SAKE: registered Holsteiner gelding
Sake is Ashley’s personal horse with a miraculous story. Ashley first saw Sake during the Parelli Tour in 2004 when the horse she was riding at the time was selected to be the demonstration horse for Pat Parell. The second day of the event, Sake and his then owner were given a private lesson by Linda Parelli. When Ashley saw this gentle giant standing 18 hands, she declared that one day she would have a horse like that. At the time Ashley did not own a horse and Shepherd Youth Ranch was but a mere dream.
A few years later after Shepherd Youth Ranch was birthed, Ashley often would receive emails about horses needing new homes. One particular email attracted her attention and she discovered the horse in need was Sake! Sadly, the only partner Sake had ever known had tragically passed away. Ashley quickly inquired about the horse and set out to see if they would make a good match.
Ashley met with the owner’s husband and spent the day with Sake one spring afternoon. Initially, Sake approached Ashley with some hesitation and actually ran away from her twice; a displaced behavior he had perfected to avoid life’s requirements. During this first encounter, it was evident that Sake was depressed and deeply affected by the loss of the only partner he had ever known. It was going to take some time for him to learn to trust another partner. Astonishingly, by the end of that first day, Sake was trusting his new friend and following her at liberty around his 30 acre pasture! Later that month, Ashley brought Sake to his new home, where he quickly settled in with the herd and became a favorite among the children.
What was once a lonely horse who needed a girl and a girl who dreamed of this very horse was now a match……only contrived in heaven itself!