The Horses

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.

Blondy Studebaker (1.43m), a ‘trocha’ Paso Fino mare, born on Curacao with the gaits of a Paso Fino, the best trail horse.

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.
Marybell (8)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.
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Blaze’s Joseph (1.68m), an American Thoroughbred gelding, born in Florida USA, perfect for dressage and trail riding.
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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.

Lady (1.22m), a Welsh pony mare, born on Curacao, very sweet for little children. Our oldest, our grandma, almost retired!
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Sombra (1.44m), a Paso Fino gelding, born in Colombia, young and full of energy but very sweet and the best swimmer.

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.

Sueno de Fransisco (1.45m), a Paso Fino mare, born and raised on Bonaire. She’s young, but she’s ready for the lessons and the tours, very willing and sweet, 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.

Mosigue a.k.a Zorro (1.15m), a Paso Fino / Shetland pony cross 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!


3 thoughts on “The Horses

  1. 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.


    1. 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 !


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