New arrival at the Ranch – meet Nacho

We had a new arrival this week – the crazy handsome Nacho. He is not only a beautiful looking boy (the mares here agree) he’s also super kind and has a wonderful personality.

Jan his human is very happy and we are happy to welcome them both to Ranch Siesta Los Rubios for some fun riding times together hacking out in this lovely area.

Rehabilitating horses – before and now

Please meet Lord Rubios. Sometimes horses find their way to us and we work slowly, patiently and with kindness to bring them into top health and work. Rehabilitating horses is just about letting them find their way, trust and time.

This is Lord. He is a beautiful boy, a real gentleman in every way – easy to handle, super kind and patient, willing and all round a lovely horse to humans and other horses.

He needed some feeding up and handling time so we have let him settle in, put on some weight and now he is enjoying his work building some muscle and shape. And learning lots.

He’s not finished yet but he will be up for sale in the future if you’re looking for a big and handsome lad then here he is!

New horses and ponies

Meet the new arrivals!

Pin & Pon gorgeous Appaloosa Shetlands

Fifi (3) & her little show pony Cinderella (livery)

Dulce – a chunky young lass that’s so far totally bombproof & willing

Enzo – yes he is huge! Big gentle Swedish sports horse on livery

Young Tia, just 4 years old and a sweetheart

Gloria – a new livery & Lucia’s endurance horse

Takota – 14 and unbacked but we are going to try her under saddle!

Meet the new horses

We’ve had some new arrivals at the Ranch. So we’d like to introduce you to our new horses.

QUASI is the oldest of our new horses, at around 16 years old. Typical Spanish (he has that high stepping leg action!) he is such a sweet boy and always so eager to please. When he arrived he had some issues with being tied up, tacked up and mounted and was a little too eager but he’s settled well. He now is quite happy standing around watching the world go by!

This is BEN, a second Palamino (blonde) at the Ranch. He is a chunky, tall boy, 10 years old and sadly has a cataract in one eye. He was a little spooky when he got here because of his sight but he’s learning so quickly not to be scared, is very friendly and much loved by the lady who now part loans him, Tessa.

Lastly, the lovely YODA. It seems Caroline has fallen in love with buckskin (this colour) horses and this horse has a personality to match her outer beauty. She is a youngster, only 4 years old, but with a very wise head on her shoulders. She’s taken absolutely everything in her stride, is very chilled, a lovely ride and has awesome manners. We all adore her (and we didn’t cut her tail, her last owner did! We are growing it.)

  • Meet your horse and team at the ranch
  • Groom and tack up
  • Fun lesson to learn skills & gain confidence
  • Hour ride out to a local viewpoint
  • Photos and cava overlooking the sea and Africa!40 euros per person. Minimum 2 people.

Green green grass!

Our horses have been out enjoying the green green grass of Spring!

And there’s more of it than usual.

You may have seen that this part of Spain has had a lot (and we mean A LOT) of torrential rain, continuously, throughout March and into April? The reservoirs which were in deficit for the last 3 years or more, causing drought warnings and water shortages, now have enough water for quite a few years. The annual rainfall and then some more on top fell in less than a few weeks.

The result though is that the wildflower meadows are incredible this year, and the grass is high, green and rich. The horses made a beeline to that green green grass on a recent ride to the river.

Atenea’s new home

When we first got Atenea!

When we first got Atenea!

We’re very proud and delighted for Millie that having decided to return to the UK, she’s bought her little protege Arab Atenea (previously known as “skankyleg”) to head back with her also.

Millie has been helping Caroline for a few months to work to break in and school Atenea and she’s been coming on in leaps and bounds.

With Millie’s care, attention and love back in the UK she is going to make a very fine young horse.

Look at the difference just a year has made to this once neglected horse.