Each year The Home Ranch offers guests a week long experience during which they learn to lead Canadian Sport Horse weanlings that are 5 months old. At the week’s end, there is a horse sale of the weanlings open to all. This year The Home Ranch has two horse sales, September 13th & 20th.
By: Alec Nelson
I bought Tormenta as a yearling at The Home Ranch’s 2011 Canadian sport horse sale. Her sire is Ice Caper (Thoroughbred) and her dam is Buck’s Gal (Quarter Horse/Percheron). From the get-go she was a good-looking bay filly that seemed to have a respectful awareness of her surroundings. She was very alert and her survival instinct was strong, but not to the point that she was overly skittish; her trust
could be earned and she had a brave curiosity. When Tormenta was a long yearling (18-24 months), I used her for my very first colt starting demonstration. Things have gone pretty smoothly since then. She learns very quickly and is a horse that searches to do what is asked of her, a trait I find very important in a young horse. Now at the age of four, Tormenta is developing into a beautiful horse built a lot like a thoroughbred. She is smooth, soft, willing, responsive, and intelligent. At this point, she performs all the fundamental maneuvers of a horse quickly and automatically. I can throw a rope off of her and drag logs, she opens and closes gates perfectly, and I use her to bring in the herd from pasture. Tormenta is my go-to demonstration horse for horsemanship lessons and my assistant in starting new colts. Since she shows great promise, I hope to advance her even further to see her potential as a performance horse for competition in futurities or dressage.