running horses in the field

Meet Our Ranch Horses

Because we practice natural horsemanship at our ranch here in Kamloops, our horses are level headed and responsive on the trails. Ridden bitless with Bosals or Hackamore bridles.

Meet our herd of Ranch Horses below. They can’t wait to head out for a trail ride with you!

Blacky, 26 yr old Standard-bred Gelding:

Blacky is our indisputable herd leader, very wise and calm cool and collected. We retired him in 2016, due to arthritis in his hind legs. Still a great babysitter for the little kids who get pony rides in the arena and can help grooming him.

Jewel, 11 yr old Palomino QH Mare:

Jewel has had an extensive training at the ranch and tested us with her left brain introvert character. She surprised us many times by letting us think her being stubborn while she was actually afraid.  We learned a lot from her, and she has become a great trail horse for our guests.

Billy, 6 yr old QH Gelding:

Beautiful calm and responsive quarter horse, born here at the ranch. He has been exposed to extensive training in Natural Horsemanship. We finished the first rides on Billy in 2020. Bernadette hopes he will become her horse partner and a true feather horse.

Rock Star, 16 yr Palomino Mustang Gelding:

Rocky amazes us with his beautiful character. He is an awesome trail horse who neck reins, loves to jump, and in the herd he plays a lot with Raven to test ‘who is who in the Zoo!

Brandy, 22 yr old Rocky Mountain Mare:

Brandy is our Cadillac when it comes to smooth trail riding. She offers the running walk instead of trot, which is an extra gait for Rocky Mountain breeds. Very responsive trail horse and a dream to ride for the experienced rider. In the herd she is the bossy alpha mare and in a true relationship with Black.

Spartacus, 14 yr old American Paint Gelding:

Our volunteer Sarah named him, and yes he still has this very cute face. He is a great trail horse and has a beautiful trot and canter.

riding with ropehalter

Noha, 20 yr old QH Mare:

We rescued Noha in November 2015 and she graced us with Billy on April 13 2016. Noha was a broodmare all her life, and never experienced keeping a foal for so long. Noha is making huge progress with her training as a Wrangler horse, see our blog

Storm. 18 yr old Tennessee Walker Gelding:

Our biggest boy 16.3 hh. With a beautiful trot and canter. Storm loves to cuddle and groom and is usually to be found around Cochise when in the herd.

Buck, 17 yr old Standard-bred Gelding:

Bucky is an insecure big horse, ridden most of the time by Bernadette in the front! He came from the race track and sadly deals with trauma from bad horse handling (He lost half his tongue). Has a lovely brisk walk, which is great for keeping the right pace for group riding.

Spurr, 16 yr old QH Gelding:

Good ol’ Spurr with his dreamy eyes. He is obsessed with food, which is not good for him, so we have to separate him sometimes from the grazing herd. All our volunteers are instantly in love with him and spend undemanding time with him, when he is not on the trail rides.

Chip, 30 yr old Appaloosa Gelding:

Chip still thinks he is a teenager when in the herd, and loves to play fight with the younger ones. We retired him in 2020. He is a great pet and kids love to sit on him or groom him.

Bella, 9 yr old Canadian / Paint Mare:

We added Bella in 2018 to our herd. A young beautiful big black mare who settles in nice. We started natural horsemanship with her in the fall 2018 and already ride her bitless. She is very sensitive and quite perceptive to different things but likes to please. Bella will become a solid trail horse with more miles and exposure.

Natural Horsemanship Holiday BC

Cochise, 20 yr old Paint Gelding:

Cochise is a 15.2 hh trail horse who is quite sensitive and super responsive to aids. Lovely canter and trot! He loves to buddy up with Storm when in the herd.

Thor, 10 yr old Fjord Gelding:

Thor arrived at the ranch fall 2016 and tried to become leader of the herd, but wise old Blacky didn’t allow him yet! Maybe in a few years when he becomes wiser and more mature!  Thor has become a solid trail horse / pony, who loves to jump over little logs and small water crossings!

Ace, 16 yr old Rocky Mountain Gelding:

Ace helped me in my Natural Horsemanship journey. Being a left brain introvert  he gave me many puzzles to solve. He discovered how to open gates with his nose, loves treats and likes to play fight in the herd! Solid Rocky Mountain gelding and very smooth on the trails.

Yukon, 6 yr old Mustang Colt:

Yukon is our BC Wildie! We rescued him from the Washington border where he roamed with 7 other babies. This journey is very fascinating for all of us, since he was truly wild and untouched before he arrived at the ranch. With lots of patience, love language and leadership he has blossomed and trusts humans which has made us better teachers. He brought many gifts to the herd. With his presence in the herd, even the timid horses develop more play and exuberance!

Easy, 23 yr old Tennessee Walker Gelding:

Easy still thinks after all these years that Brandy is his momma, which she is not plus she doesn’t even like him. Easy is gaited and super smooth on the trails. Very light and produces a dream canter! We retired Easy in 2020!

Raven 9 yr old Percheron / Canadian Gelding:

In August 2018 we bought this young Big Black Percheron Gelding. Raven is a gentle giant who is learning all the natural horsemanship aids, but still green on the trails and still adapting to life in a herd environment. (Before he came to us he lived an isolated life with Bella)

Raven and Bella