Ziggy's Refuge is home to 7 beautiful Andalusian horses which were inherited with the property. Most of the horses have lived here for a majority of their life and under the care of several different property owners. They were used for breeding and showing during their "working years" on the farm. Several buyers have made offers for them, but just like the rest of the animals here, we want them to live out the rest of their lives here in "retirement," able to live happily and do as they please! Keep reading to learn a bit more about each horse.
When you drive up to our property, the first horse you will see is Rijoso. He lives in a pasture with the three cows and his best friend Maxwell the donkey. He is a stallion and was previously used as a show horse. Rijoso is easily most laid back stallion ever and loves everybody he meets. He is approx 23 years old. Rijoso had a few melanoma ulcers on him when we first purchased the farm (common in white horses), and his previous owners had tried many treatments and surgeries that didn't work in eliminating the cancer. However, today he is doing incredible and is in absolutely no pain. Kristin swears the by "Golden Paste" tumeric paste that she makes for him every week!
Next we have Reynoso, another ex-show horse and the son of Rijoso! He is also a stallion, and is extremely friendly and athletic... not to mention gorgeous! He is spunky and sometimes stubborn, but we love him so much that he can truly do no wrong, even when he's dragging us across the barns and pastures!
Cormarand, aka Cormie, is our third stallion. He was originally brought over from Spain to be a stud horse and show horse for the previous owners of the farm. Cormie now lives his days out in retirement, getting plenty of love and with a giant pasture all to himself to explore. He also loves people and loves to give little mischevious love nibbles to everyone who visits him.
In our back pasture live four other horses: two geldings (Magnifico and Ranger) and two mares (Selerosa and Niña). In Spring 2020, we suffered a sudden and devastating loss of our sweet Conquistadora due to colic from a twisted gut. Selerosa has taken the place of her beloved sister as the "head" mare. She and her sister were always spirited and lively, and the best of friends.
Niña isn't as attention-seeking as the other horses and it takes her awhile to warm up to people, but that doesn't mean she isn't full of love. She adores her son El Magnifico and spends most of her time shadowing him. This pretty girl loves carrots and acts playfully when she thinks nobody is watching. El Magnifico is the spunky, spirited opposite of mellow Niña. He can get into mischief sometimes, especially if it involves food, but to us, he's just as perfect as can be!
Last but certainly not least is darling Ranger. He is 34 years YOUNG!! He is in amazing shape and is an absolute angel. Ranger is probably our most easy-going horse on the farm, and he is happy as long as he is with his friends. Old man Ranger is beloved by everyone who meets him, as nearly everyone finds it hard to not slip him extra treats when his friends aren't looking! Ranger amazes us every day with his youthful spirit and gentleness.