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Hey Francesca I just rode the Clydesdale I bought from you, Lindy! I just wanted to tell you that that this is one of the best started horses I have ever sat on. You had been so professional, helpful, & a pleasure to do business with!
I generally never buy horses that are already started by other people. Your training is unparalleled.
Her manners & sweet disposition reflects what a top notch operation & eye for a horse you have!! Her riding cues such as stopping, turning, confidence, & soft mouth are perfect! Extremely athletic & balanced. I knew she was special, but this is far more then I could have expected! We love her!!!! I would never buy a draft or cross from anyone else!! Thank you! - Lauren Schock
Clementine and Tinker Bell were purchased/adopted sight unseen. Their temperaments were just as described...so sweet and gentle! Thank you Good Shepherd Ranch for two beautiful, healthy horses. I can hardly wait for spring and to pull out my cart and buggy!
Purchased sight unseen - delivered to Florida:
Sioux made it in today at 12:00 pm.
The new owner loves her! Thank you.
It was a pleasure doing business with you.
Today, I took delivery of my new BFF: Quinn, my new Percheron mare from Ms. Francesca at the Good Shepherd Ranch.
Several month ago, I lost my horse soul-mate, my Clydesdale Benny, to colic and I was sure that I would never feel the way I did about Benny ever again with another horse!!!
I have spent countless days and weeks searching the internet, calling on ads and postings, asking questions and second-guessing what I really wanted in a horse. Some of the ranches and folks I called regarding the horses they had for sale simply didn't want to take the time to answer my questions and really listen to what I was looking for.
Time and again over the past several months, Ms. Francesca took my calls and was very patient and intent on listening and helping me find the horse that was the right fit for me.
Ms. Francesca was straight-forward, honest and did not try to "sell" me on the merits of any of the horses she had available. I live a long way away from Good Shepherd Ranch and wasn't able to travel to see Quinn before I chose her. However, I was able to have a trusted friend send someone to meet Ms. Francesca and take Quinn for a long trail ride. She followed all of the guidelines that she shares on her website when it comes to showing and handling a horse.
Finally, when it came time to make my decision, I had complete confidence in my selection of Quinn. And, today when she stepped out of the trailer, she was everything I had hoped for.
I remain grateful to Ms. Francesca for her assistance and for the way she does business.
I bought a horse from you last year, Duckie. I now call him Reno and I absolutely adore him! Having spent his life doing ranch work it took a while for him to settle in to this semi retired life but he now understands how good life and people can be. Thank you for finding this gem. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this boy and he has his forever home with me!
-Purchased sight unseen-
From Debbie -
I can't thank Good Shepherd enough for their help to give our four horses a new home and brighter future! They meant the world to us and they were well cared for. Our hearts will mend, knowing that someone out there will receive a horse of their Dreams. I know for a fact that Good Shepherd will ensure that they find their soul mates. Thank you Good Shepherd, for your kindness and open arms. Forever Grateful.
From Stephanie -
Can't thank you enough for helping me and my mare. We are lucky to have found you and I will be forever grateful to the people who adopted Maggie.
Hi Good Sheperd,
You guys totally rock! I am so happy with my girl I adopted from you last year!!!!
She is the sweetest, best trail horse that I have ever had the pleasure to ride or be in the presence of.
I know you she was donated to you folks to supplement your rescue program (which I am happy to part of) and you trained her but I hope her previous owners will know that she is greatly loved & will be with me forever!
I feel I have been rescued & its all thanks to you!
Hope all is well Roy and I have been having fun this weekend and just thought I would check in. take care sally
It seems that every time I see one of your videos (bud) I become impressed all over again. Then, to read your inspiring and dedication to our innocent animals just humbles me. you treat animals with kindness and respect and gain results that most other sellers can only hope to aspire.
Continued success to you both.
Fantastic work you do...website is great. Wish more people would teach horses to drive as when there is one for sale appropriate for novices...they sell!
Annette, Brentwood, CA
George is the best horse ever. This is my 3yr old grand daughter riding him today. We love him so much. Wish we could afford another just like him.
All's going well with Pumpkin (now named "Pal"). Have been on a few good rides so far and he has done well. Bonding going ok and we seem to like each other a lot. Thought you might like a picture of us after a great ride!!! glad to share my good luck with everyone!!!
I just had to tell you today I rode up are street and back. He was so smooth it didn't even feel like I was ridding a horse.
thanks again for another great horse.:-):-):-):-)
keep in touch.
BARB & BOB
You stand behind what you say and your honest and trustworthy. I believe in you, I just wish more people were like you. That is why I am coming back to you.
Hello Good Shepherd!
Back in early May I bought a little red dun paint mare named "Cowgirl" from you guys. I've been meaning to send you guys pictures of our adventures but have just not had the time.
We work as wranglers at White Stallion Ranch, and she is having a blast. She's especially fond of all the children who sneak her treats through the fence. And the other wranglers who adhere to her requests for otter pops.
Thank you so much for hooking me up with this young lady. She is turning into a fabulous horse and really enjoys her work. Everyone at the White Stallion adores her, and even the owners of the ranch ask to ride her. Maybe when she's a little older we will do trail class competitions, and when I finally suck it up and buy her an english saddle, I'm sure her jumping adventures will go far!
Hope all is well with you guys!
Thanks again , there is not enough words to explain how awesome you are.
Thank you! We are loving Cash - he's going to be the perfect horse for David. He was JUST what we were looking for.
I always enjoy and appreciate your health and training tips. they are
Hi.... I've ridden 3 days in a row and riding tomorrow......Zen has been a very good boy and listens. The mounting block lesson took only 1 time for Zen to figure out. Everyone thinks he is fabulous... and very good looking.....and very cute....including his name. He's quiet at feeding time which thrills Frank. Doesn't gobble his food...makes it last. I'm sure there may be a test or two....but we're just taking our time...Together.....
Just thought I?d drop you a few more recent photos of Duece here in Las Vegas. Only one with he and I (can?t seem to find anyone with a camera when I?m riding? ), but thought you'd enjoy seeing him again. The rider is my wife Karla, who keeps sayin' that she'd trade her mare, Rosebud , to me for Duece any time. (I don't think there's really any chance of that, as you can see in the last photo, but...?) We really love this sweet boy, and he seems happy and healthy. Thanks again for getting us together!
Hope all is well with you and David, and your "herd".
I thought you might enjoy an update on the wonderful mare you sold us. Our whole family is in love with Dolly. She's a delight to ride every way we've tried so far...from bareback without even a halter - to overdressed; with full gear plus my daughters idea of dress up clothes for a horse! We recently got an older gelding as well and although hes a wonderful horse and well trained, Dolly is the horse my 8 yr old rides simply because shes the one that I trust the most. My daughter loves to ride fast and loves to ride bareback and when she took her first inevitable tumble, Dolly stopped on a dime and didn't even shift her feet until my daughter had gotten back up and remounted. All that and she loves to get hugged on, nickers greetings to us, and has great manners overall. Did I mention we can lead her around without a lead rope, halter or anything at all? Just a small lock of her mane or a hand resting on her neck and she walks where ever we ask. What a wonderful horse!
Most of the time we ride her with just a bareback pad and a halter and shes just so well behaved. Shes a real treat. We've learned we can open gates from her back, trim trees or just lie back like shes a warm, furry couch. I think Dolly's favorite though is when we ask her to stop for a second so that we can pick her a mesquite bean pod...lol.
I was very nervous about buying a horse sight unseen, but shes proving to be all that I'd hoped for.
Thank you so much for everything! Marti
**Purchased Sight Unseen**
Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know we were thinking about you and very much enjoying Mojo. He is such a good boy doing very well... Our grand daughter came for a visit and while she didn't ride him this time, she walked him all over the place and had a wonderful time spoiling him!!! He is very curious and playful and has developed a great partnership with one of our other horses Whiskey...they play ball with each other in the mornings when it is cool and it is a true delight to watch their interactions...
Just wanted you to know we really love our sweet Mojo and thank you often for finding him for us.
The offer is still available when you come through town to stop by for some iced tea/soda and check on Mojo....
Ann and Joe
**Purchased Sight Unseen**
Francesca, just wanted to thank you for pairing me with the horse of my dreams. I am 64 years old this yr & have been riding & owned horses just bout all my life, but never loved a horse this much. Not only is this horse everything I wanted but you have really made a difference in boosting my confidence with taking lessons from you.
You have been wonderful & I thank you.
Hello Francesca -
know how much I appreciate your teaching ability and horse knowledge, which made for very pleasant and informative classes. And, of course, I wish you well.
There is no more professional or honest in this business than you. I recommend your Ranch to all. You & your company stand above all.
Suede is doing well, we love him :)
It?s been awhile since my last update, and I have SOO much to share with you!!!
On October 6, Sassy and I attended a NATRC clinic and practice trail ride! The ride itself took almost 4 hours, and it was at up in Desert Hills. It was very challenging, but guess what??? It was just a practice competition ride, but Sassy and I took first place with a score of 99!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was our FIRST real trail ride!!! Well, that boosted my confidence enough to take her out on trails without a big group of other riders. Actually, there were 2 pretty rough spots where another rider was so frightened she got off her horse and was in tears. Sassy and I helped this other gal and her horse, and the riders who were closest to us at the time, all said if Sassy and I hadn?t been so calm, there could have been a serious disaster. J I was calm, though, because Sassy was so calm; I have so much confidence in that horse. She?s taught me SO much, and amazingly, Francesca, I do remain calm in ?iffy? situations; I attribute that to Sassy for teaching me how important it is to remain calm. She is one hell of a horse!
Incidentally, I even had a vet ask me if I?d ever consider selling Sassy! She told me she?d buy her in a heartbeat, and that Sassy is one of the most sound horses she?s ever seen! Without even thinking I smiled and politely said, ?no way!? That horse is inside my heart, and I wouldn?t sell her for a million dollars! There?s no price on my love for her, and her love for me. Deena still says she?s never seen a bond like Sassy and I have. Even people who we meet out on the trails tell me that horse would do anything for me! I know Sassy?s a gift from God; I just know she is, and I thank Him every single day for her. J
David and I took Sassy and Maverick camping up at Houston Mesa in Payson. There?s a trail up there that?s about 22 miles long; that was our second trail ride!! Sassy SHINES out on the trails! That ride was even more challenging than the one in Desert Hills, but Sassy did absolutely perfect! She is so sure-footed, and there?s no ?hill or mountain she won?t climb!? (as the song goes) Honestly, this horse is afraid of NOTHING!
We go out to Coon Bluff every weekend now, and one of Sassy?s favorite things to do is to chase coyotes! LOL Yup! Right through the desert. Oh, and if there?s a bush in the way that she can?t get around fast enough, she jumps it! LOL See how much she?s taught me???
A great thing Sassy will do for me is stay ground tied!!! I will take one of my split reins and put it on the ground in front of her; I say ?stand? and honestly, Sassy does not move! We?ve been working on that for awhile; she?s so smart and learns things so well that she amazes me. It?s not just myself who thinks she?s intelligent; I?ve had trainers tell me the same thing about her! She?s a thinker!
We cross the river out at Coon Bluff! This last weekend when we crossed, the water was deeper and my feet were in the stirrups in the water and Sassy never got nervous! She just did her calm, confident walk through the water dodging the fish. J
I?m going to include some url?s of videos showing Sassy and me in different areas, and climbing and descending, etc. When you have time (I know you are very busy, but I just really want to include the videos so you can see how wonderful she is), I?d love for you to view them. Feel free to put them on your website if you?d like to!!
Deena and David and I really want to come see you soon! I am so proud of the accomplishments Sassy and I have achieved, I just can?t wait for you to see her again!!!! There?s not a more perfect horse for me anywhere!!!
By the way, Sassy and I just celebrated our SECOND anniversary! Hard to believe it?s been two years already!!!!!!
Here are the url?s for when you have some time to look at them. J
Not sure if I told you, but I hadn?t ridden a horse in almost 19 years! Never did I think I?d be cantering again, let alone able to gallop!!!! She and I do gallop sometimes! J I know we have a lot more practicing to do, but Deena said in two short years, Sassy and I have literally climbed mountains.
When you do see some of the videos, notice how easily Sassy climbs these hills!! Some of these things are very, very steep! She is so strong, and incredibly sure-footed, and she certainly doesn?t mind blazing our own trail. If there?s not a path already there, she?ll find a way up or down.
Take good care, Francesca; as always, thank you for letting me keep you updated on our beautiful mare.
Carol Chase J
Recommended first time horse owners to her for sales and training.
just wanted to thank your for the great job and the magical touch you added to our wedding with that BEAUTIFUL victorian white buggy and BIG BEAUTIFUL SWEET white horse Bella. You are such a great company and wonderful people to deal with. I HIGHLY recommend you to anyone wanting to add a rare and beautiful touch to their wedding. What a treat it was to have your set up there. You are professional, dependable, polite, and even worked an additional hour for free. WOW! You can't go wrong by using good shepard carriage lines! Thank you Franchesca for making our wedding even more of a fairy tale.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I just want you to know that the horse we purchased from you Lady Bug is doing great. She is a wonderful horse and we are enjoying her immensely. She put on some weight and is getting along with her pasture buddies. Two Arabian geldings and Two Sicilian donkeys....
Hi gal| Good people deserve good things, Good Shepard Ranch is a good thing. I love your web site and follow it. thanks
(Rio) Another nice looking Appaloosa! I hope he is as good as Sergeant Pepper. If he is even close, he will certainly make someone happy. Sergeant Pepper and I have been doing great. He is getting ridden nearly everyday. When Suzanne, my trainer first saw him, she thought he was kind of green. The next week she thought higher of him, since he wasn't so nervous. The third week, she felt he was a diamond in the rough, in fact she convinced me that he and I could do well in the show ring. She thoroughly believes this and got me to believe it as well. The only hitch, she was talking English, not Western. I thought it over one day (one drive home) and decided to go for it.
So I researched English saddles, tack, even britches, and went head first into the English world. Now we are starting on small jumps, and will probably start in some local shows in a few months. The fact that I am even sitting in an English saddle used to seem as probable as going vegetarian or changing religions. Now that I have been riding English for close to two months, I have to say its really making me a much better rider.
It's not to say that we never have arguments, but overall he has been a wonderful partner, and every time I ride him, I am thankful for the wonderful opportunity I have been blessed with.
Hope all is well with both of you and the rest of your horses.
Wanted to thank you again for
You always amaze me and
I only hope you keep it up.
Francesca is the best. She helped me out by taking my old friend Richie Rich who was just about to be put to sleep because of his age and he was just not usable and I was boarding him an unable to have him and a horse that I was able to ride both. I have been through a year of medical issues and now needed to get out and do something to help both my mental and physical health. Francesca had a wonderful mare that will be great for me and she will find a great companion home for Richie. It was a win win for all of us thanks to Good Shephard Ranch and Francesca. Great and honest person. Thanks Eileen
Sergeant Pepper is working out to be a great horse, nice personality.
Maybe we will be back out there pretty soon. I am thinking spring time, I will start looking for a good, small and safe horse for our oldest boy to start riding.
Talk with you later.
Francesca, thank you so much for your integrity in your business! It is so nice to work with honest people! Jasmine is awesome! She is working out perfect for me! We have been on vacation for two weeks with her and Trouble. A week in Flagstaff and a week in Sedona. It has been awesome! I have taken her everywhere and she has done great. Even when I rode her under a tree in Flagstaff that a black bear scampered down just above my head. She bolted and when I spun her around she ended up on her butt. I came off of her and she ran about 30 yards and just stood and waited for me to get to her! I was very impressed as I have only had her for 2 months. Thank you! Michelle (Wellton,Az)
Nice, thanks for sharing, you folks are wonderful, love what you do. ea
Just thought I would let you know that Maria is doing great!! She is a SWEETIE!!
Hope you are doing well!
Preacher and Baby are awesome horses, we love them!
They have blended in quite well and we are thoroughly enjoying them.
John & Shonda
We have known Francesca and David at the Good Shepherd Rand for over 10 years. They have bought and trained our horses, they have always been there for us, willing to support and assist as best they can. Francesca has paired us up with good solid horses the match our abilities and experience time and time again. and has found good homes for those that we have out grown; you definitely become a part of their extended family, i would recomend them to anyone looking to buy a solid reliable horse.
Brandy and Ramon
You have been great people to deal with, thanks for showing and selling the right horse to me!
You are so helpful and honest.
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO THE GOOD SHEPHERD RANCH!
Kelly and Family
This is VERY exciting for me to send to you!!!!!!!!! I?m sending you the video link of my latest accomplishment with my beautiful Sassy. In the video, I am riding her BAREBACK and am reining her with ONLY a ROPE HALTER and LEAD ROPE wrapped around her neck and looped through the rope halter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Isn?t that fantastic??? She and I have come a LONG way, and I am so proud of her that words cannot even express how I feel.
This video is about 6 ½ minutes long, which I know is probably too long. As soon as I have a few minutes, I will edit it and make it shorter. In the meantime, though, if you have time to watch it, I?d be thrilled to know what you think. Toward the end of the video, I even ask her to back up using only the rope halter/lead rope; several of my friends told me that after she backs up and we proceed forward again, Sassy ?looks? like she?s as proud as a peacock of herself. J So cute!!! I actually rein her in circles, change directions, halt, go forward, back up, stop, start, reverse direction, and we are even gaiting, not just walking! I did do a very, very slow canter on her, but my husband missed video taping that part. I?ll have to ask him to take another one. I?m just thrilled; a year ago I was barely learning to canter (again) and this year I?m cantering without a saddle and with only a rope halter/lead rope! And I do give the credit to Sassy! She?s been so patient with me; the bond we share is nothing short of an amazing miracle. J
One more thing??.we were able to have a gooseneck hitch installed in the bed of our truck, which means we are now able to use Deena?s trailer!!!! I would feel SO privileged if I could bring Sassy to see you, and if you may have some time to ride with us, I?d be forever grateful! I think you will be so happy to see how beautiful she looks (we take wonderful care of her, I promise!) and would love for you to see how happy she is and what a bond we share! Deena still insists that in her 30+ years of dealing, owning and showing horses, she?s never seen an owner share such a close, loving, trusting bond with their horse! That makes me appreciate Sassy even more, although I don?t know how that?s possible. LOL I couldn?t love that horse anymore; she means so much to me, it?s difficult to put into words.
Keep selling horses! I always tell people about you!!!! J
Hope you are doing well; just think, the cooler weather is just around the corner now.
Take good care, Francesca,
Carol (and Sassy!) J
Maria looks like another great horse. You all do such a good job. I am always impressed with the horses you give us the opportunity own. Judy Lanning
I would like to say that I really appreciate all these articles that you send out to the people on your e-mail
list. I wish that my printer worked then I could print them out and save them.Oh well, God has a reason for everything.
I think she's an amazing, healthy horse! I also know she and I have formed an incredible bond. It's beautiful how much she trusts me now. :)
Of course I give the majority of the credit to Sassy for having patience with me and for teaching me all that she has so far. This past week she gave me a few more lessons on galloping. LOL You know what's amazing? She's succeeding!! I let her gallop a few short distances several times on our morning rides (before it gets to triple digit temperatures!). That little horse absolutely loves to run! I actually had the opportunity to have a trainer ride her about a month ago. He shows in reining classes and cutting competitions as well as trains horses, and we met through a mutual friend. He showed me how to flex Sassy (she learned it within 5 minutes!!) both on the ground and under saddle. I'm doing fine on my riding skills, learning more every day, still have a long way to go! This gentleman, however, is an expert rider and Sassy responded beautifully. It was a treat for me to watch her, because I'm always the one riding her, which means I don't get to 'see' how she does. Anyway, Steve (the trainer) told me that I am extremely fortunate to have found her, especially for my first horse. He said she is extremely smart, and she has a very strong desire to please the rider; additionally, he told me she is a 'go-getter!' She'll walk if you ask her to, but she absolutely LOVES to move out. :)
The latest thing I've 'taught' Sassy (or she's actually taught me I suppose) is how to share an apple with me. LOL I'll take a bite, hold it for her to take a bite, and we go back and forth til the apple is gone. David's going to take a video, and I'll send that to you. Sassy (for me) is absolutely the best horse in the whole world......as a matter of fact, Steve asked me if I'd ever consider selling her. I told him if someone offered me to trade Sassy for a horse worth fifty-thousand dollars, I'd politely smile and say, 'NO WAY' and walk away. And, Francesca, it's more than how she looks or the smooth ride she gives, etc. It's about 'her' and who she is ~ it's about her personality, her heart, her love. She's that special to me.
With that, I'll thank you once again for selling me the most precious horse I could ever hope to find!
Hope you are well, and as always, I thank you for continuing to read my ongoing updates on the life of my beautiful, intelligent, talented and affectionate mare! I will also thank you FOREVER for selling me the 'love of my life.' :)
Carol and Sassy
If I had the money I would own dozens of horses! I love them sooooo much! But I have to say, the two we purchased from you have fabulous personalities and I couldn?t be happier.
I just appreciate your encouragement and patience (especially answering ALL my questions)!. You are awesome!!!
GOOD SHEPHERD RANCH:
Thank you Francesca for all your great trails, advice when providng lessons and busting my confidence. Through out the 15 years that you and I have been friends you have taught me to be honest, be tough, and never give up. Your wisdom about horses is amazing. I lost a horse named "Wilbur" in 1995 after he was in our family for over 18 years and when he died I thought I had LOST THE WORLD. After that I did what every sad person would do and that was to buy a horse after horse trying to find "Wilbur". Recently you found a match for me when you found "Willy". Him and I are inseparable. He is my best friend. You truly know horses and people. Thank you for all that you have done and do.
*purchased sight unseen*
HI there Franchesca,
Just wanted to email you and say how pleased I am with everything you have done for us. You have gone above & beyond all my expectations of this horse industry. Running a trail riding facility is not easy. We have had a constant need for safe, dependable horses to put our guest on. Being in a remote location in Arizona has made it even harder to find good horses since they are scarce around here, or when we have found them they are nothing like the seller said they would be. So when I came to you & purchased one of your horses sight unseen I was REALLY nervous about it. But not only was the horse everything you said it would be but better! I was still worried about buying a second horse sight unseen because of my past dealings with other horse folks. So when I did purchase my 2nd horse sight unseen from you not only did that horse meet my expectations but he exceeded them also.
Now I am up to my 6th purchase from you which I have had now for a few months and I SUPER convinced that you guys are the best, most honest, decent folks to deal with. Every horse I have purchased from you have been the horses I trust and put all of our very green clients on! They are my go to horses that I can trust anytime and everytime. Let me tell you, I have been working with horses all of my life which has now been 60 years now and you folks know your horses! You are so wonderful to deal with in every way. You have delivered when you say and anyone can trust to get a VERY quality riding horse out of Good Shepard ranch. I am just so so so greatful to have found you.
I am able to put my clients on very trustworthy horses
(which is almost impossible to find) but because of you we now have them.
Not only are your horses everything we needed but they were in great shape and well taken care of. You guys do awesome work, provide nothing but quality animals and great customer service.
I also so VERY impressed with your rescue work. Good Shepard has really hit the mark and is an extrodinary example for every horse business out there!
With deep gratitude your friends Joe and Amy
(Purchased sight unseen)
I rode Alice last night and she did great. She is very responsive and quick I loved it.
Thank you so much, if I could have another horse I am going to you.
Tom and I discussed it, and in the future down the road we would absolutely love to have all three of you come out one afternoon and join us for dinner so you can see where your boys ended up and meet Dylan in person.
We?ve done so much business with you that you feel like family now Of course I will be recommending you to everyone interested in buying a horse (give me some business cards the next time we hook up and I?ll pass them out) as we live in horse country here in Marana and I work at Roadrunner Elementary which is true redneck acres where the kids are dropped off by tractors and picked up in horse-trailers So there?s always someone out here looking for a great kids? horse and I can tell them to look up the Good Shepherd Ranch on the internet.
We definitely want to trailer the horses out to your area in the future and do some trail-riding. It would be nice to see some different countryside for a change. Didn?t you mention arranging group get-togethers for trail rides at various locations in southern AZ?
Hope to see you soon!
Best wishes to new friends,
Tom and Billie _____________________________________________________________
(Purchased sight unseen)
I'm in LOVE.... Country Boy is soooooo Sweeet !!!!!! He is more than perfect. Ziggy was laid back just like him, they would have made awsome Buddy's !! For now Daisy absolutely Loves him..... Even the Quarter Horse Mare that was in the corral..... likes him too !
It was so funny after you left...... he rolled ...... so i said to Al o good i think i'll give him a nice bath... it will be cool too..,.... he loved it ...... loved playin in the mist.... and he go soooo shiny black.......then i walked him for awhile but didnt get him total dry...... he rolled and rolled ..... he looked a mess !!!!!! then Daisy starting copy him.... they 2 of them were like a big ole dusty diry muddy mess......... but we laughed i called him and he came back over so i decided to redo his face ........misted it cleaned it ....... i said now dont roll ....... he looked like he laughed at me with his upper lip troted over to the middle of the yard and rolled..... we laughed so hard.... he is a character !!!! Hes got sure a cute lovable temperment .
Daisy has already showed him the laundry room door were i keep there food so it got shady on that side from the house so they been hanging out there ....... and i have the window open so its just the screen....... they can see in and there watchin us .... hed does it just like Ziggy ..... so cute.
I cant thank you guys enough......... when you were here i wanted him to join the herd 1st w Daisy....... but since you left Him and i have been bonding WE LOVE LOVE HIM.......
Please keep your eyes open for a BLACK GELDING STOCKY under 16 hands say between tall 14 hands to 15.3 hands....... Boom Proof type for a bigginer to build confidence on that anyone can ride anywere.......... Country Boy will need a buddy in 2 weeks when the girls leave.
Thank you so much Lynn Al .... The Mares (& Ziggy too) .... Country sends his LOVE please visit any time ..... we would LOVE to see yas......we will send pics as soon as i get some. for ya website.
Thank you, again, so much for all you have done for the horses. I am so appreciative. You sure came through in a pinch with my last minute need.
I just want to tell you all how great I think it is that you send things out regularly. Most horsepeople don't really utilize marketing very well. You, on the other hand do, and while I'm not in a position to buy a horse right now, when I am ready you will be the first people I think of simply because you make the effort to send out newsletters, updates, horses for adoption and other things to people like myself on a regular basis. That's not only good "horse" sense, that's good business sense.
Good for you!
Thanks for keeping me in the loop. Just wanted you to know your efforts are appreciated and don't fall on deaf ears.
Just wanted to let you Know Killy's is doing good we went on a few rides one 2 hr ride and one 4 1/2 hr ride with 6 other horses and he did great . Thanks he is a very kind baby .
The Craighill family
I have really made progress at riding, and I owe it to Sassy. We canter now just about every single time I ride her, and it gets easier each time. I want to thank you again for re-training her at your ranch, and for selling her to me. To me, she's the very, very best horse in the world; in fact, I think God made her just for me, and I'm so grateful!
Ginger is doing great in her new home! She is all settled in and she is feeling like a horse, or maybe a cow.
Her best trail buddy is an 8 year old black poodle named Shadow. Shadow is my dog and she is literally Ginger's shadow. They get along really well. Ginger is as spoiled as spoiled gets. She sleeps in a blanket and on a hay bed. Remember how you said she was running with cows. Well she sleeps on the ground like one too. She sleeps for hours and hours on the ground. I usually take my homework up with me to the stables and I will lay with her and do my homework. Sometimes I fall asleep up there... She just cuddles with me. I am so thankful that the people at Good Shepard Ranch made this work for me. I'm planning on making a career out of it. The last horse really left a hole in my family and I, but Ginger has been able to fill the gap, and overfill our hearts. This weekend my mom plans on getting on Ginger for the first time. This will be the first time my mom gets on a horse since her bad accident almost 6 years ago she had with my first horse, Pepperjack. If this works out, my mom might end up buying another horse. A real old, calm, big lug of a horse. Thank you so much again, and I will be sending more pictures of Ginger and I.
My husband and I have been looking at your website for months and are so impressed with the quality and philosophy of everything you do! We are interested in taking some horseback riding lessons and then would like to purchase two horses.
I have some wonderful updates for you on Sassy!!! I am THRILLED beyond belief!!!!!
Our granddaughter turned 1 on November 11. My birthday is on November 4, so for my birthday gift, the kids brought Shelby (granddaughter's name) to the ranch to spend the day with us there. They knew I was spending my birthday with my Sassy, and so they surprised me by coming to the ranch! We introduced Shelby and Sassy, and Shelby absolutely LOVES Sassy! I sat Shelby on Sassy's back and what happened was ADORABLE! My granddaughter takes after her grandma ~ LOL ~ she's going to be a horse lover! We took video, and if you have a chance, I'd love for you to take a look at them. It's incredibly precious and amazing! Sassy loves to move; I always tease her and ask her how much 'horse power' she has under the hood. LOL Well, the minute we put Shelby up in the saddle with me, Sassy completely stood still! She didn't move a muscle, Francesca! This horse is just incredible! It's as though Sassy knew there was a baby on her back. I can't thank you enough for this beautiful horse!
Another update.....Sassy now gives me kisses! I taught her the word 'kiss!' She puts out her little tongue and will kiss my hand. One day I was grooming her mane, and she turned her head into my chest and held it there. I kissed her forehead and reached over to untie the lead rope. When I did so, Sassy actually kissed my cheek!!! Just one lick on the side of my face, but still, she kissed me!
The other thing I've taught Sassy recently is the word BACK, but not just your typical back up. I can stand in front of her, snap my fingers and say 'back,' and she will absolutely back up with no lead rope or halter on. :) Are you sitting down? Two days ago I was working with her, and Deena and David were amazed; I actually asked Sassy to back up one-half the length of the pasture; ie. about 60 feet!!!!! Of course I gave her a biscuit after that as well as a hug. I've learned horses don't typically like to back up, and so my interpretation of the fact that Sassy will do that for me is she has trust in my treatment of her. To other horse owners, that may not be a big deal, so I hope I don't sound 'silly.' To me it is a big deal, partly because she's my first horse, but mostly because of the relationship that has developed between Sassy and myself.
she is calm, calm, calm around Shelby. Of course I'm amazed by my granddaughter ~ LOL ~ but I am also mesmerized by Sassy. She is one beautiful, intelligent, spicy yet gentle horse; I will always be SO grateful to you for selling her to me!!!!!!!!
God bless you, Francesca!!!!
Sorry it has taken so long to say hello and let you know how Twiggy is doing. She has acclimated very well to her new home and the other horses. She is a great trail mare and I am having a great time riding her now that the weather has cooled off a little. We will be doing some camping up near Mesa and the Salt River with her and the other two next month. Here is a picture from our ride last weekend.
Have a great day,
Diane and Bill Mossbarger
TOOK SOME PICS OF VIGGO THIS MORNING. HE IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. HOPE ALL IS WELL. SUZANNE
I just wanted to thank you. You have no idea what you have done for me by making this happen for me. You stayed in my budget, and gave me my best friend. She is the most incredible thing. She has done so much for me, and GG really keeps my mind where it needs to be. Everything disappears when I am riding her. Thank you so much again and here are some pictures. I'll send professional ones in the mail soon! I am hoping to get to ASU, get my Ph.D. and I will be opening a ranch for teenage girls to get emotional horse therapy in Ramona, CA. So be expecting me to buy some horses from you in the next 5 years:) I know what I want now and I couldn't have done this without all of your help.
Sent From Katie in Yuma, Az.
Hope things are well. We've survived the sweltering summer and are looking forward to cooler riding weather now!!!
Sassy is doing absolutely fantastic!!!! I have some pictures to send you, and I've uploaded a video that David took yesterday. It's of me riding Sassy ~ BAREBACK!!! I haven't ridden bareback in about 28 years, and Sassy and I are such a team now, that I decided to try it. She is a DREAM!! The video is 5 minutes and 21 seconds long.....but if you have time to watch it, I think you'll be SO proud of the horse you sold me!!! At one part, my hat gets caught in the branch of a tree and as Sassy is moving forward, the branch starts to pull me backward and off to the side of her ~ looking like I'm going to fall off. All I did was drop the reins and held onto her mane......that beautiful, sweet mare took it upon herself to STOP enough for me to pull myself back up and continue on ~ as though nothing happened!! Now, I don't know about you, but I don't think there are that many horses out there that are THAT smart and that perceptive and that protective of their owner!!! David, Deena and Don were all out there with me, and they all said the same thing ~ it appears that Sassy was trying to help prevent me from falling off her!!!!!!! I think she loves me now as much as I love her. When I walk into the pasture and call her, Francesca, she comes right over to me ~ even if she's all the way across the field!!!!! She even walks with me to the gate with NO halter and NO lead rope on! Furthermore, she walks with me right up onto the concrete area AND she turns all the way around to face the gate so I can put her in the cross ties to groom and/or saddle her!!!
I can take her into the pasture and get her to lunge ~ well, actually I use a crop and I circle it just enough to get her going on her own ~ she'll canter and then gallop all the way around the pasture as long as I encourage her to do so. In fact, she digs her heels in and gallops faster when she hears me laughing and telling her, 'you go, baby girl, go, Sassy!!!!!' It's like she loves hearing the positive affirmations! When I think she's run enough, I'll say, "Ok, Sassy, look!!"
Francesca, Sassy actually stops, turns and looks right at me; I toss the crop onto the ground, put my arms up in the air and say, "All done, Sass.....come on in." She trots right up to me ~ I stand completely still and she trots toward me always, always, always stopping short enough. In other words, she stops far enough away so as there's no danger of her stepping on me. :)
I motion for her to come into my chest.....she'll walk with her head lowered and puts her head into my chest as I put my arms around her and hug her!
Deena has shown horses for over 30 years, and she says she's never seen a horse have such a bond with their owner! She's never seen a horse go and hug their owner like Sassy hugs me! The next time I run her like that, I'm going to have David video tape so you can see what I mean. This horse is one in a million; I have no idea how I got so blessed to own her!
I know we had a rough time in the beginning, but I think it was a combination of me being a new horse owner, and I think she had maybe never bonded with an owner before. It's almost like she was going to reject me before I could reject her. Now that I have learned how to be the 'alpha,' she respects me, trusts me, and I believe she even loves me now. Our relationship is incredible!
She stands completely still for her saddle to be put on, for her bridle/bit to be put on, stands still for grooming, bathing, goes into the trailer like a pro, walks over tarps and cavalettis with no problem at all! She is absolutely amazing! Wait 'til you see the video!!!! I'm on her bareback, and have her going in and around the cones we have set up in the pasture!! She's not only taught me how to ride again, she's now taught me how to ride bareback again!!!! The first couple minutes I have her a little bit too collected; I think I was just hanging on. LOL After a couple minutes, though, you can see the reins are looser and I'm more relaxed, almost steering her with my legs more than the reins. She's amazing!
We're starting classes again in a couple weeks, and a friend of Deena's (who still shows horses) invited me to enter Sassy in a fun horse show!!! I would enter her for the 3 gaited section; walk, running walk and canter. I'd also enter her in the halter class; in fact, we've already been practicing that. Deena believes 100% that Sassy would take a blue ribbon. Personally, I don't care if we win anything or not. The fact that she and I have bonded and are such a team is enough for me. I'm just going to enjoy having fun with her and showing her off to other people. Sassy is extremely talented!
Here's the video link:
I'll send some updated pictures today also.
Thank you once again for taking the time to read this update, watch the video (when you can) and mostly, for selling me such a BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL, AWESOME horse!!! I can't tell you how much I love her!!!!!!!
Take care, Francesca! :)
i dont know if you got our e mail about little tuck (poco) he is the greatest trail horse ever but marsha has been taking him to barrel racing and pole bending events he is doing well for them just starting winning a few blue ribbons a little money and won a belt buckle in pole bending. he has exceeding our hope for a good horse. we truly enjoy and marshas having a blast barrel racing. thanks so much. the tuckers
Hope things are going well. :)
Here's an updated picture of my BEAUTIFUL Sassy!!!!!!!!!! Her tail reaches her hocks now, and her mane has grown out so much ~ it's gorgeous!!!! She and I have gotten so close, I can walk into any one of the 3 pastures we use, call her name, and she walks right over to me ~ even if she's all the way across the pasture! She is an EXPERT on the trails ~ she leads most of the time. :) If I'm with someone who is trying to get their horse to learn to lead, Sassy has no problem following. I've seen MANY people on the trails, and Sassy is the best at being safe, reliable and calm! She is amazing! That beautiful mare will stand still even when one of the other horses in our group spooks at something?!
I love this picture of her; it was taken last Sunday on one of the trails we ride. Isn't she absolutely sensational????
I love her SOOOOOO much ~ my beautiful girl!!!
Thanks, Francesca!!!!!!!!! (*.*)
Sassy and Carol (me) Sunday, June 12, 2011
After 19 years away from horses, I am now back into riding and the proud owner of a BEAUTIFUL mare. I bought her from Francesca @ Good Shepherd, and I could NOT be happier! My horse has taught ME how to ride again, and has increased my confidence tenfold! She is WONDERFUL. Francesca truly cares not only about the horses, she honestly cares about her clients. That little gal has answered every email I've sent her ~ I've asked her for suggestions, advice and guidance ~ and bless her heart, if she can't respond right away, she sends me a quick note to say she'll follow-up later! Folks, it gets NO BETTER than that! She is reputable, she is dependable, she is honest, she is genuine, she is dedicated. If you're looking for a new 'best friend' to ride on trails or in the arena, go to Good Shepherd Ranch. Thank you, and God bless you, Francesca! (*>*)
May 18, 2011 by Carol Chase in Tempe, AZ
Up date on Ben... Better than ever! Love that little guy. He is exactly what I dreamed of. And Francesca..YOU ARE THE BEST.So honest & truthful. I would advise anyone looking for a horse of any calliber or level to only buy from YOU!!. As for Bruce & me...YOU ARE THE ULTIMATE HORSE GIRL!! THANKS SOOOO MUCH AGAIN, MARLA BEMIS
May 17, 2011 by MARLA in Tucson, AZ
Oh my gosh, sassy has a beautiful canter! I'm so excited I've gotten to the point where I feel confident to do that with her!!)
Yesterday on our trail ride, my husband's horse tripped and fell to his knees, and my husband flew off the horse's back. Meanwhile, 7 dogs were barking, snarling and jumping at the fence between the trail and them. I told Sassy 'whoa' and to 'stand.' She stood perfectly still while I dealt with my husband's horse, my husband and the dogs! Sassy did not spook, she did not get nervous, she stood perfectly still! This was after we had gone by a fenced yard that contained 2 Emu birds (which horses don't like and can sense from far away!) To me this all means that Sassy will keep me safe because she does not spook and get crazy. Is that how you would interpret her behavior as well?
Her favorite thing to do is NOT ride in the arena....but I think I've figured out that she gets bored! Taking her on the trails, she is much, much happier.
I feel like I'm finally really getting to 'know' her, and she actually has an affectionate, playful side to her personality! She'll put her nose up to my nose (gently) for a kiss! Honest! She and I have come a long, long way ~ she is a SMART horse!
Each morning I lunge her, well, I swing the lead rope or crop and she gaits and/or canters in a circle around the pasture. We do this for about 8 - 10 minutes. Then I drop the crop, hold my arms above my head and say, "Sassy, all done." She stops, she looks right at me, sees the crop on the ground and my arms in the air and she walks RIGHT TO ME! :) I hug her,. put on her halter and take her to the stall. (I put her in during the hot days and turn her out at night.) Then we ride just about every evening for about 30-45 minutes depending on the heat.
Rode past your place the other day..then drove over. Just want to tell ya I JUST LOVE BEN. ALTHOUGH THE OTHER HORSES HATE HIM! hE IS A SWEET HEART. yOU ARE DEFINATELY A VERY HONEST & TRUE PERSON, yOU knew what kind of horse I wanted..the kind of horse I needed, & there was Ben to fill the bill. Thank you sooo much Francesca. If you ever need anyone to vouch for you integrity & honesty..Give them my name. Oh..I love seeing my Lil Guys pic on your sight.!!! So cute!! Thanks again..Marla
we took poco (now little tuck) up to a gymkana this weekend and our 7 yr old nephew rode him all around the horses seemed like he belonged there. marsha took him for a short ride after had a blast. thanks so much
I just want to say that I am very GREATFUL for everything you have done for me and the well being of my horses.
Again THANK YOU, I don't think you know how much I really mean that. Everything you do with your horses definitely shows!
~*Best place to go for all your equine needs*~
I have been going to good shepherd for all my equine needs for quite some time now. They are always happy to help me in any and every way they can. I have purchased many fine horses from them and they are always 100% honest. I never have any surprises and I put 110% of my trust in the folks at good shepherd ranch. Whatever you need, whether it be a good horse, lessons, advice or just want to go for an excellent trail ride, they are thee only place to go!
April 14, 2011 by Jess in Tucson, AZ
Thought I would update you about the "Don". My equine vet checked him today.
The vet was impressed with his feet - they are indeed remarkable (and even after a couple of days of 1 - 2 hour trail rides over 20 mins of rocks near Dorothy's) until we got to the park. My vet said that if possible we should keep him barefoot, and his hooves would adapt to his trail "walking" environment and just get more durable, and that shoes might just compromise his good hooves. So the biotin will help supplement his hoof health and also enhance his nice palomino coat condition.
Don Quixote was great on the 2 trail rides for me with Dorothy and a couple of other riders the past several days. Dorothy said that when we were riding, that it looked like he was "taking care of me." I so enjoyed riding him and in addition to liking him a lot, I feel a great respect for him. He gets along with Max just fine. Gets along with the other geldings also. The vet and her assistant said that I had a "winner" and he was a "keeper." He is a really cool horse for sure. I still think that he has some of the breed "Galiceno" in him and I have been in touch with UC Davis in California to get some DNA tested to check that out. He has unique qualities that go beyond "quarter horse" heritage.
We have a 3 - 4 hour trail ride planned for Monday so I am looking forward to that. I added some Timothy to his Bermuda hay tonight with his evening feeding which he thought was just fine.
Hope things continue to go well for you and that you find more "Don Quixotes". Judy
Padre is doing great!
his new name is Freckles, i liked Buzz lightyear but he is Navies horse so i let her name him.
He is getting along great with the rest of my herd and now has marked his roll areas with white patches of hair all over my pasture haha!.
I will get some pictures soon and send them your way.
Thank you again for such a wonderful boy!
Here is a picture of us at J-6 this morning. Strawberry did awesome for Natalie. Brianna ran her best time in the barrels today, 23.6. Thanks for everything. The Roylstons.
WE HAVE A VERY OPEN DESERT AREA TO RIDE VIGGO---NO ROCKS. VIGGO LOVES TO GET OUT AND STRETCH HIS
LEGS. HE'S A VERY HAPPY HORSE.
WE TRAILERED HIM UP TO EASY CARE IN ORO VALLEY AND SPENT 2 HOURS TRYING ON BOOTS. WHILE WE WERE DOING
THIS, A HUGE DUST DEVIL CAME THROUGH, TWO UPS TRUCKS AND A FED EX TRUCK, ALL WHILE PUTTING ON THESE STRANGE
BOOTS. HE WAS CALM AS CAN BE AND TRAILERED PERFECTLY.
Hope things are going well; it's already starting to get too hot in Arizona! LOL
I have some awesome pictures I want to send you!!! We've changed Donia's name to "Sassy" ~ it really fits her personality! She is SO settled in, and she is so full of energy and is so playful! I've started taking her to a trail riding safety class on Friday nights, and I have to tell you that she is the STAR of the class!!!! (all her ~ I can take no credit! My riding abilities are coming back, and I am riding again with ease like I used to....but.....she is EXTREMELY well-behaved and extremely well-trained. Every person in the class (there are 15 other students) has told me how lucky I am because she is so responsive. I cannot thank you enough for our beautiful sweet horse!!!
Thanks so much!!!! I'll send pictures in the next email :)
I hope that this is the right email address to send pictures too. I wrote a review for the merchants site. I really enjoyed riding out with you and Rudy today - you both help me feel more confident, and I appreciate your encouragement and observations of my riding. I know this will transfer to my work with my Tennessee Walker.
It was very fun to go on the trail ride and have such a great horse be so responsive. I look forward to many many interactions and rides with Don Quixote in my life. He is a great horse, and if he looks relaxed around me, I feel relaxed around him...so I guess we are a good match.
Thanks for your help and support. It is obvious that you are committed to your clients being safe and knowledgeable with their horses!
I recently purchased a sweet palomino quarter horse at
March 16, 2011 by Judy Landkamer in Tucson, AZ
Thank you so much for the pictures of Tumbleweed, she looked right at ease in the water.
Anytime you need a reference, dont hesitate to contact us.
We have been doing business with Francesca at the Good Shepherd Ranch for 2 years. Our horse journey began when we took in a neglected, "green" 5 year old gelding. He had many behavioral issues and we needed help. Thats when we called Francesca. She came out to our home and taught us how to care for and train a horse. Anytime we had a question---we could always call her---and she would have the answer.
March 05, 2011 by Frederic and Suzanne in Tucson, AZ
Great place to do business
March 05, 2011 by Suzanne in Tucson, AZ
Francisca is great.She has helped me and my family learn so much about horses.I thought I knew a lot already but she has taught us so much more.I bought a horse when first moving here from a private seller, had a lot of problems but I understand the buyer beware rule.Francisca helped me with that horse, then sold the right horse to me for my children.That horse has been a great fit.I highly recommend Francisca to anyone looking for that "RIGHT FIT" in a horse! If it is too late she can help fit you with your horse.They are just good, honest, polite people!The program they run there and the horses they sell are so beautiful and great quality for the price.I have seen Francisca and her staff work long hard hours and they always put the horses before themselves.They are no nonsense trainers,I can't say enough good about them!They put so much time and effort into every horse before it can be available for sale. I think they rock the horse world and are a credit to the equine industry!
February 25, 2011 by Cheri in Tucson, AZ
Hi guys. Wow, I can't beleve I purchased a horse sight unseen. I was a nervous wreck that week I waited for her to get here. Everyone told me not to get the horse, especially without seeing her in person first. I new for sure I made a huge mistake that I would regret. I have to say that not only is she a beautiful mare, she is an awesome mare. Everyone rides her including my 5 year old son. I laugh at all my friends who doubted my decision & doubted you. Now my friends are going to you for horses & they owe me big for the great horses the now have. HA. Now they are actually able to ride the horses they have. Goodbye to the crazy rodeos they used have. Now we are all happy, go on big group rides every sunday & as much as I would like to take credit for it all we owe it all to the Good shepher ranch, thanks!
February 22, 2011 by Adams Family
Wow, I am beyond words with the good shapard ranch. They are such great folks & do great things with horses & do only great things for their clients also. I have been a long time customer of theirs for many years now! I have purchased 3 horses from them & I have referred MANY friends to them. Every friend that has purchased from them has been nothing but pleased with their honesty & quality of horse they have purchased. I have never seen so many quality horses sold to so many folks. I am so amazed also with the rescue work they do. They give so many horses out there a 2nd chance to live & have a new life! If it were not for the good shapard every horse they sell might not have the quality of life they now have but thanks to them those horses won't have to be in limbo anymore. I don't know what me & my friends would have done if it were not for the honesty & compassion they have at the good shapard ranch. Good shapard is highly respected in the horse community & VERY LOVED/APPRECIATED!
February 20, 2011 by JAN in Florence, AZ
It's been a while since my last letter to you, so I wanted to write and let you know that "Lucky Boy" formerly Bugs is doing great! He is enjoying his home with us and our rides every other day around our 6 acres. He has made it through a rough winter without a blanket in fine condition. He is very personable and likes to join us in our inner property when we allow him over, but he tends to drink all of the Bird Bath water even though we set out several buckets of water for him. We think he is a very special boy. We have an automatic Watering system in his stall/corral so he is always able to get as much water as he needs. He likes to run and has made several soft dirt areas where he likes to lay down during the day and evening. We can watch him enjoying his corral from our kitchen window.
We took him to get his teeth floated 2/16. He now has good, healthy teeth. I always learn so much from other horse owners and that appointment was no different. Lots of good advise and valuable practices are exchanged.
I am enjoying my boy so much thanks to you. Lucky has been the perfect addition to our family.
Take care of yourself,
Best Decision Ever. Perfect 1st horse for a cautious/nervous/excited 1st owner.