With over 100 horses, we do lose some from time to time due to illness or old age. It is heartbreaking, but a fact of ranch life. Occasionally, we have a loss that is monumental, and we had one of those recently: an icon of Vista Verde and a kind gentleman who has taught countless kids how to ride. We sadly share with you that we lost our favorite Cowboy.
Cowboy came to the ranch around 2005 and immediately became a guest and staff favorite with his flashy looks and willing attitude. A fun fact is that little Madi King had the pleasure of naming him when he first arrived, and she remembers falling in love with his long whiskers.
The VVR horses are angels with hooves instead of wings– especially those who take care of the littlest riders. Their patience, gentle hearts, and willingness are priceless, and we can never give them enough carrots and green grass to thank them. We will miss this special guy and know those of you who have ridden him or whose kids have ridden him feel the loss as well. He lives on in this iconic image of him running in the snow that ranch photographer Carla captured years ago. Some of you have this same print hanging in your homes. We will fondly keep that picture above the fireplace in the dining room and know that there are kids (big and little) all over who have a special place for Cowboy in their hearts.