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Breed Your Mare to a Champion

Flame is a 3-time National Grand Champion in Western Pleasure and 1-time National Grand Champion in English Pleasure.


He has a gentle disposition while being a proven champion and stud.


Add a winner to your barn, contact the ranch to have semen shipped or bring your mare out for breeding.

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Horses for Sale

All of our babies are bred from our champion stud, Flame.


Each baby is imprinted and goes through years of natural horsemanship and natural gait training.


Click here to see our horses for sale.

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Welcome to the Ranch!

Bucky & Nancy Sparks welcome you to Walking the Dog Ranch located in Cortez, Colorado is a full-service training and breeding facility. 


The ranch has a large indoor arena, miles of trail riding, automatic waterers for your horse and cozy guest quarters for you.

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Host a Clinic

Bucky will travel to your location to conduct a clinic for you and your friends. 


You can host a clinic or have your local riding club or stable host a clinic.


Check the online calendar for clinic dates and location.

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Gentle Training using Natural Horsemanship

When it comes to training Bucky & Nancy put the welfare of the horse first. 


All horses have individualized training programs designed based on the horse's experience, physical and emotional fitness.

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One Big Happy Family

The herd at Walking the Dog Ranch is always growing with horses, cats, dogs and even a goat.


Gertrude, the old goat that was dumped at our ranch a few years ago and has quickly became the ranch mascot.  Sadly, she passed away this winter.


Now Gertrude rests in peace.  Read about people happy & satified with Bucky & Nancy.

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Walking the Dog Ranch

  • baby-with-momIs your horse not gaiting to his full potential?
  • Are you preparing for the show season ? Does your horse need refinement?
  • Do you have a horse who is not set in his gaits?
  • Are you unfamiliar with gaited horses and need help with your horse?

You have come to the right place!  Welcome to Walking the Dog Ranch. We strive to raise quality horses by breeding the best to the best. All our breeding stock are tried and true having won championships and grand championships.

Our stud Flame just won another Championship!
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Our training program combines natural horsemanship with classical dressage resulting in horses that are both confident and athletic. We have developed a training system we call B.L.E.S.S. which is an acronym for balance, looseness, engagement, softness and soundness.

These are horses that can go from the rail to the trail. They are easy to load, easy to handle and a joy to be around. 

At Walking the Dog Ranch, all our horses are routinely wormed, vaccinated and trimmed. Healthy, happy horses are a top priority and you can buy with confidence, knowing that your new horse has been well cared for.  Your horse will be treated like one of the family while your horse is in training at our ranch with consistent training and loving care.

Bucky & Nancy Sparks are featured on the The Horse Show with Rick Lamb

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"I was so ecstatic to know I could participate in a clinic with Bucky here in Thunder Bay (Sept 8-9/12). I have a TWH named Copper who I have been struggling with for 2 years: pacing, no gaiting, spooking over anything. It was scary to learn I was really taking a chance with road riding Copper. Bucky broke down horse behaviour for me and really helped me understand the proper biomechanics of a gaited horse. I had many people tell me to do this or that, but having Bucky show me how to help Copper feel calm and safe was priceless. I saw immediate results at the end of the weekend and continue to see improvement with each workout I do with Copper. I have renewed hope that Copper will be the horse I know he can be: safe, trusting, and with proper gaiting! Thank you sooooo much Bucky! I will be first in line for next year's clinic to further Copper's training!!!!"

Anna Laakso

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Events Legend

  • Clinics hosted at locations off of Walking the Dog Ranch.
  • Horse Shows that Bucky & Nancy will be participating in.
  • Show events from all categories