To become a BOK Ranch riding horse is no easy feat. Every horse that is fully accepted into the program must first go through a rigorous testing process. This involves temperament testing, movement and soundness checks, barn visits, interviews with people who know the horse, and veterinary checks.


Every horse that lives in the B.O.K. Ranch barn has an individual owner. Every owner is ultimately responsible for the wellbeing and overall care of their horse(s). While in the care of the BOK Ranch, the program maintains all of the day to day care and upkeep of the horses.



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In memoriam...


The end of an era.

The Norwegian Fjords Zeke and P.J. were the founding horses of the B.O.K. Ranch

"The Boys" arrived at B.O.K. from the same farm in Illinois in 1984.  Though often confused for brothers (all Fjords share the same markings, though their coloring can vary), they were actually not closely related.  P.J., born on February 8, 1980, was then known as "Ryvar".  Zeke, born on May 17, 1981, was "Vilar".

P.J., often considered the more stubborn of the two, was a good mount for "active" riders, as he had smooth gaits and ignored unintentional leg and hand movements.  Zeke, "the gentleman", was more sensitive, with animated gaits ideal for riders needing more stimulation.

Even as new horses joined the herd P.J. and Zeke remained the backbone of the program, slowing down only slightly as they got older.  It was only after over twenty years of loyal service with B.O.K. that they retired; P.J. traveled to Jamie's farm in Colorado in July of 2006, and Zeke retired a year later to sunny Paso Robles with Leslie, rejoining Shale.

After a year and a half of happy retirement, P.J. was sadly put down on December 1st, 2007, after he was unable to recover from a sudden, severe colic.  Zeke joined him on January 31, 2008, when he was put down following a brave battle with a rare cancer.

They are deeply missed.