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Our Herd

All of our horses at Home Base Ranch were rescued. Each horse has a history, just like our youth, and every human being. They have come to Home Base Ranch – after working various jobs – to heal themselves, each other, and the young people who interact with them. Every horse has a different personality, and together they serve as our Equine Learning Herd.

Austin Powers
At Home Base Ranch since 2014

Austin Powers trained and served as a Vaulting Horse prior to living at Home Base Ranch. Equestrian vaulting is most often described as gymnastics and dance on horseback – with the horse walking or cantering in a circle. Retired from vaulting, Austin Powers came to Home Base Ranch in 2014.

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At Home Base Ranch since 2014

EZ's father was a champion professional western pleasure horse competing in rodeos. EZ was also an athlete, training to follow in his father’s footsteps until he unfortunately injured his knee. Though arthritis has settled in EZ’s knee, he is a healthy young man and expect him to serve for many more years.

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At Home Base Ranch since 2014


Kryptonite was a little girl’s horse before his difficulties. He has settled into his job at Home Base Ranch, and has become a favorite of many of our mentees. He's had few health issues, but has recovered well - today he is a healthy boy.

At Home Base Ranch since 2015

Trudy came to Home Base Ranch when she needed to find a new home. Her original owners could no longer take care of her. Much of her history prior to her arrival at Home Base Ranch is unknown to us, and we love her.


At Home Base Ranch since 2023
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At Home Base Ranch since 2023

These two mini donkeys are inseperable, so we adopted them both. They're unflappable! Our super mellow boys aren't scared of the big horses, loud noises, or anything else. They love to eat, and are the perfect size for our younger mentees, though all of our visitors love them. At about ten years old, we'll be enjoying this pair of cuties for many decades.


Gone but not forgotten.

Remembered for the many gifts they left behind, these friends are no longer with us physically.

At Home Base Ranch 2014-2015

Nathan was affectionately called Grandpa Nate by all of us at Home Base Ranch. He was cremello colored – the horse world name for blond.

He spent the last year of his long, hard-working life at Home Base Ranch soaking up all the tender care he could. When it was time to put Nathan down, the last week at the ranch was all about Grandpa Nate. The tired horse was very old and in a lot of pain that could no longer be controlled. Nathan got all the treats he wanted, extra love, songs and ceremony on his way out. He deserved it and more.

Resting peacefully, we honor Grandpa Nate and his long years of service. Part of Nathan lives on at the ranch, and we are better humans for it.



Glitter came to Home Base Ranch after a varied career as a trail horse, a barrel racer, fox hunter, breakaway roping, and more – Glitter has retired as an Equine Assisted Learning horse, and is living her best life at a huge ranch in Southern California.

Home Base Ranch Hand 2012-2019

Ranger worked hard at loving everyone at the ranch. With his big smile and gentle nature, of course everybody loved him back. Ranger’s keen sense of people’s emotions led him to sit by whoever needed his deep, calm presence. He often leaned in on people as his way of quietly hugging and supporting.

When he wasn’t working, Ranger was also really good at playing baseball. Ranger was the best outfielder – he never failed to bring the ball back.

As junior member of the Home Base Ranch team, Ranger took to his job easily and happily, contributing to chores in his own eager way. Ranger left a thick layer of his sweet energy behind and we still draw from it every day.


Our very first horse to arrive at Home Base Ranch, Sneakers is easy to identify by his 4 white socks. Of all the things, Sneakers loves his snacks the best. After over a decade of service, Sneakers has retired with Glitter.

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