Here at the ranch we have a total of 44 horses. 10 of those horses are horse's owned by others, who keep them at the farm. Several of them are retired competition horses used for lessons, and several are competition horses ridden by Elana. Below, is a list of our "Ranch" Horses used primarily for our trail rides & overnight rides. These horses have been part of the family since they were very young and are the foundation of our Guest Ranch. We couldn't do without them! 

FIRECRACKER 

​​Age:

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Born on the farm. 

Use: Cracker is very versatile, trail rides, roping, cattle sorting, pack trips he does it all! 

Fun Fact: Cracker is a son of Cinnamon. Although he was very spunky as a foal, if you let him now, he'd enjoy walking slowly at the back of the group ;).

About The Bashkir Horse's 

EUKER  

​​Age: 13

Breed: 3/4 Bashkir Curly Horse, 1/4 Mustang 

History: Brought from Alberta as a yearling.  

Use: Euker is a great kids horse out the trails! He developed a mild lameness in 2010 so is only used for shorter rides & lighter guests. 

Fun Fact: Euker has 1 blue eye and 1 brown eye! He is also one of Elana's personal favourites with his Curly fro. 

WHISPER

Age: 13

Breed: 3/4 Bashkir Curly Horse, 1/4 Quarter Horse

History: Brought from Alberta as a yearling

Use: Whisper is a wrangler horse as well as our main pack horse. She is extremely careful on the trails in rugged terrain. 

Fun Fact: She is a very sensitive horse & she needs a soft hand. But once she is loaded up and on the trails you would never imagine that!  

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MOLLY

Age: 4

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta this year as a 5 year old.

Use: Currently in training. We are also going to use Molly to pull a sleigh and use on trail rides.  

Fun Fact: Molly is a BIG gal. She is built like a tank, but the most gentle horse you'll find around. 

PRANCER 

​​Age: 13

Breed: 3/4 Bashkir Curly Horse, 1/4 Quarter Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta as a yearling.  

Use: Prancer is a great all around horse. Trail Rides, Cattle Sorting, Pole Bending, you name it, he can do it! 

Fun Fact: Prancer is loved by Linda, she guides trail rides off of him and enters our jackpots for fun. 

MISTY

Age: 12

Breed: Straight Haired Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta at 10 months of age

Use: Misty Is one of our main wrangler horse's. She has a bit more spunk in her than other's, great for experienced riders! 

Fun Fact: Misty has two beautiful foals, Striker, age 5 and a yearling filly, Bella. 

DOLLY

Age: 4

Breed: Straight Haired Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta this year as a 4 year old. 

Use: Dolly is currently in training. We think she'll make a great show horse & trail horse. She will also be trained to pull a sleigh with Molly. 

Fun Fact: Dolly is the most shy horse of the new girls. She needs a very quiet hand.

MATRIX 

​​Age: 12

Breed: Straight Haired Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta at 8 months of age. 

Use: Matrix is an amazing trail horse & overnight horse, good for all levels. He is amazing in the rugged terrain. 

Fun Fact: Matrix has so much character. He will open gates, take the hose out of the tub & flirt with the other horses. He is also a full brother to Penny. 

PENNY

Age: 13

Breed: Straight Haired Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta as a yearling.

Use: Penny is a main wrangler horse, as well as a lesson horse.  She has a bit more spunk in her than other's, great for experienced riders! 

Fun Fact: Penny is extremely friendly, but at times can scare herself looking at her own shadow. That's why we LOVE her!! 

 Welcome toVon Doeler's Ranch

Meet The Curly Horse's 

Aside from our specialized performance horses who are everything from Quarter horses to Warmbloods, we raise Bashkir Curly Horses. They are an amazing breed and a pleasure to look after at the ranch. 

The Curly horses are a hardy, low maintenance horse who are more gentle and friendly than anything. They are also hypo-allergenic, similar to a poodle so those who have allergies can still enjoy to ride. 


The Curly Horses are average 14.2- 15.2hh, and built solid. They are extremely sure footed and can go in the roughest, most rugged terrain one could imagine, never taking a wrong step. Their feet are harder than nails and they rarely need shoes. In the winter their hair becomes either super curly, wavy and the odd ones even have dead straight hair (called a straight haired Curly...oxymoron or what!). 

The Curlies are said to have originated from Russia, crossing over the bearing straight. They can withstand freezing cold temperatures that most horses could not. In the late 1800's, there was a extreme winter in Nevada, killing off thousands of horses, the Curlies were one of the only few to survive the harsh climate with little food. 

They are also used for various equine sports such as Dressage, 3 Day Eventing, Roping, Barrel Racing, Endurance, Reining and Pleasure and do extremely well. Some may be built like a tank, while others can be agile and quick. 

Their great disposition makes them very easy to train for just about anything. The Curlies are also commonly used for individuals with special needs and children. 

They have enough spunk to go but enough brains to whoa! Come out to visit the Curly horses anytime.  

Fun Facts about the Bashkir Curly Horse


The ABCR was only founded in 1971
There are only 4500 Curlies registered to date!
They have an extra layer of fat, helping to keep them warm 
Extra red blood cells, allowing them for exceptional endurance
Even inside their ears and eyelash's will be Curly
They completely shed their thick winter coat in the spring looking sleek, like most horses, however, their curly ears, fetlocks, and wavy mane/tail usually give the breed away

JEWEL

Age: 13

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta as a yearling. 

Use: Jewel is just that. An absolute gem. She is in high demand and used for everything from lessons (jumping, barrel racing, cow sorting) to trail rides. 

Fun Fact: Jewel was also has 1 foal, Diego aged 8 now. 

BUCK 

Age: 26

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta at 14 years of age

Use: Trail Rides & Pony Rides. He is mostly a children's horse now and is AMAZING with even the smallest of kids. He is absolutely bomb proof & you can trust him with your life. 

Fun Fact: Buck is the oldest horse on the farm. He loves his herd of 10 mares, and is very protective of them. 

ROSE 

Age: 13

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta as a yearling.

Use: Rose is so gentle, slow & steady. She is great on the trails for all levels. She is also our back up Pack Horse. 

Fun Fact: Rosie was one of the first Curly horses to be trained when they came from Alberta. She has always been so easy going. 

GINGER 

Age: 13

Breed: 3/4 Curly Horse, 1/4 Appaloosa  

History: Brought from Alberta as a yearling. 

Use: Ginger is a great trail horse for intermediate riders. She is also coming along great barrel racing & gaming! 

Fun Fact: Ginger entered her first competition this summer with Katie Chase & has many more to come!

SUNNY 

​​Age: 13

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta as a yearling.  

Use: Sunny was a great trail horse. However, he popped his hip out in the field in 2012 and can no longer work. He currently enjoys hanging out in the field eating grass!

Fun Fact: 

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The Boys 

MINDY 

Age: 12

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta at 10 months of age

Use: Mindy is great for just about anything. Trail Rides, pack trips, lessons, cow sorting...she is a true team player for any level of rider. 

Fun Fact: One of the friendliest horses on the farm, Mindy will always great you at the gate ready to do something. 

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BRANDY  

Age: 4

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta this year as a 4 year old. 

Use: Brandy is currently in training. We think she'll make a great all around horse for 2017!  

Fun Fact: She is one of the friendliest out of the new bunch of horses. She always greats you at the gate. 

TWISTER

Age: 14

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta at 2 years of age

Use: Twister is used for trail rides (his choice) :). He is steady as a rock and will be sure to take care of any guest who rides him. 

Fun Fact: Gets very curly in the winter. He loves rough terrain and is will go through absolutely any mud hole or up any cliff. He also has a MOUSTACHE!!! 

DIEGO 

​​Age: 8

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Born on the farm. 

Use: Diego is great on trail rides & overnight trips. He is one of the most gentle horses you will find around. 

Fun Fact: Diego is a son of Jewel. He actually has a small brown heart shape in his blaze which gave him the nickname "Key to My Heart". 

PRINCE

Age: 13

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta as a yearling

Use: Trail Rides & Overnight Pack Trips. Prince is solid as a rock out on the trails and is used for all levels. 

Fun Fact: Prince will go through absolutely anything. He loves mud and rivers. He will often be found hanging out in the pond with mud to his ears (literally)! 

CINNAMON

Age: 12

Breed: Straight Haired Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta at 10 months of age

Use: Used mostly on trail rides & overnight trips. She is very gentle with kids, but big and strong enough for all adults. 

Fun Fact: Cinnamon loves to snack and will test her rider within the first few minutes to see how much she can eat along the trail:)

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TRIXI 

Age: 13            

Breed: 3/4 Curly Horse, 1/4 Quarter Horse

History: Brought from Alberta as a yearling

Use: Trixi is one of the most gentle trail horses on the farm. She is very good with nervous rider & kids. 

Fun Fact: Trixi is a little bit of a Diva, and tries to avoid getting her feet muddy :)! 

STARDUST 

​​Age: 13

Breed: 3/4 Bashkir Curly Horse, 1/4 Mustang 

History: Brought from Alberta as a yearling.  

Use: We call Stardust our "Wild Horse". He's only been ridden several times, and truly enjoys living wild with his herd. With a lot of 1 on 1 attention he could make a nice riding horse. 

Fun Fact: This summer we will try our luck at using Stardust as a Pack horse on our overnight trips!  

BUTTON

Age: 8 months

Breed: 1/2 Bashkir Curly Horse, 1/2 Canadian  

History: Born on the farm. 

Use: Button is a big stout filly. She is currently enjoying life as a foal and enjoys playing with her buddy Bella. 

Fun Fact: Button was the most independent foal we've ever seen. She was never overly concerned about being away from mom!

The Girls 

BELLA 

Age: 1

Breed: Straight Haired Curly Horse 

History: Brought from Alberta at 10 months of age

Use: Misty Is one of our main wrangler horse's. She has a bit more spunk in her than other's, great for experienced riders! 

Fun Fact: Misty has two beautiful foals, Striker, age 5 and a yearling filly, Bella. 

MIA

Age: 5

Breed: Full Bashkir Curly Horse. 

History: Brought from Alberta this year as a 4 year old. 

Use: Mia is currently in training. She should be ready to be ridden by guests in 2017. 

Fun Fact: Mia loves to jump! She's already manages to jump the fence once to follow her buddies. Watch out in the xc field!