Thank you so much for helping me at your barn! I think it was really fun being at a new barn and seeing how barns do things a lot different. I am so glad I chose Miss Poppins because I think she's the perfect one for me! When I ride her a rush of happiness slides through my body! When I trot I feel like I'm on a baby foal because I've always ridden old mares. But when I lope on her I feel like I'm flying. Even if I don't ride and just roundpen I'm still happy. Even if it's raining and I just get to visit her i'm still happy. Miss Poppins was the best birthday present ever! But she was even more than a birthday present! I am still in shock I got her for my birthday and have my own horse. I kept on hearing when ever I asked when I could get a horse, in a couple years, in a couple years!!! But finally I got the perfect horse for me. I am so lucky to have such a great horse!!
Thank You, Sincerely Katie age 10
Katie and Ms. Poppins are having a ball together. They participated in their first Gymkhana together last weekend. Not sure if Poppy has done anything like that before because she was definitely excitable at first, but calmed down after a little work and they had a great day together. They got a 4th and 5th in two events, one of which was an open class. SO all and all it was a great first event together. I will continue to send you pics along the way. Thanks, Jen
We purchased Vegas for my 7 year old daughter Serena. We had been meaning to contact you and let you know he is doing great, fits in with the rest of our horses and has been fabulous for Serena to handle. She has also grown a lot this summer and has been out on several trail rides with us riding independently and confidently. I will attach a picture or two of her on him. Hope things are well in Vermont.
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL TIME WE HAD AT YOUR RANCH THROUGH OUR PROCESS OF CHOOSING A HORSE. CANT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE FRIENDLINESS, KNOWLEDGE, AND COMPASSION THAT WE SAW MAKING CHOOSING A HORSE SUCH A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. WILL RECOMMEND YOU TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR THEIR DREAM HORSE....AND ALSO THANKS TO YOU FOR FINDING "TWISTER" SHE IS JUST A DREAM COME TRUE.....SHE'S BEEN HERE FOR ONLY 2 DAYS AND OUR FIRST RIDE W/T/C TODAY CONSISTED OF ONLY HALTER AND LEAD ROPE. WE HAVE SUCH A BOND ALREADY AND WILL DO NOTHING BUT CONTINUE TO BE STRONGER EVERY DAY. . SHES SETTLED IN GREAT, YOU'D THOUGHT SHES ALWAYS LIVED HERE.. WELL THANKS AGAIN..AND KEEP THOSE HORSE FOR SALE VIDEOS ROLLING... ♥ HEATHER & TWISTER
I wanted to pass along a picture of Starbuck( we call him Bucky)! He had an awesome summer. Such a sweet boy. He is taking very good care of me; and we have a lot of fun together.We hope to do some winter trail riding soon. Hopefully I will have more pictures to send along.
This was a photo that was taken over the fall out on his first trail ride away from the barn. We went to a state park.
I wanted to say I read your story about Lucky. Shayla is an amazing little girl. I hope he makes a full recovery.
Emmy and Bucky
I have attached some photos of Gulliver in his new home. He is doing fantastic! He and my mare became fast friends almost immediately and he seems very content here. I could not be happier with my new guy!! He is EXACTLY what I was hoping to find! I have been taking lessons on him since I got him home and the lessons are going very well. Gulliver is so easy to work with! He is very willing to try everything I ask of him and he is so calm and quiet but also very affectionate. He is definitely my new best friend!
I’ve taken Gulliver on lots of rides around my house and I have trailered him to other locations to ride with other people a couple of times. Each time he has done very well. Both times that I took him to other locations the other riders commented on how good natured he was, and how calm, willing and trusting he was. They were very surprised when they heard how young he is, and also how short a time I have had him so far. One ride was a trail association group ride and one of the other riders was so smitten with Gulliver that she asked for your contact and website information so that she could try to find another one just like him!
Just wanted to let you know that Gully is doing very well. He has definitely found his forever home – I am not giving up this guy for anything!
Thanks for taking so much time with me while I was trying to make my decision. I definitely chose the right horse and am thrilled with him. Thanks- D’arcy
Hi Letitia- Kit Kat, renamed Coco, is doing wonderful. We absolutely love her and her sweet nature. Coco is a great horse, who clearly has had training and was handled with care in the past. She's a pleasure to ride, always ready to work and easy to work around.
This is Sam riding Pluto, 2010.Sam had a great time at camp and we thank
you for everything.
We'll see you soon,
Sam, Dave, and Andrea.
Hey guys!I just wanted to give you a little update on Barodie. He is absolutely perfect, and I love him to death. We are both happy that spring is here, so we can ride with my mom and her house almost daily. I have taken him sorting, up and down the roads, and out on many trails. He couldn't be any better. I'm so glad I got him! Hope everything is going great up there! Happy Spring :) Thanks Again, Lindsey
I want to thank you again for one of the most enjoyable rides I've had. Your horses(Vegas and Cash) made the experience very relaxing and fun, and if I lived closer I would sign up for lessons! You are a fantastic instructor, as well. I learned a lot from you, and much of what you said "clicked" with me for the first time I'm sorry that buying Vegas right now is going to be too much of a stretch for us, but I wanted to show my appreciation to you and your staff for a great day. In fact, I didn't realize that I had been in the ring for two hours until I got back to my car. So please accept another $50 for your time. I really got a lot our of it, even if I had to leave Vegas Behind!
Best wishes, and Happy Winter!
We just wanted to give you an update on Mae. Gillian has been working with Mae quite a bit and it seems that Mae is quite happy.She is very sweet and she and Gillian are building a great relationship. When Gillian does ground work with her and lets Mae go on liberty in the ring Mae follows Gillian around like a puppy. They trot together and have a ball. She loves our other horse Norman.
Gillian is hoping to do some shows with her this Spring and Summer and she is getting regular lessons from our great trainer Tara. Mae loves lots of TLC and she gets it plus lots of carrots and cookies from us. Thanks Becky, Gillian and Mae
Thanks again, Terri & John Senecal
Hi guys - "Vinny" has settled in nicely in his new home, and he is just the sweetest little thing! He seems to love hanging around with people, follows me around in the pasture, comes up to be caught, and is super quiet and pleasant to handle and ride. We've done a couple of short rides and some simple ring work so far, and he's unbothered by most anything, even other horses running around or acting up, or the farmer driving past us with the huge manure spreader. I also discovered he's clever enough to look down and watch the ground if we cross a rough spot. He gets along well with all the horses, and is best friends with my old mare. I'm glad I found him!
Dear Mountain View Ranch,
Thank you so much for all your great advice and for matching us up with Apple. She truly is the "Apple of Everybody's Eye". She loves attention and is so gentle. Our daughter finally is getting interested in riding again. Grace had Apple in a nice canter yesterday and both rider and horse were enjoying the exercise. Although Apple loves a treat now and again, she's not pushy about it like some horses can be. She also is so good around our little dog who loves to run beside her during trail rides. Thanks again. We look forward to our next visit to your ranch. - The Stones
"Ranger settling in quite nicely.
I will keep you posted on our progress. He's handled everything
pretty calmly so far - in fact, for his first time in our round pen,
he seemed rather unimpressed with my "natural horsemanship" exercises.
While I was trying to whisper sweet horse nothings into his cute,
brown ears, he responded like Archie Bunker - he did his job, but was
kinda like "whatever... I'll trot in a circle, but I'd rather have my
dinner." I'm coming to love his comically exhausted attitude.
The people at my barn think he's cute as a bug, and keep commenting on
his brown knee-highs. I'm learning more about him every day - he seems
to recognize me now, even if it's just as that nutso lady who
kidnapped him and stuffed him in a rolling Altoids tin for 12 hours.
Have a great weekend! -Allison "
"Attey is enjoying her new home and her new best friend Dayna. They have
about 7 acres of pasture and a run in barn. The barn is Dayna's comfort
place and she happily shares it with Attey. They are best buddies and are
always together. They will even share a grain bucket! Dayna does seem to
be boss mare but she does not rule with the iron fist she did with her old
pasture mate Jack.
Attey has had many riders including my young neice and nephew who rode her
by themselves - which they have never done.She is a real doll and whinnies that low deep whinny whenever she sees a
person. She has enjoyed eating cornstalks, carrot tops and broccoli
plants as the garden is cleaned out and recycled to horse feed. She has
also been enjoying the fall apples from our wild trees. Thanks!
"THANK YOU!! I LOVE HER!! She is the sweetest horse ever and we are having so much fun. I decided when winter comes I am going to board her inside and do some dressage training and join the drill team again (my favorite!). I will send pictures soon. Best, Philene"
Duece and I are doing great. We went to our first schooling at the
Hitching Post a few weeks ago and he did awesome. I am hoping to do a
few eventing shows this summer, which he loves.I just remembered that I had mentioned that I was going to email you a picture of Deuce and I, so here is one from the summer at a show. Thank You !!!
Just thought I'd write to give you an update on Sawyer. He's been in his new home now for a week and I've ridden him quite a few times and he's doing so awesome! We've been doing natural horsemanship ground work and he is so smart! Sawyer so far has been so well behaved on the ground and under the saddle. We've done trail rides, ring work, and we've ridden next door which is a Christmas Tree farm and all the people were commenting on how gorgeous my horse is! Hope all is well up in Vermont, Thank you so much for pairing me with such a great boy, he's gotten very relaxed and everyone at the barn is so impressed by him!
Last summer I learned to ride at your ranch (Thank You Caitlin!) and you found me a horse which I bought and have been absolutely thrilled with. You might remember Junior (Avalon Junior Barnes) . He is the calmest, smartest horse and is perfect for a beginner like me. He's grown some and his white markings are becoming more pronounced.
A year ago I never would have pictured myself this comfortable with a horse or as interested in doing things with him.
Anyway, I've meant for a while to send a message or stop by to say thanks, particularly to Caitlin, for being a great teacher and for picking out an awesome, perfectly matched horse. My only regret in buying Junior is I lost my excuse to come to he ranch for trail rides! -Steve"
Regina says, 'Dancer is delightful. She is willing, well mannered and fun.'
Registered Name: Freckles Tivio Dancer
Registered American Quarter Horse
Sire: Playboy Jose
Dam: Golden Miss Sugar
Born: April 6, 1997 in Randolph, Alabama
Dancer’s granddad is Freckles Playboy – a AQHA Hall of Fame horse, World Champion (1977), Top Ten World Show (1978), NCHA money earner ($59,976); ROM Performance (1978). Equistat Top Ten Leading Cutting Sire list, AQHA ROM, NRHA and Equistat All Time leading cutting sire.
"Sharing a positive experience like mine and Kit's would be a nice thing to share with other horse lovers. I hope everyone that gets a horse from your ranch has that same instant connection like Kit and I. I am so excited to learn and grow with her and hope the warm Spring weather is here really soon. I will keep in touch about her fun adventures to come and I will try very hard not to "brag" about my perfect horse.
Kit and her new Owner Kathleen of Lincoln, Vermont April 1, 2008
"Here are some pics from the day Dream Girl came to her new home. She did so
well. I took her for a walk around the property today and she was like a
BIG puppy dog following me around. She even came into the garage with me.
Everyone here has absolutely fallen in love. I am so happy you guys sent
the e-mails out and I was able to find a great pony like this one!!
~Ariel V. Channell
Rocky Knoll Stables"
"Thought i'd update you on Shiloh (purchased in June 2008).
"I live in Vermont and we just bought Tyson. He is like the best horse ever. He is in a good home and is already loving it. He is sooo spoiled. I love him so much and so does everyone else. Thank you guys so much- Ashley"
Congratulations to Tyson and new owner Ashley-May 10, 2008