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Thank you to all bidders, bidding is now closed. We will be checking your references and our ranch manager Michele Wolford will be in touch regarding the next steps.

Horse                    Highest Bid               Bidder

Indy                         $2,800                     Elizabeth C.

Itty Bitty                    $1,000                  Tammy O.

Kaylee                      $1,900                     Page M.

Maui                        $1,000                      Pam P.

Tango                        $500                       Gus R.

Tequila                       $600                     Yvonne C.

Tilly                            $900                     Tammy O.

The highest bidder wins the first right to adopt, our adoption requirements and procedures still apply (please review our adoption agreement.) Our main goal is a good match for each horse and adopter. Sometimes additional training may be required to ensure a successful adoption. If a good match cannot be achieved with the highest bidder, we will contact the next highest bidder on the list.


  • Adoption Auction Process 2020:
  • - Please submit the Adoption Application and Riding Experience Checklist - REQUIRED FOR BIDDING
  • - Bids will be accepted per email and phone and the highest bid will be published at the end of each day
  • - Minimum bid amount per horse is $500
  • - The highest bidder has the first right to adopt (adoption regulations apply!)
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  • Indy

    Gelding, 6 YEARS OLD, 14.2hh, Grade, Bay

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    Training Progress

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    July 1, 2020 Update: 

    Indy has really mellowed out into a fun, personable gelding. He loves kids and attention of all kinds (but especially being groomed) and is the first to meet you at the gate. He halters, leads, and stands tied well, as well as has impeccable saddling manners. He has good feet manners and fly spray manners, too! He has been learning to maintain whichever speed his rider asks for while also remaining directable. He is learning to neck rein, has an excellent whoa and backup, and picks up both leads at the lope. He is learning to navigate obstacles (like the tarp, slicker, and being roped off of), and I expect would someday make a good kids horse. He is developing an excellent work ethic and is learning to navigate terrain obstacles out in the mountains as well. Since arriving here at CowPunch Ponies Ranch, he has lost some chubbiness and is starting to be more in shape! He absolutely loves to trail ride (and rides out well alone!) and shows an aptitude for a really nice, quiet gelding- someone will be very lucky to have him!

    May 19 update: Indy is doing great. Day 31 update:
    Indy is smart, willing, and sweet-natured. He has been a lot of fun for me to work with. For as chunky as he is, I have been very pleasantly surprised by his work ethic, and he is coming along nicely. By day 10 I was able to ride him out of the round pen and that’s a pretty big deal. He’s polite about his feet as well as all his ground manners, ties well, stands politely to be saddled and bridled, LOVES to be groomed, and can be ridden “off cold” without being lunged first. For as chunky as he is, he is not super into the whoa right now but I suspect that will change pretty quickly. He’s doing great with leg pressure and obstacles (of all kinds!) are a BREEZE for him. We’re working on trotting poles this week and he’s doing a great job.

    April 1, 2020:

    Pros: He is a smart gelding who reads his handler well. When he is feeling confident with his handler, he will be very laid back. He has proven himself to be very safe for most volunteers to catch and groom.

    Cons: When he is feeling unconfident, he needs a little more guidance. He can get reactive with misguidance and mixed cues. Sometimes he hides that he is just tolerating new things instead of accepting them.

  • Itty Bitty

    mare, 4 YEARS OLD, 14.1hh, grade, bay

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    Update 7/24: I am doing La Garrocha,  it’s far from technically correct, especially since in typical performance La Garrocha is primarily at canter. That would require a lot more collection (weight shift to my haunches) which I hope to learn and develop over time. And my gosh, my teacher sure needs to get her form better holding La Garrocha! Nonetheless, Teacher and I had fun playing with flexion in the curb bit. Actually mostly I liked trying to eat the shank on the Spanish bit. Hope you enjoy!

    Week 13: July 12 through 18
    Only two more weeks until graduation! The online auction based adoption will begin Saturday, August 1 on The Horse Shelter website. In the meantime, Teacher and I decided we would do more video posts for my diary. If you have any special requests, something you want to see or have explained, please let us know and we’ll shoot a little tutorial. How far I’ve come! For this week I have some canter videos and a video of me with one of Teacher’s riding lesson clients. Enjoy!


    Week 10: June 21 through 27 Video update
    It’s been a big week with exams. Teacher says that I need to use my skills with different people not just her. So, my first practical exam under saddle, which Teacher likes to call a “crash test,” was to see if someone else could ride me. Of course, I passed with honors! Teacher was so proud, not only of me, but of her Horsemanship student, Lexy Derr. Young Lexy adopted James, now famously known as Picasso, from the 2015 Trainer Challenge. Together they’ve done everything, including won a saddle! Wow! And Teacher says I can do great things too. Later in the week another human student, Joelle Baum, took me through some groundwork maneuvers. Once again. A+++. School is great!

    Week 9: June 14 through 20
    Wow again! Teacher sure hasn’t run out of things for me to do! Mostly now we seem to be applying my body movements to functional skills like dragging logs and maneuvering gates. We also keep working on my balance and consistency for the other kind of gaits, especially trot and canter. Our field trip this week was to Starynight Ranch. Some of my friends went on a group trail ride, but Teacher decided that it would be best for she and I to hang back and ride more independently so I wouldn’t just be following around the other horses and keep learning to stay attentive to my rider. The pictures try to show the sandy arroyo we explored and the road back to SRN. It was supposed to show the homestead, but Teacher doesn’t have a clue of what she’s photographing from the saddle. My mane looks cool though. Teacher and I have so much fun together!

    Week 8: June 7-14
    Teacher and I have been very busy, so this week’s diary entry is an Itty bit late. Teacher thinks that I have potential as a carriage horse in addition to riding. Therefore, our field trip this week was to visit a friend of Teacher’s who’s really really skilled at carriage driving. You can see in the pictures I got comfortable with something called a single tree that was then attached to a heavy log so that I could pull the weight. With my current skills I’m ready to plow a field! Teacher and I will keep practicing and see how far we get toward an actual carriage between now and graduation day. I also got to meet donkeys and llamas. They were nice. The llamas looked like that inner tube creature I met a couple of weeks ago at the river. Of course, Teacher and I continue working on all the basics. Things get an itty-bit better every day!

    Week 1 April 18-25:
    I loaded the bus at the Horse Shelter and headed for boarding school on Saturday, April 18. The first thing we did when we arrived was have lunch. That was great! After lunch the Maestra taught me the general rules and guidelines. Apparently, I am NEVER to push into her space. I got a haircut too! On Sunday I tried on one of several uniforms. Who knew there was so much stuff to wear! Early in the week I began Driver’s Ed; something about steering and brakes. It’s kinda weird because I’m not supposed to turn around and look at the teacher. I also spend a fair amount of time in gym class in an area called the round pen. There’s also gymnastic training and I learned to stand on something called a pedestool. During recess I love knocking all the playground equipment over and rolling in the sandbox. My teacher thinks I’m terrific. And everyone I’ve met adores me. I eat well, sleep well, and am learning LOTS!

    April 1, 2020:

    Pros: She truly enjoys people. She is very smart and athletic. Once she is focused on learning, she really excels.

    Cons: She will at times test her handler. She needs constant stimulus because she is easily distracted. If allowed to, she will ignore her handler.

  • Kaylee

    Mare, 4 YEARS OLD, 15 hh, Grade, Sorrel with white hairs

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    Update July 25:

    After having Kaylee now for only 10 weeks, I am just blown away by how much she’s learned.  She has gone on several trail rides happily and safely, both with other horses and by herself.  She can do a fairly correct turn on the forehand and on the haunches.  I began introducing leg yields to her this week, and as long as I don’t sit crooked, she is very responsive.  She picks up both leads readily with the correct signal.  She is just the sweetest, most loveable horse, always willing and eager to do whatever I ask of her.  She nickers at me when I call her name and approach her paddock, and she especially loves it when I bring her a banana!  Part of the reason she has been so easy to train is that she is extremely sensitive and quick, both physically and mentally.  She is also very athletic and a big mover, so she needs an owner who already has a solid seat, quiet hands, and a patient mind. Kaylee could truly do any discipline-working cow horse, reining, cutting, pleasure/trail, even dressage or hunter/jumper!  I ride her in an English saddle and will be having her jumping small jumps by adoption time.  I love this mare!

    Update May 31: Kaylee is one of the nicest horses I’ve ever worked with. She is extremely willing and a VERY quick learner. She loves to work and is always happy to do whatever I ask her to do. One of her best AND worst qualities is how sensitive she is-she learns EVERYTHING equally fast, so she has the ability to learn bad habits just as quickly as good ones. Any potential adopter will need to have a keen sense of horsemanship, and be able to be very subtle and quiet with their aids.”


    April 9:

    Pros: She likes attention. Overall, she is confident in herself. She is a quick learner.

    Cons: She can be a little pushy on the ground but is improving. She can be a bit reactive to fast movement and noise from objects. She has the least amount of training.

  • Maui

    mare, 5 YEARS OLD, 15hh, Grade, Cremello

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    Update June 3: Greg took Maui into training on May 22.

    After just 10 days, Maui is progressing at a rapid pace.  She is proving to be trusting and confident, a willing, easy learner.  She looks forward to going out to work, and so far has shown no resistance to new things…..always willing to try quietly, with no drama or anxiety.  It is a pleasure to work with her!

    Update  May 22: Greg Russell’s first horse Vegas had to be pulled, due to not responding to training in a way that would have been conducive to this situation. Vegas will need a longer period of time and more intense evaluations in her training, than this event time-frame allows for. Thank you Greg, for being patient with her and recognizing her limitations and not pushing her beyond what was healthy for her.

    Greg returned Vegas to the THS training program and took Maui on May 22 into training.

    Pros: She likes attention. She has self-confidence. Once you establish your role with her, she is a willing partner.

    Cons: She remains difficult to catch, even though she likes attention, it is on her terms. She can be a little pushy on the ground, but is improving. She can be sticky footed and needs to be motivated to try something new.

  • Tango

    Mare, 6 YEARS OLD, 14hh, Grade, Chestnut

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    Update July 6, 2020: Tango is very smart and very trainable. She is shy with new people and needs somebody that will put in time to build a relationship with her. Once she trusts she is very, very brave and few things make her worry.  Tango is comfortable to ride, has nice gaits and trailers well (she went all the way to CA and back!) Stpehanie thinks she’ll be good at pretty much anything She likes cows, is fascinated with lawnmower, gets along with other horses,  and has super sound, good feet. She’ll take some time to build a relationship with to get comfortable. She’ll prefer more whoa than go, is responsive, but not hot at all. She’ll make somebody a super horse who is willing to take time with her.

    April 1, 2020:

    Pros: Overall, she wants to try. She looks to her handler for help. The more exposure she gets, the better she has become.

    Cons: She came in feral, so everything is new to her. She can lock up and tends to just tolerate things instead of accepting them. She will need someone that gives consistent and clear guidance.

  • Tequila

    Mare, 3 YEARS OLD, 14+hh, Grade, Bay

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    A few notes: A few notes: Tequila is still VERY sensitive about the mount and dismount, so Brody opted to leave the dismount on the off side out of the video since she’s not really ready for that…He’s only just barely gotten her to stand for the mount (and usually for the dismount on the left side too but she was a little worried today). She can be MUCH better than this video, but we both felt this video was a little more fair for people to see since she is indeed reactive and easily overwhelmed-and was a little reluctant to slow down this morning– although she DOES want to be very quiet and responsive (as you can see in her speed transitions). Usually after her warm up she’s much more quiet and relaxed.


    July 1, 2020 Update:

    Tequila is doing so nicely! She loves to meet Brody at the gate and place her nose into the halter. She leads, stands tied, loads into the trailer, and accepts the saddle well! She has proven herself to be a very smart and willing partner, and is progressing daily into a nice riding mare. She loves the mountains and picks her footing well and navigates all terrain obstacles with ease–including ravines, rivers, rocks, steep inclines and declines, and fallen trees. She has been learning to neck rein and is doing very well with leg pressure as well, and Brody is loving how responsive and willing she is! After overcoming a few obstacles at the beginning of training, she has proven to be a very brave and sweet partner with a desire to adventure and a love for new things. We were shocked to see how confident she is about “scary” objects like the tarp, Walmart bags/feed sacks, etc., and she shows no sign of fear of any of them! She’s smooth and has learned gait transitions well, always willing to offer up a trot or lope and always willing to give a nice whoa and a respectful backup. She will need an experienced rider. With time and patience, she will make someone a VERY nice mare!

     

    April 1, 2020:

    Pros: She has been learning a lot of new things and has a lot of try. She values structure. She gives an honest effort when asked to do something new.

    Cons: She came in feral and untouchable. She is not very confident but gets better once she trusts her handler. When being pushed too quickly, she can become reactive or lock up.

  • Tilly

    Mare, 7 YEARS OLD, 14hh, Grade, Chestnut

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    Update June 23: Tilly has been such a fun girl to work with. She is smart and has so much try. She has been exposed to dogs, some cows, roads, solo trail rides, and much more. She has really stepped up to the plate and shocked me with how brave she has become. Tilly once was a timid feral mare, but now is blossoming under saddle as a great partner. She stands quiet to be groomed, saddled and bridled. Tilly also is learning leg cues and is starting to neck rein. I could see her becoming a great trail horse, but she also enjoys arena work. Her future is full of possibilities and diversity.

     

     

    April 1, 2020:

    Pros: She has a lot of confidence. She is willing to try new things. Once she bonds with her handler, everything gets better.

    Cons: She came in feral and can still be reactive at times. She can be shy before she knows a new person, especially during the initial approach and haltering. She can mentally hold on to bad experiences for a while.