Portia – Standardbred Cross

Portia is a 17YO Standardbred cross mare, one of 27 from a starvation case in El Paso County. Portia can be haltered and groomed but is still hesitant about picking up her feet. She responds well to clicker training and loves her butt scratched! As soon as Portia becomes more comfortable with us humans, we will have her hooves trimmed and her teeth floated.

Update: Portia’s teeth have been floated. She has scarring on her tongue at about the area where a bit would rest. Perhaps someone tried to start her under saddle in a very inhumane way. No wonder she’s afraid of humans. She appears to be in foal and will be preg checked on January 14.

Update: Portia was preg checked and is in foal – estimated due date is mid-May. Our farrier, Zac Sanger, trimmed her hooves while she was sedated. She has been one of the most fearful horses we’ve encountered. Although progress is being made, it is very slow.

Update: Portia had her foal on March 25, 2012. Baby Maquinna was challenged from the beginning with fluid in her lungs, weak and too small. She fought hard but lost her battle on April 14. May she rest in peace.

Update: Portia has become friendlier in the time here at Ruby Ranch. Strides have been made in haltering, grooming, ground work, and even picking up her feet. She easily approaches for a treat, is not aggressive and enjoys clicker training and grooming. Her gait is lovely and perhaps whatever training she had regarding her movement is why she has had difficulty in having her hooves handled. She is a friendly and not dominant pasture pal. She likes one-on-one attention with a human. Portia is a companion horse only at this time.

Portia has been accepted by Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary to spend her life with other companion horses. Thank you Proud Spirit for giving this excellent safe haven to our beloved Portia!

Kiowa – Arab/Appaloosa

Kiowa is a beautiful red roan Arab/Appy cross mare, foaled in 1998. She stands at just over 14.3H and weighs about 1000 lbs. Kiowa was rescued from a situation where she had been abused by children throwing rocks and sticks at her over a period of time. Kiowa has since learned to trust humans and when worked with consistently, will follow you around seeking attention. Kiowa has beautiful conformation, is saddle trained but has not had consistent riding during the past couple years. Under saddle she will stop and shut down rather than go forward and has not shown a tendency to buck or rear. She has a nice floaty, forward trot.
Kiowa needs to go to that human who is willing and experienced to be consistent with her and be patient during the process. We have a “no breeding” stipulation for our mares and fillies.

Update: Kiowa has been ridden by our trainer and board member, Lori Torrini, thanks to a training grant received through the Animal Assistance Foundation. Her student, Hannah, has also ridden her. It is apparent that with calm and gentle handling and riding, Kiowa progresses in her ability to stay focused and carry her rider. She continues to need consistent handling in order to bring her to her full potential.

Update: Kiowa is at Deseos Arabians to continue her under-saddle re-training, again thanks to the Animal Assistance Foundation for their generous grant. Lori Torrini and husband, Jim, at Deseos are riding her and progressing well with Kiowa’s training. She can revert to becoming unfocused and fearful, but these episodes are becoming fewer.

Update: It is becoming obvious that Kiowa may just need to be relegated to that companion status. Although she is fun and friendly on the ground, hooks on beautifully and works at liberty with simple cues, she continues to resist under saddle work, not with a buck or rear, but simply shutting down. She stands for the farrier, trailer loads, is easy to catch and gets along well with others in her herd.

Update: Kiowa is at Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary in Yoder, CO, as a permanent resident. Thank you to the board of directors of Spirit Keeper for accepting Kiowa and giving her a great home for the rest of her life.

Polly – Grade QH

Polly is a grade mare, approximate foal date Spring 2007. We were told she is appendix although we don’t see it in her size or conformation. She was born with a couple of congenital issues, one being the lordosis (dropped back) just behind her withers, the other is an enlarged frontal bone (midline above the eyes). Neither of these issues is a health threat, but it is apparent that Polly will be a companion horse and is not to be ridden.
Polly came to us with four others from S. Calhan Hwy.

RRHR assisted the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office with the rescue of these horses who were starving; one had already died. More information about these horses is on the page, “S. Calhan Hwy Horses.”

Polly is sweet as can be, frolicks with the other horses, bucks, rears and cavorts – she certainly doesn’t know that she has anything different about her. She now weighs 835 lbs and is 14H. She stands for the farrier, leads up nicely and has learned the ground manners to make her a super little horse. If you are looking for a fun little companion horse, choose Polly!

Thank you to Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary for accepting Polly as a member of their herd. Polly will live out her life in Georgia, enjoy the company of other sanctuary horses.

Miko – Mustang

Miko is a 12YO dun gelding (approximate DOB, January 2004), homebred mustang. He was turned over to Ruby Ranch through the El Paso County Sheriff’s Dept. Miko is friendly and willing with nice ground manners. He stands at about 14.3+H and weighs about 1000 lbs. Even though Miko may have rarely had a hoof trim, he stands well for our farrier. Miko came to RRHR with an old injury to his hind hoof. He could be suitable for light riding when trained. Miko trailer loads and hooks on in the round pen and is learning to disengage his hindquarters, lower his head and complete other ground tasks.

Update: Miko is learning his ground training tasks and becoming desensitized. He’s particularly wary of that ole plastic bag, but takes a saddle blanket on his back and ropes around his legs just fine. He’s learned to lower his head, laterally flex and he’s learned to pick up his feet on the first ask. He’s a stout and good looking boy who is easy to catch, friendly and doing well with roundpen work.

Update: Miko has an old injury to his right hind hoof that we are rehabilitating. We are keeping that hoof balanced even though he has a callous that forms from the coronet band on down. He will be adopted as a companion animal who could be suitable for leadline or light riding in the future. Our trainer, Tanya Lowe has been able to sit on his back and Miko is non-reactive.

Update: Thanks to our good friends at the Lacey Foundation, Miko has been provided a forever home so he can live out his life just being a horse. The Lacey Foundation is located in Larkspur, CO. View their website at www.thelaceyfoundation.com.

Vinnie – TB

Vinnie is a 14YO, 16.2ish TB gelding recently added to the RRHR rescue umbrella via friends who saw a need and acted on it. In collaboration, Anna Blake Training of Infinity Farm, the aforementioned friends, and RRHR have offered protection, vet evaluation, and a full tummy for this sweetest of boys who has a pelvis malady and should never be jumped again. We are happy to provide an easier life for Vinnie; happy to view a horse not just through the eyes of “usefulness” but as one who deserves comfort, care, and well-being.
Vinnie is being evaluated by Dr. Sandra Grover and has had his first chiropractic/acupuncture treatment. He was used as a lesson horse in jumping. He comes to us with no knowledge of what happened in his pelvic region. Updates will be provided as he progresses through treatment. Stay tuned!

Update June 2015: Vinny is improving! He had his second chiropractic/acupuncture session and has been seen loping with his giant stride looking oh so nice! He is scheduled for a third chiro session. We will see what we have after that.

Update August 2015: Vinnie is being dosed with pentosan and his condition has improved dramatically. He gallops out to pasture and is able to lay down with comfort.
It is too soon to know if he will ever be able to carry weight again, but Vinnie has a big heart, is calm, and very people friendly. He is a pleasure to be around.

Vinnie has been provided safe haven and a permanent home with the Lacey Foundation, where he will live out his life with other companion horses. Thank you to the Lacey Foundation for providing this most excellent situation for Vinnie!

Keira – Arabian

This little beauty is about eight years old and has been started under saddle. She’s had a few years off as a family pet, but with some reintroduction to ground training, then refresher under saddle, she will be one sweet rideable horse.
Keira is up-to-date with vaccinations, deworming and hoof care. She trailer-loads and stands for the farrier. Keira wants to be your best friend. She is somewhat stout but is only 14.2H in height.
She was initially rescued by Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue as one of 26 pintabians (pinto/Arabian cross) and was the only solid-color horse in the herd. She was just two years old and slightly thin. Her personality was feisty and loveable all at the same time. Her adopter is grieved to return her to Ruby Ranch, but finances and the loss of her home dictate some hard decisions. We are pleased to represent Keira again!

Update: Keira has been adopted.

Lily – Arabian


Lily is a 19YO registered Arabian, about 14.3H and 970 lbs., who is nicely trained as a trail horse and has even had experience in ranch life to herd and pen cattle. She was adopted six years ago through Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue to an owner who takes excellent care of her horses. This owner is now dealing with a health issue which forces re-homing of Lily. Lily is friendly and easy to keep. She will ground tie and does not appreciate being tied. She will ride bitless, which she prefers. She will need some consistency in riding as her owner has not been able to ride her for quite some time.

Update: Lily has been adopted!

Casanova – Grade

Casanova (or Nova as we have been calling him) is a grade gelding, about 26-27 years old, 15.1H. He was relinquished to RRHR because his owner could no longer afford to feed him. His teeth are expiring and he will need soaked pelleted feeds for the rest of his life. Nova is otherwise healthy and sound. We were told he was suitable for beginners, knowing all cues for walk, trot, canter, back, and whoa. Now that he has gained his weight our trainer will assess him for under saddle skills. Because of his age, we will adopt him to a low usage home. Casanova is gentle and respectful on the ground and has a lovely personality.

Update: Casanova tacks up nicely and rides beautifully. He neck reins, is sound at the walk and trot, needs a little tune-up with lateral flexion, but may be suitable for a savvy beginner.

Update: Casanova has been adopted

Captain – Gaited

Captain is a 25 year old gaited gelding who was sent through the Calhan auction at the end of January. Thank you to the Colorado Horse Rescue Network for purchasing him at auction. RRHR was only too happy to bring him here for his re-feeding program. He is very thin, weighing about 890 lbs yet standing at over 15.1H. RRHR equine dentist Dr. Sandra Grover assessed his age and mouth. He will be floated when he gains a bit more weight, although Dr. Grover thought he had been cared for in the past, with a float as recently as 2-3 years ago.

Captain is a very friendly sort who readily follows us humans around, probably in search of more food and treats. His current re-feeding schedule includes a 4:00 a.m. mush feeding so that he doesn’t have to last an entire eight hours with an empty stomach. His teeth are expiring and he will need soaked or at least pelleted feed for the rest of his life.

Update June 2015: Captain has gained the weight he needs and is still receiving chiropractic/acupuncture treatments from Dr. Sandi Grover. We have the third session scheduled for July 31. He is gaining more mobility in his hips and spine. Stay tuned!

Update July 2015:¬†Captain has had the good fortune to be accepted at The Lacey Foundation Animal Sanctuary in Larkspur. It was determined by RRHR’s exceptional veterinarian, Dr. Sandra Grover, that Captain’s spine and pelvis should no longer carry a rider. The Lacey Foundation will give Captain a beautiful pasture and shelter where he will live out his life with other sanctuary horses, never to be rehomed again. Yay for Captain!

Klassi – Morgan

Klassi came to RRHR because of the untimely death of her owner, Gerda Pascucci, a friend of Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue. This beautiful mare is a registered Morgan, 15 years old, almost 15.2H, nicely trained, healthy and sound. She has not been ridden for some time, and as soon as the rains clear, we will do a riding assessment. Her history includes both trail and arena riding, English and Western. We understand that she is a forward horse, who is suitable for a confident rider. We put her through some roundpen exercises, all tacked up, and she was calm, attentive, and willing. More information coming soon.

Update: Klassi goes nicely under saddle. She had not been ridden for awhile so can become inattentive. Gentle reminders are all that are needed and lots more consistency with saddle time. She seems to prefer a bridle without the noseband, although she had been ridden with an English bridle for some years. Klassi is getting tune-up training by Tanya Lowe. Klassi is not a dominant horse in the herd. She enjoys the company of her herdmates and will call out to them when separated.

Update: Klassi has been adopted!