We are very proud of our small team of characterful and willing horses. They are a young and enthusiastic team between 9 and 22 years of age. They range in height from 14hh-16.2hh and we have a mixture of types from native breeds (i.e. Connemara, Irish Cob) to more exotic breeds (i.e. Appaloosa, Arab, Irish Sports Horse, Hackney x). There should be a horse to suit everyone.
We have worked hard to hand select these horses. We would happily ride any one of them all day long, and we regularly do! The confidence of our horses is important to us. We want a team that love to work and enjoy the environments we ask them to explore with us. Using various natural horsemanship techniques we play games with our horse to ensure they are as adventurous as we are. This has seen them climb in, on, under and over almost anything you can imagine. They are well travelled by road and sea, and always eager for the next adventure.
We probably shouldn’t ‘personify’ our horses. You want to know how lively they are, how fast they will go and how good their brakes are. The truth is, these horses will reflect you. They are great at getting a sense of the capabilities and aspirations of their riders and they never fail to deliver whether you are looking for relaxation or exhilaration. So below is a snippet of their vital statistics and our take on their ‘horse-nalities’ to give you a feel for what they are like ...
14HH, heavy weight, age 13
Guinness Cob, black
The moustached man with the heart of a lion. One of our smaller horses but don't be fooled, he keeps up despite his little legs. Stunning markings (white spectacles) this boy is utterly charming and is a peat bog fairy who can navigate us over any terrain.
14HH, mid weight, age 15
Our little project. Uisge has had a tough start in life and is now enjoying being part the herd where she is gaining confidence. It’s a hard life being the baby though! A sensitive wee horse that needs quiet handling but is clever and extremely rewarding in the right hands.
14.2HH, mid weight, age 11
Appaloosa x Hanoverian, bay
A mischievous 14.2 mare from Blackburn, Pearl is a bay appaloosa x hanoverian, with no spots but with that classic Appy tail and attitude. She's light and responsive to ride, calm and well schooled, but with a glint of fun in her eye and a great fondness for hay!
RHONA AND CARA
Rhona and Cara
14HH, heavy weight, age 6
Traditional Highland ponies, grey
You may have met Rhona and Cara whilst on Knoydart and they have now joined us at Glen Kerran, , to get fully broken in and experience life through trail riding. They are half sister originally bought as stalking ponies. These two are completely inseparable and love nothing more than a good cuddle and scratch.
Rhona is VERY laid back and if she was a human she would definitely spend her day sitting outside watching the world go by, whilst feasting on delicious snacks of course!
Cara is a very inquisitive horse who loves to seek new things. She has the most incredible long mane that flows past her chest however does take a good 3 hours to get a comb through it!
15.1HH, mid weight, age 13
Irish Sports Horse, grey
This lovely 13-year-old lad came to us from central Scotland and slotted straight into his new life – cool as a cucumber. He has dabbled in a little bit of everything, but from what we hear the trail is where he comes to life. Could you find a more fitting home?
13HH, mid weight, age 4
Gypsy Cob, piebald
Martha is the latest member of the herd who came from Aberdeenshire to start her adventure at Wilder Ways. She has been backed and is now ready to start experiencing life on the trails. Martha is a sweetheart and will turn her hoof to anything, she’s eager to please and always puts a smile on your face. With her loving, cheeky personality she fits right into the herd, not to mention her wonderful long mane and hairy legs!!
9.2HH, mid weight, 16 years old
Shetland pony, Chestnut
A true local - Chili came from a neighboring farm where she spent her days roaming the hill. She now enjoys a more social lifestyle amongst the herd and has formed her own girl gang with Martha and Midge. She currently spends her time trying to catch new boy Frankie's eye!
14 HH & Rising, mid weight, 18 months old
Irish Cob x Welsh, palomino
This fine young man is only 18 months old and already putting his best hoof forward to become a future member of the wilder ways herd. He is a splotchy palomino, bred at Crosshill Farm, and very curious about his new home – Mango has taken him under his wing, teaching how to charm the ladies!
16.2HH, mid weight, age 15
This year we sadly had to say our goodbyes to Iorek, one of our incredible herd members.
Before enjoying a well-deserved leisurely retirement at Glen Kerran Farm, Iorek lived a full and adventurous life out on the trail exploring Scotland’s hidden gems.
Remembered as our gentle spotty giant, Iorek was a firm favourite amongst all the kids. A total gentleman and a real school master, who could fly over any jump and helped many build up their confidence. He had the girliest neigh and was a real herd buddy, getting serious FOMO if ever left out of the crowd.
We can’t thank Iorek enough for all the joy and adventure he has brought us over the years.
15.2HH, light weight, age 19
TB cross, skewbald
This year we had to say our goodbyes to one of our beloved herd members; Jazz.
Jazz was a handsome man, who loved nothing more than to hit the trails – eagerly awaiting his next adventure at the gate each morning. Willingly taking whatever we threw at him in his stride, this horse fully immersed himself in the ‘wilder way’ of life. He would climb any mountain, cross any river and gallop any sand– but was still petrified of tents. He was also our most musical horse, who loved to be sung to on any occasion! A real lady charmer and Puzzle’s best friend, he will be greatly missed within the herd.
A favourite to many, Jazz is an irreplaceable herd member that will be truly missed.
In October 2019 we welcomed baby Yeva to the herd. A wee lurcher puppy bursting with energy and full of character. She is now all legs and loves joining us on the trail to show off her top running speed, which is phenomenal!
You may see our loveable hounds around during your stay.
In the summer of 2018, we lost our beloved Tilly. We miss that big character with tiny legs. She sure did make the most of all her adventures with us.
Kiyo is Nikki’s English springer spaniel and the wise old girl of the pack. She has a hair-do like Tina Turner and pulls really big cheesy grins when she is excited to see you but she is as soft as a lamb…in fact softer as our sheep often enjoy chasing her!
In July 2019 we welcomed fabulous kittens into our ever-growing herd! We’d love you to meet brothers Cthulhu and Inigo Montoya who we can certainly say have personalities as interesting and whacky as their names. You will no doubt meet these furry pawed friends during your stay as, despite being great hunters and long distance travellers, they love nothing more than affection!
At Wilder Ways we are passionate about becoming as self-sufficient and home grown as possible. We are therefore committed to producing our own meat wherever possible so we can ensure the quality of life of any livestock for human consumption. So if you are joining us at our home location you should meet some of our farm animals who help to sustain us and our guests.
Ever growing, our flock is now over 20 strong! These are a colourful selection of Shetland sheep who produce delicious meat and super soft wool. They do a great job tidying up the fields after the horses and provide plenty of opportunities for hands on farming time throughout the year, be it lambing, shearing or routine care. Looking after these guys is a firm favourite on our Farm Escapes, when you can even have a go at spinning their fleece into beautiful handmade wool.
Every year we rear some pigs but whether you meet them as wee piglets of fully grown pigs, they are always bursting with character and desperate for a tummy rub. They really are so friendly and terrible nosey. The pigs have their own home in our woods where they are great at ploughing up the ground to clear the otherwise impenetrable bracken and make room for more diverse woodland flora to return.
Our chickens may be small but they are mighty and have three extremely important roles on the farm. 1) Keeping up with Cara’s insatiable appetite for boiled eggs; 2) Clearing the veggie garden of slugs; and 3) Providing hours of entertaining ‘Chicken TV’.