At ‘Rancho Washikemba’ horse ranch Bonaire there are several breeds, an introduction:
– Il Tigretto, a.k.a. Hank the Tank (1.72m), a Royal Dutch Sporthorse (KWPN) gelding, born in the Netherlands and dressage champion. Very sweet and nice to kids in the lessons. The only Dutch and the tallest horse on Bonaire!
– Allwreckdup, a.k.a. Tango (1.63m), an American Thoroughbred gelding, born in Maryland USA, perfectly for dressage, jumping and trail riding.
– Marybell (1.45m), a Paso Fino mare, born on Bonaire, ridden English style in the arena and with just a rope-halter on trail riding.
– Scarlet (1.52m), an Arabian mare, born in the USA but lived for a long time on Curacao, in the arena perfect for dressage and jumping lessons, for the more experienced rider on trail rides.
– Blaze’s Joseph (1.68m), an American Thoroughbred gelding, born in Florida USA, perfect for dressage and trail riding.
– Poco Blonde Princess (1.59m), a Quarter Horse mare, born in Florida USA, trained western style, very sweet for (childrens) lessons and a very good trail horse.
– Sophia First of July (1.45m), a Paso Fino mare, daughter of Marybell and born at our ranch, for the more experienced riders on trail rides, ridden with just a rope-halter.
– La Reina del Arco (1.39m), a Pura Raza Colombiana (Paso Fino) mare, born on Curacao. In her younger years she was a ‘trote y galope’ competition horse, but now she’s the sweetest but still high spirited trail horse for experienced riders, ridden with just a rope-halter.– El Fantastico de la estea (1.47m), a Paso Fino gelding, born and raised on Curacao. He’s a joker and a macho, but easy to ride. In the the lessons with a snaffle bit (he’s a good jumper!) and the tours with a rope-halter.
– Zorro (1.15m), a pony-mix gelding, born and raised on Curacao. He’s so cute but a macho, keeps his herd of mares together! He’s used to a bit, but we’re going to teach to ride him with a rope-halter.
Of course they are all healthy, well trained, well behaved and like their job carrying people!
Twice a day, the ones who need it get pellets from Besterly horsefood, and all of them do get several products from grass drier Hartog, including mixed grass, lucerne and high-density grass, all imported from the Netherlands. The horses also get Venezuelan meadow hay. Although there is a well with brackish water on our land, our horses only drink fresh water.
We equip the horses with an English or a western saddle and, for trail riding and beginner lessons a rope-halter, and for the advanced riders a snaffle bit in the dressage lessons. Five of our horses wear horseshoes or leather hoof-boots of Cavallo.
We don’t use ‘Paso Fino bits’ or hackemores!