Allow me to introduce you to Mallow, Switch and Green Bean. Three adorable calves that now call Red Horse Ranch their home. Just this morning, Claudia and I got to love on and be loved on by these three sweet calves, cuddle with miniature goats, pet the soft noses of four beautiful horses and listen to the roosters attempt, or succeed rather, in talking over us.
We arrived on the Ranch and were immediately Welcomed by Cedar, the barn’s Operations Manager. Cedar is a wealth of knowledge and seriously loves and cares so much for each of the ranch animals. All of the animals are obviously well cared for, spoiled and well loved – they are some of the cuddliest farm animals we have ever encountered!
Cedar and the rest of the Todd family grew up in New Orleans where Cedar’s Mom worked as a Vet Tech with a background in Zoology. Can you guess where Cedar’s love of animals came from? The family eventually moved to Florida in 2008, after enduring much loss while living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. After losing most of their home they decided to make the move to Central Florida and began their new life in Winter Garden, where Cedar worked as a horse trainer. In 2021 the family packed up once more and moved to Sanford, where Red Horse Ranch was born due to the family’s love for animals.
The Todd family hopes to bring education and an appreciation for animals as well as the ranch lifestyle for all those that visit. As a way to keep the ranch affordable for all, the family is simply asking for donations upon your visit, but feel free to donate at any time if you also believe in what they are striving for. Their goal is to continue to bring in rescued animals, rehabilitate them and love on them well. Giving them a new future. The ranch currently has five Nigerian Dwarf Goats, four Horses, three calves and lots of chickens with names such as Beaker, Barney, Snowball…who by the way was swept over into the Ranch by a recent storm and simply decided to stay.
If you’d like to make some new furry and feathery friends we can’t recommend Red Horse Ranch enough, we had a hard time pulling ourselves away from all the cuteness this morning so you can assume that we will be back! If you’d like to visit the Ranch you can reach out to the Todd family via call or text (text is preferred) at 407-620-9175 or via email at redhorsesanford-at-gmail.com
Tours are private and by appointment only and include feeding, petting and interacting with the animals. Tours can be booked any day of the week from 9am-5pm, but please be kind and remember that this is ran by the family on their property and they are allowed to take breaks too. Once you have booked your tour, the address will be sent to you.
The ranch is also open to School groups, Birthday parties and such for a hands on learning experience. As noted above the ranch is donation based, if you’d like to make a monetary gift you can any time you visit the ranch or simply show your love at any time by donating via Venmo @Red-Horse-Sanford or via Zelle using the business phone number noted above.
The ranch also offers horse boarding, a riding program (which is currently full) and thirty minute introductory rides for children 12 and under. We have a feeling they are going to be a new favorite in Sanford!
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