Visit Quicksilver Mini Horse Ranch in Solvang and Meet “Kickstand” the Colt

by Leila on July 31, 2011

If you are looking for a free place to take the kids and watch them squee over the cuteness of miniature horses be sure to stop by Quicksilver’s Mini Horse Ranch outside Solvang, CA. We spent less than an hour at Quicksilver’s Mini Horse Ranch but the kids really enjoyed this stop! If we had another day in the area we would have gone again. The mini horses are adorable and there are tons of them. If you have a large group that wants to do a guided tour they offer this as well. They are open to visitors every day from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The scenery in Solvang is gorgeous and it adds to the enjoyment of this stop. The kids walked around giving the miniature horses names and picked which one they liked best. This is not a petting zoo but that doesn’t take away from anything! This is a place to stroll around with your kids, talk about life on a ranch and enjoy the landscape and uber little horsey cuteness.

Off in the distance a neighbor had a standard size horse which really put into perspective how tiny these guys are!

I love simple outings like this with my kids because it goes to show that you can have lots of fun without having to break the bank.

I also love the moments when my son yells out things to me like, “Mommy, is that a boy?! His penis is HUGE! It’s like my size!” Oh my very shy and modest 4 year old son… you wish. Ha! I swear I didn’t react or make a big deal out of that moment but I was dying of laughter on the inside. The kids named this colt, Bob…
But in my head I named him Kickstand.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this blog post. I reviewed it because we genuinely had a great time visiting the ranch. The colts name is neither Bob nor Kickstand… I actually have no idea what his name is but he impressed me more than most men ever could so I had to give him credit.

About Leila DontSpeakWhinese

Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is the Mom of a big blended family of five awesome kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.

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Jenn [ Crippled Girl ] July 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Mini horses are so cute, kickstands and all 🙂 


Don't Speak Whinese August 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm

They really are cute!! I spent two days obsessively researching how to become a mini horse rancher because of it! I long to live in the country! 


meleahrebeccah August 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm

those mini-horses are adorable!!


Don't Speak Whinese August 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm

They are!! You should get one and I can come and visit you 😀 


meleahrebeccah August 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I wish!


Noah Garcia August 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Thanks for posting this information. Sounds interesting. I might take my girls there and meet Kickstand 🙂


Don't Speak Whinese August 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm

LOL! I really wish I was warned about how obvious the males were. All the adults were so shocked that we were snickering the whole time. The kids had no idea.

It really is a fun little stop and the kids really like seeing them! It is worth it especially on a beautiful day and it is down the street from an amazing park! 


lisamariemary August 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Ooooh, I’ve wanted to visit Solvang for quite some time now – and the reason is for horses, too. But not mini ones. Monty Roberts’ ranch is there. I just absolutely adore him and everything he teaches! 

And your son is hysterical! As are you – I’m loving the name “Kickstand”! Hahaha! 😀


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