year, and is coming along nicely. He has comfortable gaits and is very responsive to seat and hands. He is a sensitive horse and can be a bit reactive with a rider. Will require an advanced rider while he continues his training.

Dally is currently in training with Rudy Lara Jr.

Longfellow, DOB 2001

Longfellow is a 15'2 hh, handsome sorrel gelding. He is extremely well broke. He collects well and has a rocking horse canter. He is very nice to handle on the ground also. His only vice is to be a bit barn sour, so riding on trials alone is not on his repertoire yet. He is also a cribber, needs a supplement for Head Shaking Syndrome and will need to be kept shod on the front feet. He has a few problems, but a lot of love to give.

The Horse Shelter has a full time trainer on site to help make our horses more adoptable.The horses on this page are currently in various stages of training and their status will change quickly. Adoption fees range between $250 and $1,000. Please call our ranch manager Michele at 505.577.2193 for more information on these horses or to make an appointment to visit the ranch and meet them.

Due to the ongoing training and assessment the website might not reflect their latest status.

We would like to thank the Melville Hankins Family Foundation for their generous grants to fund our training program and help make our horses more adoptable.

Mateo - DOB 2011

Mateo is a blood-bay gelding who is in training with Stephanie Gershon at

He is very intelligent with a great disposition. Mateo can be ridden english, bareback or western and is a comfortable ride.

He has smooth gaits and natural flying lead changes.

Jaxx - DOB 2/16/99

Jaxx is a registered with the Jockey Club and is a very tall (at least 16 1/2 hands) dark brown gelding. He rides western and english, trail rides, and has done 3 day eventing in the past. He is currently in Foster Training with Gilly Slayter at Luna Rosa and is still available for adoption. He is a gem and easy to work with.
Great to vaccinate, worm, trim, trailer load and has not been a minutes trouble during his time with us.

Rocky, DOB 2007              

  Rocky is just being brought back into saddle training from several months off. He is a sturdy built thoroughbred who can be quite spooky, but gentles down nicely with consistent groundwork. We will update as training is continued.

Jeannie B. is my sponsor!

Adoption Pending

Wendy, DOB 2010              

 Wendy is a 7 year old, brown thoroughbred type mare. She has a lot of energy, does well on trails and has started on going over fences. Wendy will need an intermediate rider that is looking for a more forward going horse. She is currently in training with Gilly Slayter at Luna Rosa Stables.