At ‘Rancho Washikemba’ horse ranch Bonaire there are several breeds, an introduction:
– Allwreckdup (Tango) ,an American Thoroughbred gelding, born in Maryland USA, perfectly for dressage, jumping and trail riding. Ridden bitless, both in the arena and on the trails. When we go to Lagun, Tango likes to go into the water by himself. We take off the saddle and halter and he goes out for a roll in the sand and plays in the water by himself untill we’re ready. If we’re lucky, we can bring him home with us ;)
– Marybell (1.45m), a Paso Fino mare, born on Bonaire, ridden English style without a bit in the arena and with just a rope-halter on trail riding. Marybell hasitates to get into the water every single time, but once she’s in there, she doesn’t get out untill she has been blowing bubbles!
– Poco Blonde Princess (Poco), a Quarter Horse mare, born in Florida USA, trained western style, very sweet for humans and especially our 2 year old daughter. She is the best trail horse
– Sombra, a Paso Fino gelding, born in Colombia, young and full of energy but very sweet and the best swimmer. He’s the kindest horse I’ve met in 30 years, he can be very very insecure, but he is loves attention. Unfortunately right now he has an injury, but we can’t wait to get him back to Lagun!
– Sophia First of July (Sophietje), 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 on the trails and without a bit in the arena
– Sueno de Fransisco (Sueno), a Paso Fino mare, born and raised on Bonaire. She’s about 9 years old, but she’s not quite ready for all the lessons and the tours, but with experienced riders she’s doing wonderfull. She is ridden with just a rope-halter, both in the arena and outside
– El Fantastico de la estea (Fantastico), a Paso Fino gelding, born and raised on Curacao. He’s a horse with a great sense of humor (beweare after the rain, he loves a fresh, green snack!) and the boss of his herd of six. So you’re either riding him, or he is riding with you. B ut eitherway he’ll get you to Lagun and back!
Of course, all of our horses coming on the tours are all healthy, well trained, well behaved and like their job carrying people!
Twice a day, everybody get pellets from Dommelsche Watermolen horsefood and dried lucerne. They have there slowfeeders filled with hay both day and night, all imported from the Netherlands. Our horses only drink fresh water. And every evening all of them get out of there stabbles. We have two little herds. Our 6 Paso Fino’s (5 mentioned above, 1 is boarded at our stables) in one place. And then the two Thoroughbreds stay in the arena with food and water and Poco spends the night on the terrain, where she sleeps with the guys or comes into our house from time to time ;)
We equip the horses with an English saddle and except for Poco, all our horses are ridden bitless, both in the arena and on the trails. Four of our horses wear horseshoes or leather hoof-boots of Cavallo.
We don’t use ‘Paso Fino bits’ or hackemores!
3 thoughts on “The Horses”
The horses are beautiful! I owned a Peruvian paso for 21 yrs. He went to greener pastures 2 yrs. ago. I was wondering if you board horses or know if that is an option on the island. I am considering a visit end of the year which could be my retirement destination.
Hi Lilly, Thanks for your request! We board horses as well, at the moment two Paso Fino’s so feel free and welcome to visit us whenever you come to Bonaire !