Double Star Ranch

 

 Click on the pictures below or the names above to go directly to each horse's page to read more about them!

 Currently, we have 18 horses to introduce to you. Don't worry, we will get the herd up here, it just might take some time! Meanwhile, you can check us out on Facebook to see some pictures of everyone and don't forget to "like" us to keep up to date with special offers and contests!

The Care of Our Horses:

We give our horses the best care we possibly can. 

Everyone is treated like family and as an individual rather than "just a horse" because they aren't "just" a horse, they are a living, breathing, thinking horse, with their very own personalities.

Feeding

During the summer months, our herd of horses lives on 150 acres divided into pastures which we rotate them throughout to keep plenty of grass for them to eat. Some of the herd would receive grain as well as the free choice of grass and other foraged plants they find on pasture. These are the horses that either come to us under weight or have a bit more trouble maintaining weight while working, we feed them accordingly and use Step 6 from Proform Feeds to put weight on anyone who needs it (not many once the pasture starts growing in the spring).

Winter tends to bring us plenty of snow which covers all of our pasture. We will still allow the horses to paw for forage on the pasture but, we will also feed them quality hay so that they always have plenty to eat.

We often start feeding during the fall months as soon as the pasture starts running low on feed. Once the pasture starts growing again in the spring, we will slowly transition them from the hay back to the pasture. Although they are in one of the pastures all winter, as the new grass shoots spring forth, the horses tend to nibble them down right away which does not allow much time for growth of the grass thus we will let the herd into one of the closed off pastures for a period of time, increasing it until they are able to be in the pasture all day. As the horses receive more pasture time (and more grass is able to grow in the pasture they are on), they will eat less and less hay until they are no longer interested in the hay.

They have access to fresh water at all times. During the winter months, we actually heat the water to prevent it from freezing up.

Hoof Care

We like having all of our horses barefoot (unshod). We have found them to have much healthier hooves since we decided to pull all of the shoes. We trim our horses hooves ourselves using the ABC Hoofprint Method in which we have seen even more positive results since switching to this method.

Shelters, Blanketing, Etc.

All of our pastures have lots of natural shelter that the horses enjoy hanging out under during the summer to escape the heat of the sun and the winter months to escape the cold winds. Our dry pen, where our paint stallion, Trouble, is currently living, has a brand new shelter built to allow any horse that is unable to live on the pasture to also have access to shelter. The new shelter is also able to be used as a stall in the event that someone needs to be placed on stall rest.

Everyone gets checked on daily to ensure that they are all healthy, happy and sound.

While most of our horses are pretty hardy and do very well in growing a winter coat to keep them warm and healthy all winter, we have a couple that are not as adept at keeping warm over the winter months. Any of the horses that we find have difficulty keeping warm in the cooler weather or maintaining a healthy weight to get a warm winter blanket to wear.