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About Us

Rancho Verano was first established in 1963 in Escondido, California where our family first became involved with horses.

In 1980 I told my father I would like a Draft Horse for Christmas. At that time there was not a lot of Draft Horses in the area, but we found a man in Vista who raised Clydesdales.

We purchased a six month old Filly named Chica and she ended up giving us six colts that helped start our carriage and hay ride company in 1993.

Our Clydesdales have been seen on Home and Family, Blind Date and have been featured in many magazines and newspapers.One of Chica's colts, Cisco, was chosen to be on the 2002 Los Angeles County Fair pin. Cisco has shown in Colorado, California and Utah and has taken many Blues along with lots of ribbons. We are very proud to have such wonderful horses.

Chica is retired now and out to pasture with another Clydesdale named Delight who has had her share of of making special memories for brides and audiences.

We also have a team of draft mules who pull their weight and then some and have been a feature at the Del Mar Fair. They weigh about 1400 lbs. each. Rancho Verano's services are available for many events including weddings, birthday parties, parades, rodeos, reenactments, festivals and much more!

We also do educational programs about horses and other farm animals. Please call us at 760.749.6503 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 760.749.6503 end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information.

Our Goals
  • To provide the highest quality horse-drawn carriage & wagon experience.
  • To provide the best customer service possible.
  • To offer a unique and memorable experience to last a lifetime!

Clydesdales originated in Scotland in the valley of the Clyde river in Lanarkshire district. The Clydesdale association originated in 1877 in Scotland. The horse is a versatile breed, it’s height is from 16’3 to 19 hands (a hand is 4 inches). One of the identifying features of this breed is the long hair on the lower part of the leg called ‘feathers’. Clydesdale colors range anywhere from roan (a mixture of white hairs with a base coat of another color) to Bays (reddish brown body color with a black mane, tail and lower legs. Bay is one of the most common coat colors in many horse breeds) to blacks. For more information go to Clydesdale Breeders of the United States

Mules are offspring between a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare). Mules are normaly born sterile so they cannot reproduce. George Washington was a big promoter of the mule. He believed they could do twice the work for one third the cost. A very resilent animal. They were used as beast of burden on the farm or to pull wagons in the days of the early settlers to military support in the early days of the west to WWII. The draft mules we use are a cross between a Percheron draft horse and donkey and their names are Jimmy and Jessie.

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Rancho Verano * 30018 Valley Center Rd * Valley Center * 92082 Phone: (760) 749-6503