True, it’s not quite spring yet, but there are new arrivals at Circle D Corral at the Disneyland Resort. Take a look at these sweet little cuddlers, 11 weeks old today. The spotted brown goat is a boy, and the spotted black goat is a girl.
These two Nigerian Dwarf goats came to the Disneyland Resort from Amber Waves Farm in Norco, Calif. Nigerian Dwarf goats are popular as pets due to their gentle, friendly nature. We’re sure they’ll be happy to see you when they make their debut at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm in early February.
In the meantime, you can help us name the new babies, or “kids,” as baby goats are called. Choose between one of the four pairs of names below and rally your friends to make sure your favorite names win!
Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, and we’ll reveal the winning names soon!
In the latest in our series of Disneyland Resort horse training videos, we’ll see Duke working on his ground driving skills with Circle D Equine Trainer Cindy Moser. To a casual observer, ground driving looks like the trainer is simply driving a horse without a cart, but these exercises are an ideal way to develop a horse’s strength, fitness and coordination. And for a new Disneyland Resort horse, these skills are another achievement on the path to pulling the trolley on Main Street, U.S.A.
See the posts below for more on training the horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland park:
Here in Southern California, many of our beach communities celebrate the holidays with boat parades through local harbors. But just a bit inland in Norco, Calif., also known as “Horsetown USA,” the festivities involve a different kind of transportation.
For 10 years now, Norco’s Horsetown Parade of Lights has featured equine units aglow with colorful lights and seasonal decorations. Disneyland Resort participated for the first time this year and was awarded First Place in the Horse Drawn Equestrian unit! Take a look at the festive fun as Circle D’s own “jingle horses” parade down Norco’s main thoroughfare.
You may have heard of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, but did you know we have our own goat version almost every day at Disneyland park?
The Disneyland goat herd, numbering 13 goats, spend their days at the Petting Farm at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland. Between naps, they welcome guests with their calm demeanor and somewhat bewitching eyes. But when “quitting time” comes, the energy level goes up quite a bit. With dinner on their minds, they scoot over the hill to Circle D Ranch, where supper awaits them.
Next time you’re in Disneyland park around sunset, be sure to stop by and witness this adorable bunch scamper home! In the meantime, you can catch the “goat running” in the video below.
On Saturday, October 25, the city of Anaheim presented its 90th annual Halloween Parade. The Disneyland Resort was well-represented in the festivities by Disney Ambassador Sachiko White and Donald Duck, resplendent in his wizard costume. Pulling their carriage were two of Circle D Corral’s finest steeds. Take a look at our video, which shows the preparations necessary to get parade-ready as well as shots from the parade itself.
In the second of a series of videos designed to go backstage at Circle D Ranch at Disneyland park, you’ll see Lead Equine Trainer, Jennifer Gable, working on groundwork skills. Consistent groundwork is important to build trust between the horse and trainer, and it also allows for new concepts to be introduced to the horse in a safe way. Another important idea behind groundwork is acknowledging the horse’s instincts. As a herd animal, horses naturally look toward the herd leader for guidance and safety. As the horse’s trainer, the goal is to take on the role of the leader, resulting in a horse that’s respectful, responsive and relaxed.
Finn is a Brabant draft horse. He’s 11 years old, weighs 1,590 lbs and stands 17.2 hands tall. Finn came to the Disneyland Resort from Oakley, Calif., and took to his new life here, as they say, “like a duck to water.” In the relatively short time Finn has been a part of the Circle D team, he has pulled the Horse Drawn Streetcar on Main Street, U.S.A., pulled the carriage for the Disney Villains at Mickey’s Halloween Party, and was the star of the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration this January for The Year of the Horse. Finn is a very calm horse, and he loves attention.
This is Bug.
Bug is also a Brabant draft horse. He’s 10 years old, weighs 1,555 lbs and stands 17 hands. Bug also came to Circle D from Oakley, Calif. In fact, Bug and Finn were a show team before they came to the Disneyland Resort. Although they look as if they could be brothers, Bug is shorter and bulkier than Finn. And despite being one of Circle D’s smallest horses, Bug easily outweighs many of the horses that are taller than him, because he is so muscular. You can find Bug at the Big Thunder Ranch petting farm. Look to see if he’s there the next time you’re at Disneyland park!
Our horses at Circle D Ranch have come to the Disneyland Resort from a variety of backgrounds, all with the training to do their previous jobs. However, since the work of a Disneyland horse is so specific, each new horse undergoes a lengthy training process before becoming an official equine cast member. Our human cast members also come from varying backgrounds, which is why Circle D Ranch training emphasizes uniformity and consistency – not only for the horses, but also for the cast members who work with them.
In this video, you’ll see Lead Equine Trainer Jennifer Gable working with one of our Circle D horses in a training exercise called “Round Pen.” Note that the stick she holds in her hand is not a whip, but rather a training tool used to focus the horse’s attention. You’ll also see that by working with the horse’s natural herding instincts, the exercise provides mental stimulation and builds an atmosphere of trust between horse and trainer.
It’s time again to meet two more of our equine residents at Circle D Ranch here at the Disneyland Resort.
This is Ducky.
Ducky is a Belgian draft horse. He’s 8 years old, weighs 1,965 lbs and stands 18.1 hands tall. Ducky (like Lee, featured last month) came to the Disneyland Resort from an Amish farm in Shipshewana, Ind. Ducky is a very sweet horse, who is extra gentle when meeting anyone new. Trained in multiple disciplines, Ducky is always willing to do anything he’s asked.
This is Eddie.
Eddie (whose registered name is Prince Edward) is a Clydesdale. He’s 10 years old, weighs 1,590 lbs and stands 17.3 hands tall. Originally from Canada, Eddie came to the Disneyland Resort from Somewhere Farms in San Diego, Calif. During his time in San Diego, Eddie competed in many horse shows, and was a champion in the Halter class. Now working on Main Street, U.S.A., he is one of the easiest four-legged cast members to spot, due to his unique roan color.
Holly is a Belgian draft horse. She is 13 years old, weighs 1,695 lbs and stands 17.3 hands. (Pop Quiz: How tall is that in inches?) Holly came to Disneyland Resort from an Amish farm in Shipshewana, Ind.
Fun fact: Holly is a creature of habit, and unlike most of the other horses at Circle D, prefers to do the same thing every day. Holly is also a successful show horse, competing at the L.A. County Fair and winning multiple ribbons for the Disneyland Resort.
This is Lee.
Lee is also a Belgian draft horse. He is 9 years old, weighs 2,020 lbs and stands 19.0 hands. Like Holly, Lee came to the Disneyland Resort from an Amish farm in Shipshewana, Ind. Lee is definitely one of the clowns at Circle D. He enjoys any and all attention and uses his lips like an elephant would use his trunk, picking up objects and playing with them for hours on end.
At first glance, Holly and Lee look very similar, but a second look reveals Holly’s coat is a deeper dappled copper than Lee’s, and she is much smaller than Lee. Holly has a bold white blaze down the center of her face and a very thin mane and tail. Lee’s coat is more the color of a new copper penny and he has a skinny white blaze on his face. Lee’s face is long and slender with a crook in his nose.
See if you can spot one of these Belgian beauties the next time you’re at Disneyland park!