In 2009 I went to Spirit of Texas Arabians to see a horse named Seer that my friend told me I REALLY had to see. I was struck immediately by the unbelievably beautiful horses in the barn! As Hank introduced me to each horse, the mutual love and respect between man and horse was very evident. Seer was very forward and extremely athletic, but not quite what I had in mind for jumping. Hank suggested I try endurance. After posting for 4 miles at the trot, I was hooked! I leased Seer for 6 months, before purchasing him and have never been happier. He could not have been more perfect for me. We are both still at Spirit of Texas. Over the past several years Seer and I have achieved a stronger bond than I had ever known was possible. We competed in endurance with Hank and Selena for several years and consistently finished 1st place or 2nd and won Best Condition numerous times. They are extremely knowledgeable, conscientious, generous, honest and fair with everyone they meet. They are also highly respected in the endurance community. Thanks, Hank and Selena for all you have taught me, for your friendship, and for so many wonderful memories!!
When I found Hank and Selena I'd been learning to ride for about 2 years. I had been to 2 different barns and was frankly getting bored of riding around the arena, trying to force my heels down and hold my body in the perfect position while remaining relaxed! I felt I was becoming a riding machine instead of a horsewoman. I started taking lessons and riding with Hank and Selena and in 6 months had learned a 100 times more than I did that first year. I took basic dressage lessons with Selena and both Hank and Selena coached me in trail riding and competitive endurance rides. They have taught me that being with horses is more about trying to understand and communicate with them. They care passionately about horses and treat all the horses in their barn as if they were their own. It is infectious. Every horse and rider I have seen in their barn and on the trail with them, is happy. I know my horse is happy, I am happy and every time we ride, we both have fun. I couldn't ask for more.
I became hooked on Arabians with my first Arabian mare when I was 14 yrs old. I won't say how many years I went without a horse, but when we first went to Spirit of Texas just to look, we knew we had come to the right place. They found each horse-loving member of our family the perfect Arabian, beautiful horses, with good bloodlines and great personalities. In fact, we liked it so much my horses have been at Hank and Selena's since March 2000. I always know that my horse is well cared for and happy. Trail riding every week has become my great escape.
In 1997 I tragically lost my Half-Arabian dream horse of 13 years. After that I lost my confidence as a result of riding horses that were not a match to my quiet style of riding. When I read the description of Propane on the Spirit of Texas website I knew right then that this was the horse I had been searching for. Being a rider who had lost confidence, it was hard to get over the "what if" scenarios. I asked a lot of questions and they answered every question in detail. The purchase was made and Propane was transported from Texas to British Columbia. Selena provided a list of instructions, a feeding program and tips on how to ride him. Propane is everything I ever wanted and way, way more. Riding has become fun again, my fear of bridges, dogs, and loud noises has gone away and my riding form is back to what it used to be. Instead of making excuses of why I can't ride that day, I am making excuses of why I have to ride today.
When Cindy Fineran brought her gorgeous 3 yr old Crabbet stallion, Efron, to our barn to be trained, she wasn't too sure how long it would before she was completely comfortable riding him on her own. But, after 6 weeks of training, she was ready to ride. Hank and Cindy spent many hours riding their 2 stallions on the trail together before Cindy and Efron headed home with a lot of new confidence in each other.