It’s been a while since we paid a visit to our favorite Disneyland equines at Circle D Ranch, the 5.5-acre ranch where the Disneyland Resort horses live and train. So what’s new? Actually, it’s more like who’s new!
Circle D has five new horses! We’re pleased to introduce you to our newest four-legged cast members.
This is Dublin – he’s a four-year-old Belgian and Percheron cross. Isn’t he handsome? The Circle D cast members say he’s quite affectionate, too. Dublin comes to Circle D from Ontario, California.
This is Champ and his half-brother Chip. These beautiful Clydesdales are five years old and come from Montana. It’s striking how similar their markings are! Here’s a hint to tell them apart: Chip has some black feathers among the white on his right front leg.
This is Lily. She came to Circle D from Ohio and is five years old. Around the ranch, she’s known as the mare who likes to be in the spotlight. Could be perfect casting for Main Street, U.S.A., don’t you agree?
Rounding out the new group is Pumpkin. She’s the baby, at one-and-a-half years old. She is a black Percheron, with a very sweet nature and very long ears! She is from Tehachapi, California.
Although these horses are different breeds, they all enjoy a common thread, which is their thoughtful and calm personalities. According to Circle D Ranch Manager, Erin Simon, Disneyland horses are chosen for their intelligence and willingness to learn. These horses also love being with people!
The training process from arrival at Circle D to debut on Main Street, U.S.A., takes anywhere from six months to a year, depending on the particular horse. Training begins with exercises designed to build trust and respect between horse and human, continues with skill work for strength and coordination, as well as learning vocal commands. A fixed timeline for a horse to arrive at Disneyland park is not established, as each horse will meet goals at their natural pace. The result are horses that truly enjoy their jobs! Or, as has been said, “The Happiest Horses on Earth.”