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Horse Spotlight August 2017 - Gizmo

What is your name?

Gizmo


What is your breed?

Appaloosa pony (Pony of the Americas)


What color are you?

Gray, Brown, and white (multicolored speckles with a blanket).


How old are you?

12 years


How tall are you?

13 hands


What is your favorite color?

Blue, and pink


What is your favorite treat?

Carrots


What is your favorite time of year?

Winter


What is your favorite discipline?

Barrel Racing


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

No


Do you prefer English or Western?

Western


What are a few of your favorite things?

Food, attention, and playing with friends


What are your least favorite things?

Jumping, listening, and discipline


What do you like best about your humans?

They feed me, they get my energy out, they love me


Have you ever won any awards?

Ribbons and trophies for barrel racing

Tags: Gizmo

Horse Spotlight March 2017 - Romeo

What is your name?  
Romeo


What is your breed?
Welsh Pony


What color are you?
Bay


How old are you?
16


How tall are you?
13.1 hands


What is your favorite color?
Red!


What is your favorite treat?
Granny Smith Apples


What is your favorite time of year?
Spring


What is your favorite discipline?
Gymkhana


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
I have a wife named Roxy


Do you prefer English or Western?
Western.  I love barrel racing.


What are a few of your favorite things?
Food, scratches on my withers, and people


What are your least favorite things?
Getting my sheath cleaned


What do you like best about your humans?
That they give me love and affection.  And I like when I get to run fast.


Have you ever won any awards?
Laurel and I placed 9th in Division 7 at the CSHA state gymkhana competition .  We earned a shiny buckle.
 

Tags: Romeo

Horse Spotlight Nov 2016 - Diesel

What is your name?  

 I go by Diesel (Although I have a fancier name as well: JW Jayes Fuel!)

 

What is your breed?

Quarter Horse


What color are you?

Chestnut


How old are you?

I am 11.


How tall are you?

I am 16.3


What is your favorite color?

Turquoise - Although I look good in just about anything


What is your favorite treat?

Carrots & Cookies

 

What is your favorite time of year?

Spring time, when the grass is green and before the flies get bad.



What's your favorite discipline?

I like it all: Trail rides, arena work, barrel racing and dressage, I am happiest when I am active.


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

I am a friendly guy but I haven't found my special someone yet. 


Do you prefer English or Western?

Probably western - I can be more relaxed.


What are a few of your favorite things?

I love having my forehead rubbed - I have a big head and it feels great!


What are your least favorite things?

I don't like having my nose or whiskers messed with.


What do you like best about your humans?

Getting attention...  I love to be pampered!


Have you ever won any awards?

I have won lots of awards! This year, I won a buckle for Kelsey at State and got Reserve Champion in Division 5 and Kasara and I got two 1st place blue ribbons in our last dressage show (I got a 78%!).

Tags: Diesel

Horse Spotlight August 2016 - Summer

What is your name?  

Summer

 

What is your breed?

Icelandic/Quarter Horse cross


What color are you?

In summertime I am light dun with dapples, in winter I am a dark dun.


How old are you?

I was born in 1997.  I am 19.


How tall are you?

I am 13.2


What is your favorite color?

Raspberry pink or turquoise.


What is your favorite treat?

I love any treat, Apple or carrot, but my very favorite are tangerines!! But everyone calls me a pig!!


What is your favorite time of year?

Summer time because Gracie, ( my owner) is out of school,comes out to the barn and spends all day with me!!



What's your favorite discipline?

I love going fast so I love gymkhana.


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Gypsy is my absolute girlfriend. I love JJ!!


Do you prefer English or Western?

Western


What are a few of your favorite things?

Eating and being a pig, and I love the pasture because I love to run around and eat!


What are your least favorite things?

Cantering circles in the big arena.


What do you like best about your humans?

They feed me and take great care of me.


Have you ever won any awards?

Yes, all the awards that Gracie has won were all on me!!

Tags: Summer

Horse Spotlight May 2016 - Cookie

What is your name?  

My name is Cookie.

 

What is your breed?

I am a Quarter Horse. Poco Bueno Lineage.


What color are you?

Bay


How old are you?

I was born in 2002 so I am 14 years old.


How tall are you?

I am 14.2 hands tall


What is your favorite color?

Definitely purple and green.


What is your favorite treat?

I love carrots!!!


What is your favorite time of year?

The spring because it is really pretty and everything is so green.



What's your favorite discipline?

I enjoy trail riding and gymkhana.


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Smoke is my boyfriend.


Do you prefer English or Western?

Western


What are a few of your favorite things?

I like hanging out with my other horse friends and I really enjoy showing off my skills in gymkhana.


What are your least favorite things?

I really dislike being shoed.


What do you like best about your humans?

I like when my humans brush me and give me a lot of attention. I also love when they feed me and give me treats.


Have you ever won any awards?

I won highpoint for Winter Bling 2016  and I have won first and second place with Heather at a few of the shows this year. Hopefully we take home a buckle at SOC 2016.

Tags: Cookie

Horse Spotlight December 2015 - Bronson

What is your name?  

My name is Bronson

 

What is your breed?

Appaloosa


What color are you?

Red roan Appaloosa


How old are you?

I am 11 years old


How tall are you?

I am 15.3 hands tall


What is your favorite color?

My favorite colors are red and black


What is your favorite treat?

Horse cookies.  Who am I kidding...I will eat anything!


What is your favorite time of year?

Summer.  It's nice and warm and I like the sun on my back.


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Not yet.  I'm still looking.  I have kinda a thing for Abby.  we spent a lot of time hanging out at the SoC.  I also kinda like Gypsy and Max.  We kinda look alike.  I wonder if we are related though...


Do you prefer English or Western?

Western

 

What is your favorite riding dicipline?

Whatever Kaylee and Mama Jen want me to do...so trail riding and gymkhana.  :D


What are a few of your favorite things?

Kaylee, Kimmy, Mama Jen and Papa Pete.  I love my people, and I love to be pet and given attention.


What are your least favorite things?

I don't like it when people act nervous around me, it makes me think there is something to worry about.  I don't like breast collars either.  Scary!  I also don't like unfriendly humans or horses that don't want to hang out with me.


What do you like best about your humans?

They brush me and give me kisses and play with me and love on me!!  I especially love when they curry comb my belly.

 

Have you ever won any awards?

Heck yes! Last year I won 2nd place in Open Division at State.  This year I won Mama Jen a buckle at the 2015 State Show of Champions (Reserve Champion thank you very much...).  I've also won lots of ribbons and medals at other shows.  I was also named the High Point Appaloosa for the State Show of Champions in 2015 and won a fancy plaque.  I can't wait to do it again next year and double!  I want to win Kaylee some bling in 2016!

Tags: Bronson

Horse Spotlight June 2015 - Scout

What is your name?  

My name is Scout

 

What is your breed?

I am a Quarter Horse/Welsh


What color are you?

My coloring is called Red Roan


How old are you?

I am 7 years old


How tall are you?

I am 15.3 hands tall


What is your favorite color?

My favorite colors are pink and blue


What is your favorite treat?

Pretzels are my favorite treat


What is your favorite time of year?

Spring is my favorite time of year


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

I have a crush on Roxy


Do you prefer English or Western?

Western


What are a few of your favorite things?

I love long trail rides and getting my head washed


What are your least favorite things?

I don't like Purple flowers because they're scary


What do you like best about your humans?

I like that my humans take very good care of me and keep me clean.


Have you ever won any awards?

Yes, I have won 6th place at the State Gymkhana show last year.

Tags: Scout

Horse Spotlight February 2015 - Dash

What is your name?  

Dash aka Hancock's Stylin Selection

 

What is your breed?

Quarter Horse


What color are you?

We won't know for sure until I lose my baby hair!  But probably a chestnut or red roan.


How old are you?

4 and a half months.


How tall are you?

Still growing but at the moment about 12 hands.


What is your favorite color?

Raspberry pink.


What is your favorite treat?

Apple flavored horse cookies.


What is your favorite time of year?

Winter is the only season I've experienced but I think I will like spring because winter is to cold.


What is your favorite discipline?

Being adorable.


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?

Single as a Pringle because boys have cooties.  But Blu is a good friend of mine.


Do you prefer English or Western?

Western because my dad was a cutting horse.


What are a few of your favorite things?

Playing with my neighbor Blu, getting brushes for long periods of time, long naps in the sun, and frolicking in the arena.


What are your least favorite things?

When I have to work really hard like the big ponies.


What do you like best about your humans?

They brush me and love me and buy me lots of pretty halters.


Have you ever won any awards?

I am unofficially the cutest baby ever in the universe.

Tags: Dash

Horse Spotlight November 2014 - Blu

What is your name? 
Blu


What is your breed?
Quarter pony cross
 

What color are you?
Blue roan


How old are you?
8 years old
 

How tall are you?
14hh


What is your favorite color?
Blue


What is your favorite treat?
Anything. I'm not picky.


What is your favorite time of year?
Summer becaus of all the trail rides


What is your favorite discipline?
Gymkhana


Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
Yes, a girlfriend named Summer


Do you prefer English or Western?
Western


What are a few of your favorite things?
Food, being brushed, getting outside my stall.


What are your least favorite things?
Getting worked when it's hot.


What do you like best about your humans?
Getting food and being outside my stall.


Have you ever won any awards?
Yes in gymkhana shows 4ths and 5ths.

Tags: Blu

Horse Spotlight October 2014 - Gypsy

What is your name?
Gypsy

What is your breed?
Nobody knows!  The best guess is some mix of Welsh, Quarter Horse, Arab and a gaited breed.  It's not really important because I'm so beautiful and athletic!

What color are you?
That's another tricky one.  Best guess is a Red/Chestnut Dun with some white speckled hair throughout and a light mane and tail. 

How old are you?
I'm around eight years old.

How tall are you?
13.2 hh

What is your favorite color?
Purple

What is your favorite treat?
Cookies and watermelon

What is your favorite time of year?|
Spring

What is your favorite discipline?
Gymkhana because I get to go fast

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
Yes Max.  And sometimes Champ...we have a little side thing going.

Do you prefer English or Western?
Western

What are a few of your favorite things?
I love to eat

What are your least favorite things?
I absolutely hate being clipped and not being able to be in my paddock.

What do you like best about your humans?
When they feed me

Have you ever won any awards?
I won 3rd at state in 2013 with Hannah and I have won multiple ribbons with Hannah and Virginia in barrel racing including many blues!

Tags: Gypsy

Horse Spotlight August 2014 - Smoke

What is your name? Smoken Hot (AKA Smoke)
 
What is your breed? Quarter Horse
 
What color are you? Black
 
How old are you? 17 years old
 
How tall are you? 15.1 hands
 
What is your favorite color? Orange
 
What is your favorite treat? My favorite treat would have to be horse cookies any kind
 
What is your favorite time of year? Summer time
 
What is your favorite discipline? Barrel racing because I love going fast .
 
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? Yes I have a girlfriend. Her name is Cookie .
 
Do you prefer English or Western? Western
 
What are a few of your favorite things? Eating a lot of grain and hay, getting turned out and roll after I just got a bath  
 
What are your least favorite things? Deworming medicine (it taste funny) and flys (they bug me- hahaha).
 
What do you like best about your humans? Getting loved on, getting baths, and when they give me cookies
 
Have you ever won any awards? Yes many ribbons, buckles, sport medicine boots and many more for Gymkhana. 
Tags: Smoke

Horse Spotlight June 2014 - Tazz

Horse Spotlight June 2014 - Tazz

 
What is your name?  Tazz 
 
What is your breed? Quarter Horse/Arabian 
 
What color are you? Bay
 
How old are you? 15
 
How tall are you? 15.1 hands
 
What is your favorite color? Blue
 
What is your favorite treat? Apples
 
What is your favorite time of year? Summer because I love to sun bathe.
 
What is your favorite discipline? Trail riding
 
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? I love all horses:)
 
Do you prefer English or Western? Western
 
What are a few of your favorite things? Food, sleep and more food:)
 
What are your least favorite things? Getting my whiskers clipped.
 
What do you like best about your humans? I love when they groom me.
 
Have you ever won any awards? Yes I have won many barrel racing awards.
Tags: Taz, Tazz

Rider Spotlight June 2014 - Nicole Lindenauer

Rider Spotlight June 2014 - Nicole Lindenauer


Name: Nicole Lindenauer

How long have you been riding?  How long have you been riding with Kim?
I've been riding for 6 years now, all of them with Kim.
 
Who do you ride currently and who have you ridden in the past?
I ride Tazz currently and have ridden many other horses in the past.
 
What is your riding history? I've been riding since I was 9 and have enjoyed it ever since. I ride western and love to compete in barrel racing. 
 
Tell a little about your current mount: Tazz is my horse and he is the most amazing (even though he is lazy) horse you'll ever meet. He is trained in many disciplines from bridleless to barrel racing.
 
What is your favorite discipline(s)?
Barrel racing
 
What is your favorite thing to do at the barn (other than riding)?
Hanging out with friends and making new memories.
 
What is your favorite 2013 memory?
At State when I placed top 10 in Division 3 and got to spend 5 days in a cowgirls paradise.
 
What are your 2014 riding goals?
My goals are to make it to Division 2 in gymkhana and to become a better rider.
 
What are your long term riding goals?
To be able to ride and train any horse.
 
What do you get out of spending time at Franklin Canyon Stables?   
I've grown so much as a person from riding here. I am truly inspired by Kim and she has helped me to become the best person I can be. 
 
What do you get out of spending time with horses?
Everyday I am up there riding I am getting better and better without realizing it.
 
Have you ever won any riding/show awards?  If so, what?
Yes, Tazz and I have won many High Point awards in gymkhana, as well as a Top Ten belt buckle from State of Champions (SOC)
Tags: Nicole, Tazz

Rider Spotlight May 2014 - Marley Heim

Rider Spotlight ay 2014 - Marley Heim

 

Name: Marley Heim

How long have you been riding? About 7 years

How long have you been riding with Kim?  About 1 year

Who do you ride currently and who have you ridden in the past? I currently ride Smokey, and I have ridden Cassie, Cali, and Lakota.

What is your riding history?  Mostly pleasure riding , I have done jumping and a little barrel racing , and a lot of vaulting

Tell a little about your current mount:  Smokey is a dark bay pony , she jumps and can be very sassy.

What is your favorite discipline(s)? Vaulting is definitely my favorite discipline.

What is your favorite thing to do at the barn (other than riding)?  Practicing on the vaulting barrel and hanging out with my friends

What is your favorite 2013 memory?  Working and trailing at my old barn with all of my friends

What are your 2014 riding goals?  To show and have 2 full vaulting classes

What are your long term riding goals?  I want to go to state an win buckles and work with Kimmy for a lot longer

What do you get out of spending time at Franklin Canyon Stables?  I haven't been up there for that long but I've already learned so much, not just about riding but about horse care, too.

What do you get out of spending time with horses?  Horses make me happy and active, I meet new people and find out about sports and disciplines I had no idea existed.

Have you ever won any riding awards? If so, what?  I have won many 1st 2nd and 3rd place medals and ribbons in vaulting shows.

Tags: Marley

Horse Spotlight May 2014 - Lakota

Horse Spotlight May 2014 - Lakota

 

What is your name?  My name is Lakota.

What is your breed?  I am a Quarter Horse

What color are you?  I am chestnut (a gorgeous red head of course!)

How old are you?  I am 15 years old.

How tall are you?  I am 15.1 hands.

What is your favorite color? Yellow.

What is your favorite treat?  Apples

What is your favorite time of year?  Summer, I love going for trail rides and there being no rain and mud and the kids use me for vaulting.

What is your favorite discipline? Vaulting.

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?  No.  I don't really like other horses. 

Do you prefer English or Western?  Western.

What are a few of your favorite things?   Vaulting.  And Food.  And Trail Riding.

What are your least favorite things?  Being pet a lot by many people and hard work.

What do you like best about your humans?  When they turn me out and when they give me my food, or treats. And when they just leave me alone.

Have you ever won any awards?  I've won a few ribbons here and there, but nothing major.

Tags: Lakota

Rider Spotlight February 2014 - Talia Guidi

Rider Spotlight February 2014 - Talia Guidi


Name:  Talia Guidi

How long have you been riding?  How long have you been riding with Kim? I have been riding for 6 years, 3 with Kim

Who do you ride currently and who have you ridden in the past?  I currently ride Roxy and have previously ridden Cassie, Romeo and Titan (and Max, Cooper and Strawberry once).

What is your riding history?  I rode English before I came to Kim.  Now I show Gymkhana with Roxy.

Tell a little about your current mount:  Roxy is a spectacularly adorable and awesome little pony.  She's a princess and she knows it.  She's an awesome Gymkhana mount.

What is your favorite discipline(s)?  Jumping (Hurry Scurry)

What do you get out of spending time at Franklin Canyon Stables?   The people here are really nice and help you if you ever need it.  Kim is also the best instructor I have ever had.

Have you ever won any riding awards?  If so, what?  I have won 6 third places, and 1 fifth on Roxy.  I also won a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in English with Ginny Herron.

    • Roxy at State 2014
    • Roxy at State 2014
    • Roxy at State 2014
    • Talia and Roxy
    • Roxy as Bullseye - Halloween 2013
    • Waiting around at the 2013 Show of Champions
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Horse Spotlight February 2014 - Roxy

Horse Spotlight February 2014 - Roxy

 

What is your name?  Roxy

What is your breed?  Welsh Pony

What color are you?  Buckskin with a white blaze and white on my hind legs

How old are you?  9 years old

How tall are you?  Im Fun-sized! (11hh)

What is your favorite color?  Purple

What is your favorite treat?  Anything edible...Plus a few other things...

What is your favorite time of year?  I love the beginning of Gymkhana season because I love barrel racing and pole bending

What is your favorite discipline?  Pole bending

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?  Not at the moment, but Romeo and I are close friends.

Do you prefer English or Western?  Western

What are a few of your favorite things?   I Love to EAT!

What are your least favorite things?  Fly Spray

What do you like best about your humans? I love when they snuggle me and give me food!

Have you ever won any awards?  I have won 6 third place ribbons/medals and 1 fifth place.

    • Roxy at State 2014
    • Roxy at State 2014
    • Roxy at State 2014
    • Roxy's First Day
    • Talia and Roxy
    • Roxy
    • Roxy's First Day
    • Lovely Roxy
    • Roxy doing gymkhana!
    • Roxy
    • Roxy Relaxing
    • Roxy and Cassie
    • Roxy Looking Beautiful
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Jersey and Diamond Retirement

Jersey and Diamond, our beautiful Quarter Horse ladies, have been retired.  Both of them have gone up to Northern California to live with former retiree Strawberry.  They will live out their days free and happy in pasture and will be babied by one of our good friends and her children.  We are so happy to have found a wonderful place for them to retire.

Sadly for us, both of these girls are young and it is a loss to our program to have to retire them.  Jersey has been retired due to a stifle injury that has just not healed.  She has been laid up for over a year and is not improving.  We decided it is in her best interest to retire her.

Diamond has been retired due to a deteriorating condition.  Her front leg confirmation has never been great, and it's starting to take a toll.  She has been diagnosed with ring bone and there is no reversing of the damage and lameness from that.  She is sound for pasture, but is no longer sound for riding. 

We wish both of our beautiful girls all the best and know they will love their new life.

Please enjoy the slideshow of the two girls turned out in pasture together in their new home!

    • Diamond Retirement
    • Jersey Retirement
    • Jersey and Diamond Retirement
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Leila's Lessons - Week 29 - A Happy Goodbye

Leila's time with Franklin Canyon Stables is drawing to a close.  We are enjoying our last few days with her.  She will be moving down to a Jumping trainer in Southern California.  After several meetings, we've decided it's in her best interest to move to another location.  Franklin Canyon Stables has a lot of great things, but one thing it lacks is an arena that's big enough to do much jump work. We feel we've developed her as far as we can towards her new career with the facilities that we have.  We look forward to seeing her develop further with her new trainer over the next few months.  She may even pop up in a horse show or two over the next few months.  Keep a lookout for more updates on her from our Facebook page.

Kris took a long 4 mile trail ride with her last week and was really able to let loose and just have a wonderful time cantering around the hills.  She said it was the best goodbye she could have asked for.

Karin has come to say goodbye and gave her lots of pats and a few treats. 

The kids will be saying their goodbyes and helping me (Rachel) get her ready for shipping tomorrow.

I haven't said my goodbyes, but will handle that tomorrow by grooming her up and getting her packaged up nicely to ship for her new home.

She will be missed. 

We cannot wait to see where you go next Leila!

Please enjoy some of my favorite photos of Leila over the last several months.  I have updated by adding some preship and a post shipping photo of Leila from yesterday.  She has settled in happily already in Los Angeles.


Leila's Lessons - Week 26

We have waited a long time for this.

We like to take our time with horses.  Or to be more specific, we like to take the time that each individual horse requires to achieve goals.  Luke was a special case.  We could push him every time we took him out of his stall.  He was always ready for something new...but also easily bored. 

Leila is our princess.  She really is a darling mare and we've all enjoyed having her so much.  We have taken our time with her to build her up slowly.  Teaching her as slowly as she asked us too.  Building up her muscle.  Building up her confidence and self awareness.  Letting her body mature before asking her to do more than she was ready to do.

Today was the payoff.  Today we lunged her over a jump for the first time.  She took to it immediatly.  I will say that I've never seen a horse more happy and more proud of herself.  She puffed up and paraded around when we stopped her and was just so happy she put her head on our arm and sighed.  Then she wanted to go again.  She was so relaxed and happy, it was beautiful to experience.  Please enjoy a few clips.

Leila had several other big moments the last two weeks.  She finally went into season for the first time (very late...I know).  Other than being entirely confused as to what was happening to her, she was just as wonderful and well behaved as ever.  Her attitude towards other horses has not changed.  She still doesn't nip or kick at other horses or lay her ears back.

She's really bonded with Kris our volunteer and they work together several days a week.  She really bonds nicely with people and does very well when she trusts you and respects you.  She'll do whatever you ask.  She loves her person.  Right now Kris is her person.  We really hope that she finds her real person soon.

Another huge moment for her is she's now a trail horse!  She has recently been taken back up the trail and she is doing wondeful with it.  She's really relaxed and enjoying herself.  We are so proud of her.  We have been varying our locations riding her so that she is used to being ridden outside, in a covered arena, in a small arena and on the trail.  Nothing is bothering her, inside or outside.

We also recently moved her to a different stall as she was getting overly bonded to her neighbor.  She took that with grace and quickly moved on.

She has grown quite a fuzzy winter coat and continues to slowly put on weight.  Here's a side by side of her first week with us and her now.  As you can see, her breast bone was incredibly prominant, as well as her ribs, hips and spine the first week.  She's really filled in, and while still a smaller horse, she's filled in the weight where she needed it. 

Are you her person?  Do you have an interest in jumping/hunters/eventing?  Are you an intermediate/advanced rider?  Do you plan on putting a horse with a professional trainer? Do you want a horse that absolutly loves you?  Do you want a horse that loves to be loved on and pampered?  If you're her person, we'd love to meet you!