Opal was given to use as an unusable 4-year-old that would not respect people in any discipline, including ground manners. She has been retrained by Phantom Dragon Ranch to do any kind of riding, from western to jumping. This mare is now trained for sidesaddle, and she has become one of our horses that is used for giving people lessons. Opal has also been in parades, exhibition, and performances. Opal is one of the many rescues horses that have come to be greatly loved at Phantom Dragon Ranch.
D'Arcy ( Shire x Spotted Saddle Horse) is a 16 hand black mare. She was bred for added size and ease of riding. Her mother was a great ride and drive horse but didn't have the pulling power for the mountains. D'Arcy has smooth gaits for riding and is a powerhouse pulling a carriage.
Michie (Shire x Peruvian Paso) is a 16 hand Buckskin mare. She was bred for 2 specific traits. A smooth gait for riding and size for driving in the mountains. She excels at both! She is also a great packhorse.
Michie & D'Arcy
Duke knows how to ride Western and English, but he much prefers to drive. He was at an English riding school, but he did not like teaching young children how to ride English in a ring. He is a good trail pony, but he will always much prefer driving. Duke is very willing to teach people how to drive, just not how ride.
All of our miniature horses ride and drive. Our minis drive single, team, three ups, in a 4-up, and many other driving combos. Mr. Truck is our mini stallion he lives with and works with all our mini mares. Each of the minis have done many exhibitions and performances, and they are used to teach people how to drive, without being intimidated by the size of the equipment that the draft horses use.
Dragonfly is one of our rescue Peruvians. She is a fiery mare that scars most people, that is why she came to us. She does all kinds of riding, Dragonfly is very good at Sidesaddle, trail riding, exhibition, and performances. She has done a hand full of shows with us, but she never liked it.