Our Four Legged Family Members
Teddy. Aka: Theodore, Ted
Teddy is an 8 year old purebred Quarter Horse and is Amara’s pride and joy. He loves team roping, trail rides, ranch work and … eating. He has been trained under the amazing Amanda Antifaev and Dustin Gonnet, he’s the boss man of the herd and no one misbehaves when Teddy is around. We start all the colts with him as he is patient and teaches great habits. Amara’s parents own his parents, so it has been really amazing to have such a stunner be home grown.
With only 60 days of riding on her in the past 9 years, we took a gamble with this show stopper. She has quickly won Amara’s heart (when they win Amara’s heart, they are usually quiet and sweet), has had children ride on her back and has been rented out for a wedding – this girl knows when the camera is around. We are so excited to have her and you will be sure to see her on the trails.
Rigs is a 14 year old Quarter Horse and is Shawn’s boy – he loves to be let lose into the pasture to pretend he’s a wild animal. He is an extremely talented and giving horse. Shawn and him have travelled as far as Las Vegas to rope and is the reason Shawn got back into the arena. He holds a special place in our hearts.
Major. Aka Maje, Big Guy
Major is a 9 year old Quarter Horse. He’s Teddy’s full brother, and 8 years ago Amara’s mom sold him. One year ago, we acquired him, totally untrained (like never had a saddle on, never was caught), and very fat. We were skeptical on what we had brought home but after one month of ground work, he seemed to grasp what we were asking and has been our go to trail horse for the last year. Shawn has rode him miles bridle-less, kids and new riders are the first to be put on him … to say he has shocked us beyond belief is an understatement. He is worth his weight in gold and we love him.
Fred. Aka: Freddy, Frederick, Mighty Mouse, Shithead (sorry people, it’s true).
Fred is a 5 year old Quarter Horse. He is little, he is mighty, and he has a personality that is twice the size of him. He loves to play, annoy every other horse in the pasture, trail riding, jumping and water. He’s our child. He has more enthusiasm than probably any other horse around here and has been spending some time in the roping pen learning the ways. He will be the first to greet you, and if you’re wearing anything soft or fuzzy, he will probably start rubbing his nose on it.
Denny. Aka: Den, Den Den
Denny is a 6 year old Quarter Horse and is Fred’s full brother. We love brothers around here! Denny is quite possibly polar opposite personality wise of his brother. He is bigger, he is softer, he is sensitive and he likes to please. He is an absolute sweetheart and we love this guy. This guy, along with Teddy and Fred, is in Shawn’s roping arsenal and you will see Shawn on his back throughout the season leading the trail rides.
Jesse. Aka: J Diz, J, Dizzy, The Dizness
Jesse is a 5 year old Quarter Horse. If you are so lucky to ever meet this classy lady, you will know why we love her. Amara received a message 2.5 years ago (from the same people who owned Major!), asking if she would like to take her off their hands. After stating just a week before to Shawn that there were going to be NO MORE HORSES … she begged Shawn to have her. She is kind, she is beyond sweet, she is intelligent and brave. She gives every ounce of her being to be good. She does NOT like to get in trouble, ever. She is our Ya Ha Tinda princess (trail riding is her jam!), crossing rivers, climbing mountains and leading the pack with zero hesitation. She is a social butterfly and loves everyone.
Yes. We have two with the same name, but very different personalities! Without Shawn’s ability to train, we wouldn’t start with such green horses, but this girl, at 8 years old (and never been rode) has been coming along perfectly. Excelling in the trail riding department – right where they should be! – we are excited to have her tag along this summer and create beautiful babies to add to the business.
Bombur + Rocky. Aka: Bombi, Bomb Bomb, Rock, Rockstar
Oh these two. They joined our family in the Spring of 2016 when Amara went on the hunt for a mini for pulling and of course, photoshoots. They weren’t even for sale, but their sweet owner said we could have them – but we had to take them both home as they have been buddies for years. Bombur is electric, he’s social and he’s so sweet. Rocky is quiet, and keeps to himself. He was quite stand offish for the longest time, but we have built a friendship and he loves his new home. This was this summer when we took them in the Fawcett Parade – taking home a prize (cause who wouldn’t give them little’s a prize!!) and of course, they have been in plenty of photoshoots both alone and with clients. Bombur is usually the star of the birthday parties, roaming around the yard allowing children to grab him and lead him wherever they wish.
Daisy + Dallas. Aka Daisy Doo and Dally
These two are by far the fanciest things in the yard! They have lived down the road and on Amara’s journey of finding the perfect mini, she did inquire to the owners about selling them. With a vague response, she went on her merry way. 6 weeks after bringing Rocky and Bombur home, a message popped up and the owners were willing to let them go .. so naturally .. Amara was yelling get the trailer! You will see Dallas hooked up to the cart/ sleigh/skijoring harness as that is his jam, and Daisy has been under saddle and joining on rides quite frequently!
Duke. Aka Dukie
He rounds off Amara’s herd of mini’s .. and came to her at random (much like the rest of them!). The missing link to the mini herd was one who loved being under saddle, and an email at 11pm at night asking if she would like to check him out had her hooking up the trailer. He’s the smallest mini, but he has a huge heart, a kind soul and the cutest little face around. He works hard and is a very good boy!
Leonard & Penny. Aka Lenny, Len Len, Pen Pen, Penareno
Although they are NOT horses, they are a part of this large family at Leaning Tree. They are the greeting committee, and they are the best of friends. Penny has been managing this place for the last four years and is the sweetest, most hard working pup around. She LOVES rides and will be on every single one, roaming in and out of the bush. She likes to chat, enjoys her truck rides and sleeping by the fire on cold winter nights.
Lenny the potbelly, joined us this summer (2017), the very same time as Duke showed up. He is won over immediately with bread or any tasty treat you will offer him, he loves belly rubs and Penny. You will often hear him around the yard and can be mistakenly thought to be a motor bike in the distance! haha. He too, enjoys his truck rides with Penny and is a wise little pig.