Meet Our Horses
Each one of the Halleck Creek Ranch horses has an interesting history and a unique personality. Meet the wonderful horses who are part of the Halleck Creek Ranch herd by reading below.
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Bella is a chestnut-colored Haflinger mare born in 2004. She was donated by an owner from Novato. Bella is short, sweet, and strong, making her a reliable mount for our younger riders.
Buddy was generously donated by Halleck Creek Rancher’s farrier, Rob Dunlap. Born in 1998, Buddy is a bay Quarter Horse gelding with gentle eyes and a loving heart. A very social gentleman, he loves connecting with humans and will nicker as you approach. He’s a favorite among our riders, one of whom said, “He just seems perfect for me.”
Born in 1999, Buck is a buckskin Quarter Horse who was donated by a private owner from Sonoma County. Buck was born in Wyoming and has years of experience as a ranch horse, but he has truly found his calling as a kind and gentle therapeutic riding mount. Because he has experience being neck-reined, Buck is an excellent partner for riders whose motor skills prevent them from learning direct-reining.
Coatsey is a Quarter Horse born in 2002. He was donated to our program in 2018 and quickly became a favorite of both volunteers and riders. As a former working horse on the Barboni Ranch, Coatsey gained lots of real-life experience that enables him to be incredibly patient, calm, and consistent when working with our riders.
Emmett is named after Emmett the Clown, and he certainly lives up to his name. Born in 2003 and officially designated the most playful horse onthe ranch, Emmett is a Paint horse with lots of personality, a bald white face, and captivating blue eyes. Donated by the same woman who gave us Jazzy, Emmett brings years of trail experience, steady feet, and lots of laughs to our program.
Finnegan (Finn) is an Irish Sport Horse and Connemara cross born in 2002. Before coming to Halleck Creek Ranch, Finn was a jumper at a barn in Nicasio where he helped many young riders reach their goals. He continues to serve our students today, always willing and ready to help his riders succeed.
Frank is a liver chestnut Quarter Horse gelding born in 2009. As a former working horse from the nearby Barboni Ranch, Frank has been there, done that, and is a no nonsense kind of guy. He’s calm, gentle, grounded, and reliable – just how we like them! And despite not having had any experience being ridden and led at the same time prior to coming to HCR, Frank seems to have quickly figured out that he’s carrying precious cargo, and takes each ride in stride.
Don Fuego, born in 2004, was generously donated by Helle Eriksen of Baywood Equestrian Center. Fuego has an outgoing personality and has many years of experience teaching children and adults to ride. Fuego is a Morgan horse, a breed which is known for their athletic ability, versatility, and pleasant disposition. Morgan horses also carry their heads and tails higher than most other breeds, and you will easily spot Fuego at the ranch, as he appears to be the tallest horse in the world, as one of our students exclaimed.
Harry is a chestnut Quarter Horse born in 1994. He loves to be around people, so he’s clearly a natural at his work in our program. Previously privately owned, Harry joined our team in 2005 and has been a leader in our weekday program since its inception in 2006. He always inspires smiles for our volunteers staff, and students.
Historia is a grey Andalusian mare born in 1993. She was donated in 2009 by a private owner after a career in advanced level Dressage, a competitive equestrian sport. With her flowing white mane and tail, she’s as beautiful as she is highly-trained. While Historia no longer practices “formal” dressage, she is one of our most reliable and caring mounts, trained to carry the most fragile of riders no matter their level of ability.
Iggy is a dapple gray Appendix (a cross between a Thoroughbred and a Quarter Horse), born in 1995. Some say his breeding offers the best of both worlds: the grace and stature of a Thoroughbred, and the brains and demeanor of a Quarter Horse. We say: our Iggy has it all! He loves social interaction with our students and makes an especially great mount for riders who are advancing their skills.
Jasmine (known around the ranch as Jazzy) is a bay-colored Quarter Horse/Arabian cross mare born in 1991. Jazzy was donated by a private owner from Sonoma County in 2012. Though we don’t know whether she has any “Jazzy” musical skills, she does have years of Natural Horsemanship training and an extensive background in endurance riding, a form of long-distance, competitive trail riding.
Lily is a Quarter Horse mare born in 2000 and donated to the program by our former Board President Dan Steadman. Dan used Lily to “work” cows and ride trails. Lily was also a broodmare in her past life, having had a colt just a few years ago. We’re delighted to have the well-trained Lily on our team – she takes care of our riders like the awesome mama she is!
Paige is a beautiful, stocky, chestnut Quarter Horse mare that was born in 2004. She resided at one of our neighboring stables and was generously donated by her owners as they were moving out of the area and could not take her. Paige previously excelled in hunter/jumper competitions and is a wonderful horse to ride out on the trail. She is known for being very kind and social, both with people and her equine friends.
Skippy is a dark bay-colored Welsh pony cross mare born in 2002. Donated by a private owner in 2011, Skippy took about a year to really settle into her job here at Halleck Creek Ranch. As one of the younger horses on our team, Skippy requires a little more exercise and training than our older mounts, but she excels every time she’s given an opportunity and she helps our riders do the same.