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Cindy Lou- Blue Eyed Girl

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Cindy Lou with her thick winter coat

Cindy Lou

Color: Bay

Gender: Mare

Breed: Quarter Horse Cross

Cindy Lou is a very popular horse around these parts. She is ridden by just about everyone at camp- from Silver Spruce campers up to JCs, riding counselors, wranglers, and those of us that work with the horses all year. We love her!

Besides being able to get around camp’s extensive acreage with ease, Cindy Lou has gone on just about every Horse Long Trip that Sanborn has to offer. She’s been to the Puma Hills, around 39 Mile Mountain, Sledgehammer, Black Mountain, the Corduroys, and to Split Tank.

Cindy Lou with a camper friend on the 39 Mile Mountain Long Trip

Cindy also has amazing skills at being a “ranch horse.” From knowing how to work cows, to being an expert at moving horses from one of our big pastures to another, she loves to have a job. She also enjoys running around High Tor and Quicks’ pastures on the search for some of our sneaky herd who like to play hide and seek on warm summer mornings.

Cindy Lou has a unique blue eye that she likes to assess situations with.  She always wants to know what she’s getting herself into before making the next move!

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Jackie- The World’s Favorite Mule

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Jackie

Color: Chestnut

Gender: Molly

Breed: Mule

Jackie is our one and only mule at Sanborn Western Camps.  She is affectionately known around camp as “The World’s Favorite Mule.”

Jackie can be used as a traditional mule and be packed with food, supplies, and sleeping bags to go out on trips.  She also loves to be ridden by campers on trail rides and in the arena.

When Jackie calls for her friends in pasture,  it is a combination of sounds.  She starts with a whinny and ends in a hee-haw!  It is her own original calling card that cannot be mistaken for anyone else.  Jackie’s closest friends are Corona, Credence, and Peanuts.  They know her bray very well!

Since mules don’t have withers, and their backs are much flatter than horses’ backs, Jackie’s saddle has a few special parts to help keep it in place.  Campers get very skilled in learning how to put Jackie’s saddle on all by themselves.

Jackie takes a little rest-- with a full pack on!

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Crystal Blue- Half Horse Half Giraffe

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Crystal Blue

Color: Skewbald Paint

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Quarter Horse Cross

Crystal Blue is an awesome horse that was born right here at Sanborn.

His extremely unique marking is the white giraffe on the side of his body! Can you spot it in these pictures?

Crystal Blue’s name comes from his mother who was named Crystal Bar plus he has two clear blue eyes.

Crystal Blue is also a talented horse to ride. He is very responsive to cues, is great at rounding up other horses in the morning, loves to be the leader on trail rides, and knows how to handle himself around cows.  His long legs make it easy for him to cruise around and have fun being a horse!

Long lost cousin?

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Ace in the (key)Hole

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Ace

Color: Sorrel

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Mustang Cross

Ace is a spunky little fellow with a big personality.  He has lots of energy and loves to keep on going day in and day out!

Ace is a very versatile horse.  Not only is he a great pack horse that will carry your rip-n-tear to your campsite without squishing it, but he is also an All-Star in gymkhana events.  He runs barrels like a professional and is right on target in the Keyhole event!

Ace is frequently requested by both campers and staff alike for half days, all days, long trips, and everything in between.

He is a guy who can really do it all!

Ace cruises around the barrels in the gymkhana

Rafter The Gentle Giant

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Rafter

Color: Red Roan

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Appaloosa Cross

Rafter is a gentle giant who has called Sanborn his home since 1996.  He is one of our biggest horses, yet our smallest campers love to ride him.  Rafter’s got a very calm demeanor and overall mellow attitude.  He also has a very smooth gait when he trots and lopes.  Rafter loves to lounge in the sun on warm afternoons and munch on hay with his fellow “seniors” (our other horses that are 20 years and older).  Our senior horses are often used for Sanborn Junior riders because they have years of experience in safely teaching younger children how to ride.  Rafter’s name comes from his unique brand that he had when he first came to Sanborn.  On a foot note… Rafter has very large hooves!

Rafter usually needs some pretty short stirrups!

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Jaunts With Jasper

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Jasper

Color: Chestnut

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Mustang Cross

Jasper is a very talented horse in more than one way.

All his friends call him Houdini for his amazing skills of escaping from any locked gate or corral.  He can also quickly untie a knot no matter how tightly it’s been tied.  Jasper not only frees himself, but he encourages his friends to join him for a little rendezvous.

Jasper also has uncanny swimming skills.  His favorite day in the summer is the Super Wrangler All Day because he gets to pretend to be a very large fish and take campers for a dip in the Witcher Fish Pond.  Lost Lake is another favorite stomping ground of Jasper’s.  He will jump in with campers on his back again and again!

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Cowboy Take Me Away

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Cowboy

Color: Bay

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Quarter Horse Cross

Cowboy is a gentle, wise soul who has been at Sanborn for over fifteen years.  He used to be a wrangler horse who loved to pull shenanigans and was always looking for adventures.  Now he is enjoying being more mature and has the experience to get you anywhere around camp – from Top of the World, to Lost Lake, to Fish Creek, to the Big Spring Barn or the High Trails Stables.  Cowboy has his own special saddle with his name right on it because of high withers on his back.  He also has quite the forelock which gives him a Justin Bieber-esk quality.  He could definitely pull off some great karaoke if the situation arose! He and Rafter are best friends and have been for a long long time.

BFFs!

Cowboy sports the Bieb's hairdo

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Four-Legged Friend: Mini Cooper

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Mini Cooper is a Registered Miniature Horse who lives in the barnyard at High Trails for half the year and lives at a farm in Kentucky for the other half.

Cooper was born in 1998 (making him 13 years old), and he is as tall as he will ever get!  He was rescued from a starvation and neglect situation in Iowa, so he came to camp in need of a lot of extra TLC, which he has certainly received from campers!

When he arrived at camp, he was very shy and timid.  He didn’t know any of the other horses or humans yet, and he was nervous–kind of like how some of the kids who first arrive at camp feel.  Fortunately for Cooper, he got lots of loving care from campers, who fed him carrots and treated him with kindness.  When he was feeling nervous, campers would quietly sit in his pen and wait until Cooper was ready to walk to them.  He gradually learned that he could trust humans again.  Once he approached campers, they fed him hay and carrots and brushed him gently.  He has come such a long way because of all the kids who have spent time with him at camp.  Now Cooper is a confident, curious and chubby little guy!

Because of his background, Cooper is a great listener, especially to campers who might be feeling a bit homesick.  He LOVES carrots, and would nibble on treats until he was the size of a hot air balloon if he could!

Cooper knows how to pull a jog cart and is too small for anyone to ride.  If campers have a counselor nearby, they can take him for a walk using his halter and lead rope.  He’s kind of like a big puppy dog!

A lot of kids like to visit Cooper on their way to the Four Story Treehouse or Tipi Village.  Do you have any favorite memories with Mini Cooper?

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Four-Legged Friend: Fiona

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Fiona, or Sweet Fee, as some campers refer to her, is truly one of the sweetest horses you’ll meet at camp.

Fiona is a little bit timid.  She needs a reassuring, calm, soothing rider she can trust, especially at the hitching post and when being saddled, because she gets a little nervous around fast movements.  She loves when campers scrub her with a curry comb–it’s like getting a massage and helps her to relax.  Watch for her to twitch her nose when being groomed!

Once you are on Fiona’ back, she is an incredibly smooth ride.  The slower she jogs, the smoother it is, and with just a kissing sound, she transitions gracefully into a nice, even lope.  She can pick up the speed, too, and is one of our favorite Gymkhana horses.

On the trail, Fiona has been known to dodge away from branches to protect her riders from getting scratched by pine needles or twigs.  She is very aware of her rider at all times, and very willing to please, especially if her rider is sure to praise her by telling her “Good girl,” or scratching her withers (the top of her shoulders).

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Tails from the Barn Coming Soon!

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Introducing: A new section of the Sanborn Blog!  Tails from the Barn will chronicle the lives of our favorite four-legged friends during the on- and off-season at Sanborn.  Ever wonder what CindyLou does all winter long?  Curious about what Popcorn looks like in her full winter coat?  Want to check in on Cowboy?  Here’s where you’ll find that information and more, including Four-Legged Profiles, New Arrivals, Horsey News and Updates all relating to Sanborn’s Riding Program.

Stay tuned for updates on our favorite friendly four-leggeds.


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