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A Visit to Diamond J

A Visit to Horse of my Dreams

“…I want to sincerely thank you and your beautiful family for all of the hospitality during my visit! What an amazing facility you have with what seemed to be an endless line of high end quality horses! Which was what drove me to make the trek across the country to see if it’s all that it’s cracked up to be. From the time I stepped on to your property and was greeted by your family, I knew I was in the right spot…

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Good morning!

Wow…. It’s amazing what a few hours of rest will do for the body after ~1200 miles of traveling. Santa has been really busy this year and spent many hours on the road. I just don’t know how he keeps up that rigorous pace… LOL!

It was an amazing journey and outstanding success by the time I reached the trails end.

I want to sincerely thank you and your beautiful family for all of the hospitality during my visit! What an amazing facility you have with what seemed to be an endless line of high end quality horses! Which was what drove me to make the trek across the country to see if it’s all that it’s cracked up to be.

From the time I stepped on to your property and was greeted by your family, I knew I was in the right spot. After traveling a little more than 8 hours I was ready for some positive reinforcement J! It was way past dark, matter of fact, I never saw any part of Arkansas in the daylight on my drive in.

That didn’t hold us up. We were able to spend quality time getting to know each other’s family and I have to say I was impressed with the sincerity in learning about my needs in a horse for my twin 7 year old daughters.

Great time was spent sharing specific attributes and abilities I respect and expect in a horse if he is going to be carrying my most precious cargo (Waverly and Sarah) aka.. the princesses of the Twin W Ranch! J Safety was premier in the conversations the entire time I spent at your place. One thing for sure WE were all aligned with was the fact that if we couldn’t find a safe fit, we didn’t need to do business at all and at the end of the day, the friendship we gained along the way would be well worth the trip.

After getting to know each other we went through the barns and selected the top 6 horses to best fit our needs.

Hats off to the Real Horse Whisperer, Isabella! I am so thankful for her time and help throughout the entire stay. I spent most of my time in the covered arena talking with her about the different animals and sharing her perspective on each and every one. I knew by looking into her eyes that she was very honest and trustworthy and therefore she was very instrumental in my selection. We spent much time having personal conversations about her experiences with the horses and her opinions related to the different qualities each possess. She was amazing and a pure delight to work with… Lord only knows what she was thinking when I asked her to continuously work the horses through different activities/rigors. She never blinked an eye for any request and happily engaged in all aspects of the trials like a true professional even though we were approaching the midnight hour. Isabella definitely has a gift with horses and is truly blessed to be surrounded by the animals she loves as well as a true blessing to this facility and business for all she does to take care of the horses and educate the clients! After all, she is the main attraction on all of the mounts in the videos and pictures LOL!

Overall a great trip, I met some friends for life, found a “Horse of My Dreams” and an opportunity to share all of this with my family and specifically my girls! If you’re ever in our neck of the woods, please stop by and we will return the southern hospitality! I have attached a couple pics above to get to know the family.

~Wendell

Amiga Testimonial

Caroline in Florida

“…Your thoughtfulness, wisdom and guidance to get me through one of the most difficult times when I lost my “Annie.” So many countless times you picked up the phone when I was trying to “move on” and find another loving horse, all the questions I had about Amiga, you were there…

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Dear Alisha,

The holidays have past with many sentimental thoughts of the past year. I want to say “thank you” so very much for bringing me Savanna aka Amiga.

Your thoughtfulness, wisdom and guidance to get me through one of the most difficult times when I lost my “Annie.” So many countless times you picked up the phone when I was trying to “move on” and find another loving horse, all the questions I had about Amiga, you were there! When I tell people who inquire about Savanna how I found her, they say “you were lucky!” I say; He sent me a miracle in finding Horse of my Dreams, meeting you finding my Savanna!

She has the most loving spirit, so willing to learn and very patient! You were right, she has a “ole soul” when it comes to trails. I rode bareback with her one evening for an hour on the trail and she was amazing. I have not done that in over 40 years, it shows the confidence I have in her out and about. I have so enjoyed having her and its brought lots of joy back to me and the barn!

Two weeks ago, for the first time when I pulled into the farm gates, I called her name and she was clear across the field, she popped her head up, whinnied and galloped clear across the two acres to greet me at the fence and followed me all the way into the barn. I never thought I would hear that kind “whinny” again, I just cried…

Savanna is truly such a blessing and so are you for listening, making sure horses and buyers are a great fit. All the preparation you did to make sure that she would be a great mare, is reflected. Thank you for all you do for so many of us who are seeking a soulmate companion in horses!!!!

Much gratitude and thankfulness,
Caroline

Thunder Testimonial

Maria in Florida

“…Horses are not machines. I followed Alisha’s “Acclimating Your New Horse” instructions and gave Thunder time to settle in. Where I live, many of the equestrian trails leading to parks are parallel to roads, some very busy and noisy. Cars, garbage trucks, motorcycles, bikers, tree-trimmers, barking dogs…

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My experience with Diamond J and Alisha has been exceptional; she is as amazing as are her horses.

Handsome, my beloved horse, died suddenly… a few months shy of his 27th birthday. We had many happy years together. I mourned. His pasture-mate pony, Pretty, mourned. When the time was right I wanted to ride again, and fill the voids in our barn and hearts.

The next step was a quest to find a safe, sound, and sane horse. Not easy. When my local search came up lame, I broadened horizons. Google found a black quarter horse named Thunder on Horse of My Dreams. There was something about him, besides his good looks. I sent an email inquiry.

Buying a horse via the internet could be arguably considered crazy. Chatting with Alisha, however, silenced my apprehension. Thunder arrived a week after the purchase; he was as gorgeous as his pictures and video, plus red-sparkled painted hooves, and braided mane and tail. Pretty and I were immediately smitten. Thunder, too, seems to approve of his new home.

Horses are not machines. I followed Alisha’s “Acclimating Your New Horse” instructions and gave Thunder time to settle in. After ten days of grooming, bonding, and riding on the property, I thought he was ready for a trail ride. My horse friends met at my house and we took a pleasant hour-long ride together. Thunder was great. Where I live, many of the equestrian trails leading to parks are parallel to roads, some very busy and noisy. Cars, garbage trucks, motorcycles, bikers, tree-trimmers, barking dogs, nothing spooked Thunder. He was just as sane and steady on the second ride.

The third ride an issue arose. Thunder cried like a baby when it was time to leave his Pretty buddy behind. I’m not referring to a whinny. I am talking body-shaking, stop-traffic, can be heard a block away CRYING. I did eventually coax Thunder to ride out, but his sobs did not cease.

I called Alisha. She was sweet, sympathetic, succinct, and the next day sent me a training strategy that I implemented. In a few lessons, the problem appeared to be solved. Thunder and I had a lovely cry-free ride with pals. However, riding solo, Thunder’s whole focus again became getting back to the barn to see his Pretty buddy.

Because horses are not machines.

My “perfect” Handsome had been a champion racehorse before I owned him. Our initial trail rides were about “winning” whether it was taking off and “beating” an unsuspecting horse walking a half mile ahead of us, or throwing a temper tantrum if we were in a group and he didn’t get to lead. Handsome’s behavior taught me to be a better rider. In time, Handsome trusted my decisions, and accepted me as a partner. Over the years I became a comfortable and complacent rider. Which is good, and bad…

Why should Thunder trust me? We just met. As well-trained as Alisha’s horses are, they are not machines. Horses, especially smart ones, ponder, sense, observe, surmise, inspect, pine for old friends, and draw their own conclusions regarding what is safe and who is worthy of trust and equality. I was the woman whose partner died, who claimed to want a new partner, but who was still figuratively walking around in comfy sweats, squash-back slippers, and a scrunchy in her hair, thinking Prince Charming was going to give her a second look. If I wanted Thunder to think of me as more than food lady, groom, and manure scooper, I had to be new-partner worthy, an equal. I read somewhere that in relation to humans, dogs deem themselves inferior; cats superior, and horses consider man an equal.

With some advice from a trainer who specialized in buddy-sour horses, I ventured out on a leisurely trail walk with Thunder. At the point he refused and wanted to return to Pretty, we returned. But we exercised at the barn while Pretty watched, and then hit the trails again. That first training day we rode out and returned to the barn twelve times over nearly three hours. By the eighth time, Pretty was under a tree at the far end of the paddock snoozing and the confused dogs had given up barking their customary “welcome home” greeting. That said, Thunder still had to do work, without the reward of seeing his buddy who’d lost interest in his frequent returns. By the last ride out, Thunder decided that alone on a relaxed trail ride with me was where he preferred to be. I earned his trust, and our subsequent rides, solo and with friends, have been perfect. I proved myself to be an equal.

It’s our responsibility as horse owners to foster a relationship with our new family member. “Beginning” rider doesn’t mean “clueless” rider. The more knowledgeable one is about the ways of horses, the better one learns to respond to cues, and the stronger the human-animal relationship will be. Happily-ever-after requires work and trust, providing both partners are honest, safe, and sane. Alisha provides horses that are all that, and more.

Like a good man, Thunder has made me a want to be a better horsewoman. I am very grateful to Alisha for being such a gifted match-maker.

~Maria

The Peterson Family

The Peterson Family

“…We have made over 10 purchases from them and never regretted it once…. Purchasing horses is always a challenge when children are involved, but even more stressful when factoring in special needs. We have two daughters with Down syndrome, and really appreciated Alisha’s knowledge, honesty, and genuine interest in our family needs…

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“Alisha and Richard have taken care of our family once again!!!! We have made over 10 purchases from them and never regretted it once. Our pony, Candy, is absolutely PERFECT for our girls!!! Our daughters, Addelyn and Avery, both have Down syndrome and love their pony!!! We are extra cautious with our girls and want to avoid any possible bad experience. Alisha listened to their needs, educated herself about what their needs are, and delivered a perfect match! Candy is just amazing and takes care of them every step of the way! The girls love grooming her and riding her. Her temperament is exactly what they needed!!!! Candy just stands there and allows the girls to have their fun. Thank you Alisha and Richard for listening and finding that dream horse for our girls!!!!”

~The Patterson Family

“Alisha has become family to us so quickly. She took the time to familiarize herself with the needs of our 7 children in order to assist us in purchasing the perfect horses for our family. Purchasing horses is always a challenge when children are involved, but even more stressful when factoring in special needs. We have two daughters with Down syndrome, and really appreciated Alisha’s knowledge, honesty, and genuine interest in our family needs. We began with purchasing two horses, and currently have purchased 8 AMAZING, PERFECT, and SOLID horses from Alisha. We have absolutely no worries about our kids being on these horses – they are amazing!!! Alisha just finds the most amazing horses available!!! Our family has been well taken care of by Alisha, and her follow up after our horses arrived was completely amazing, thoughtful, and just helpful! Alisha runs the most caring and personalized business I have ever come across!!! Our children absolutely LOVE their new horses!!! Our daughter, Addelyn, adores her pony and is addicted to the videos on Alisha’s website!!! Alisha has more than just sold us some horses – she has completed our family!”

~The Patterson Family

Cajun Testimonial

The Calhoun Family

“I was really surprised at what a difficult task it was to sort through all the fraudulent ads and people that were clearly not to be trusted. I became a bit disheartened until I found Alisha at Horse of My Dreams. From our very first conversation she made the process so much fun and exciting- the way shopping for a new horse should be…

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When my fiancé and I decided to pursue our dream of getting out of the city and moving to a ranch near the California coast, I immediately started looking for horses. Specifically, a safe and sweet horse with a great personality that just about any of our guests could ride. 

I was really surprised at what a difficult task it was to sort through all the fraudulent ads and people that were clearly not to be trusted. I became a bit disheartened until I found Alisha at Horse of My Dreams. 

From our very first conversation she made the process so much fun and exciting- the way shopping for a new horse should be.
After talking in depth about our riding abilities and goals, she said she would start sending a few options she thought would be a great match for us. Sure enough, her first recommendation stole my heart and I knew immediately that was the horse I’d been looking for. 

Cajun arrived a few weeks ago and he’s everything she described and more. What a stunning, sweet, reliable horse with so much experience. His training has clearly been top of the line. I would happily put a child on him, and also trust him to keep up with the most experienced of riders. I’m madly in love with Cajun! When the time comes to get another horse I will only be using Alisha and Horse of My Dreams.  She stayed in contact through the entire process, even making herself available to answer any questions or help however she could once the horse arrived. 

Thank you Alisha and your family for what you do – it’s truly special.

~Hilary, California

Glenn Delahoussaye

Glenn Delahoussaye

“…I am a professional race horse trainer and needed a “kid friendly” horse that I could also do some training of young racing prospects. That is a VERY difficult job description for a horse. Alisha told me she had exactly what I needed ( I had heard that before in a career that has spanned over 40 years) Not only was he EXACTLY what I wanted but he has become my constant companion and partner! 

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Just wanted to give you an update on “Smarty”. I purchased him one year ago from Richard & Alisha of Diamond J. I am a professional race horse trainer and needed a “kid friendly” horse that I could also do some training of young racing prospects. That is a VERY difficult job description for a horse. Alisha told me she had exactly what I needed ( I had heard that before in a career that has spanned over 40 years) Not only was he EXACTLY what I wanted but he has become my constant companion and partner! 

The most important part of this success story is that they have become our friends as well. I respect them professionally and would recommend anyone looking for a “Dream Horse” to contact them. Here is a photo of us doing what we love and are blessed to be able to do! Thanks Guys!

~Glenn Delahoussaye

Gunner Testimonial

Jennifer B.

“…I cannot tell you how much this horse means to me just seven months later. He is everything you advertised and so much more… We recently started trail riding with friends and Gunner is by far the most bombproof horse I have ever had the pleasure to ride. I recall you sharing with me that you would trust Gunner on a three-lane highway at rush hour and, I admit, I doubted you but…

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Hi Alisha,

I purchased Gun Powder Smoke aka Gunner from you in the spring of this year. I cannot tell you how much this horse means to me just seven months later. He is everything you advertised and so much more. Gunner and I spent most of the summer months getting to know one another in the arena. We recently started trail riding with friends and Gunner is by far the most bombproof horse I have ever had the pleasure to ride. I recall you sharing with me that you would trust Gunner on a three-lane highway at rush hour and, I admit, I doubted you but he has proven himself to be solid, trustworthy and safe. We were on the shoulder of a busy road just this past Friday and he never even flinched. He takes good care of me in any situation. Best of all is the fact that Gunner is affectionate, sweet and gentle. You told me he would wait for me at the gate and you were right. While our other horses run in the other direction when they see us haul out the saddles or hitch up the trailer, Gunner is always eager for attention and ready to do whatever is asked of him.

Thank you so much for suggesting Gunner when I contacted you and thank you for all of your support during those first few weeks. Gunner is my once-in-a-lifetime horse and worth every penny I paid for him.

~Jennifer B.

Smokey Testimonial

The King Family

“…she found our family a stunning Chocolate Palomino Quarter Horse named Smokey…. We are Very Thankful to Alisha & Horse of My Dreams- for making us a perfect match!! We’ll be back- without hesitation, should we have a need for another perfect horse!! We may be contacted if your considering purchasing a horse from Horse of My Dreams and have any concerns…

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Alisha… did exactly what was advertised thru her website, she found our family a stunning Chocolate Palomino Quarter Horse named Smokey. Trust was the key. We had never met Alisha or visited her barn. We live on the East Coast a long way from her farm! Sounds crazy- to buy a horse site unseen, I know! However we spent much time speaking on the phone about our desires- & Alisha knew the perfect match for us based on our discussions- we received a video & photos of the ideal horse & thru many emails & texts between us we were introduced to Smokey! His pictures honestly didn’t do him justice- he is much more stunning in person!

He’s the most amazing, gorgeous, gentle, smart, willing, sizable, healthy, gelding & perfect for our family… in particular my husband. But literally anyone can feel safe with Smokey because he is just so very special! We absolutely LOVE him!
Smokey acclimated to his new home here with us & has made us all very happy! We are Very Thankful to Alisha & Horse of My Dreams- for making us a perfect match!! We’ll be back- without hesitation, should we have a need for another perfect horse!!

We may be contacted if your considering purchasing a horse from Horse of My Dreams and have any concerns. Thanks so much!!

~The King’s

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