Horses & happy times

A few photos from the Ranch showing our happy horses & happy times we have here. ENJOY and come and join us.

Happy horses and riders at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Estepona

Young horse Garrincha and Spanish giant Califa

Happy horses and riders at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Estepona

Kiko ready to ride…

Happy horses and riders at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Estepona

It’s beautiful out here

Happy horses and riders at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Estepona

Quiet times

Happy horses and riders at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Estepona

Collecting fresh figs (horses love them!)

 

Happy horses and riders at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Estepona

Old boy George enjoying a gentle ride out

Happy horses and riders at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Estepona

Social distancing

Happy horses and riders at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Estepona

Happy horses, happy riders and wonderful trails

Happy horses and riders at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Estepona

Who doesn’t love a pony ride on our Shetlands?

Happy horses and riders at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Estepona

Shiny bum! Arab Ahitan

Best hair day

VIDEO : this is new boy Julio having his shoes done by Rory the farrier, and enjoying the refreshing fan wafting through his mane as he does. Straight out of the salon!

Our new girl!

A stunning big mare joined us this week to be brought on and find her a new forever home. She is not only beautiful in colouring but also in nature. Her personality is calm and sweet, she has wonderful paces and is proving to be bomb proof out on a hack. At 164 cm and 8 years old, she is going to make someone the best “horse in a lifetime” when she leaves us.

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The 4th amigo

Our 3 grey amigos were joined by a 4th new horse – welcome Julio to the herd. What a super relaxed and capable big gentle giant he is proving to be. Although it’s making it increasingly hard to tell which horse is which in our grey Arab group now… you have to study them hard. But the 3 amigos were very welcoming to the new boy and happy to teach him the boy band moves…

He also met our lovely PIN and PON shetlands and instantly made friends.

Ranch Siesta Los Rubios shetlands and arabian horses Estepona Ranch Siesta Los Rubios shetlands and arabian horses

Brownie

Our chunky rescue Brownie has been learning slowly about all aspects of stables life, hacking in the great outdoors and how to move well in the school. Here she is with Rebecca being very well behaved on the lunge line, which helps with fitness and flexibility for horses.

 

Ranch Siesta Los Rubios BROWNIE

Friends reunited

VIDEO : Sophie used to live in Spain and ride here, but she moved back to the UK. These friends were reunited this week when she popped back and came to see us at the Ranch. And of course go on a ride out – here are our two friends reunited (Sophie and Jazmin) chasing up the gallop hill “the stairs”. Who do you think will win, Hechi or Hope?

This is Hope, a 20 year old horse we rescued in a terrible state and who has been lovingly brought back to health mentally and physically, and fitness, by Jazmin. She certainly loves to run and enjoys her new life so much. The sweetest mare and thanks to Jazmin, the most gorgeous tail at the stables!

Hope the rescue horse at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Hope the rescue horse at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios

Well hello Dolly

Some great photos of our wonderhorse Dolly (Dolores) out and about and looking fantastic this summer. Well hello Dolly - at Ranch Siesta Los Rubios Estepona

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The 3 amigos

Have you met our 3 amigos? These lovely greys, all some sort of Arab cross, are absolutely the best of friends. They prefer to be right next to each other. Whether they are running, playing, chilling, eating or having a bath. And especially when out riding.

So who is who in the 3 amigos?

Sen is the quiet one. He has more brown speckled skin but looks grey. This Anglo Arab is usually found being annoyed by Garincha (Gary). Sen is one of the fastest horses at the stables thanks to Nikki taking him out on long hacks for the last year or so, building up his confidence. It was only 18 months ago he couldn’t actually step hoof outside the Ranch on his own without having a total meltdown in fear. Now he is steady, fast and pretty fearless. Although he has his moments!

Garincha is the pretty boy of the group with the sweetest, innocent little facial expressions. He’s also the “baby” of the group although not actually the youngest. Caroline rescued him and he was pretty terrified of everyone and everything when he arrived. He is still nervous of anything new although coming along in leaps and bounds every month after wonderful work with Caroline, Nikki and now Claire who is his new mummy. He is also constantly asking the others to play with him and like the annoying little brother won’t leave the other 2 alone. He recently learnt to go on the horse walker but decided being in his own compartment wasn’t fun and wanted to walk in Sen’s space! Luckily Sen does not mind and puts up with his shadow.

The final one of the 3 amigos is a Lusitano Arab called Lagri. Owned by Hayley he is the youngest but the bravest, smartest and probably most talented of the group. A terrific mover he has all the showiness for the dressage ring, the courage to tackle any cross country course and the stamina and speed to race around the mountains. He’s also pretty spectacular at showjumping already and he’s not even 6. Definitely one to watch.

 

Horse friendships at the Ranch

We have been able in lockdown to capture some very special moments. Living in bigger herds to enjoy socialising time and play has seen some very special friendships form. Horses communicate in such subtle ways and make decisions on who they like to hang out with, share food with, play with. We have been watching some of the more grumpy alpha females actually start to relax and bond with each other. Having time and patience to let them get to know each other has seen massive changes in all the horses here during lockdown. They are all very relaxed and willing to consider new horse friendships at the Ranch.

Sharing some of these marvellous moments between friends that we have been lucky enough to see over these challenging weeks. Bringing a little smile to the hard, long and lonely days.

The Beatles bootcamp

The Beatles (John, Paul, Ringo and Paul) have settled in really well. They are busy a few times a week on their very special Beatles Bootcamp. This is a chance for some lucky horse lovers to hang out with our fabulous four, groom, bathe, exercise, take for walks, do groundwork, lunge them and get to know everything about them. Introducing them to new experiences, finding out what they like and don’t like. Whilst learning new skills themselves. It really is quality time out with life on Beatles bootcamp! And the 4 horses love these times too and are thriving. All that pampering time also means they look great although they seem to time their mud rolling perfectly just before the ladies arrive…