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Roso Ranch in CV – <BR> a paradise for horses<BR>

Give a hard-working person six acres and they could turn them into a paradise for horses.

Schuyler Scharf, owner and operator of Roso Ranch in Chino Valley, poses with Fancy, a registered paint horse he boards, and his dog, Jynx. Schuyler has created a horse boarding paradise and future roping and socializing spot for the community. He offers stabling in covered barns with runs that include feeding, turn-outs and blanketing for a very competitive price. The trio stands in front of the Castle Brook barn with its thick sawdust-covered 12-foot-by-12-foot stalls, with 20-foot runs.

Schuyler Scharf of Chino Valley invested in six acres of bare, flat dirt on Road 4 North, just west of Road 1 West, and turned it into a horse boarding ranch named Roso Ranch that people are happy to call home for their horses. Schuyler also has extensive plans for the future – regular ropings, barbecues and interaction for horses and their owners in Chino Valley.

"It's a lot of hard work ... but it isn't really work to me, because I love taking care of horses," said Schuyler (pronounced Skyler).

In less than a year Schuyler has designed and implemented a complete horse boarding set-up, offering a full-service home for horses at a competitive price.

Roso Ranch features a mare motel that is a covered barn with 12-foot-by-24-foot pipe stalls that extend into the sun. The monthly boarding fee is $150, which includes a twice a day feeding of alfalfa and grass hay mix in the summer (all alfalfa in the winter) turn out for exercise, worming (to rid horses of parasites and worms) and blanketing in cold weather. (If a person's own rent could be so low and cover so much!) And a cool breeze always blows through this barn.

For the show horses, or the horse of an owner who just likes to pamper their horse, a beautiful wood barn with a red roof is the place for them. The Castle Brook Barn has 12-foot-by-12-foot stalls with thick, cushioned sawdust bedding and a 20-foot run, all for $225 per month.

"I like a horse to have the choice of standing in the shade on a hot day or soaking up the sun if it's cool," Schuyler said. Indeed, in the natural realm on the range, horses would hunt up a shade tree on a hot sunny day or lay out in the sun when they instinctively needed their vitamin D. A hot, open corral in the summer, or a cold damp stall in the winter is not comfortable for even the toughest of horses.

Schuyler stopped by his own horse, stabled in the mare motel.

"This is Heavy Duty, or HD for short," he said, introducing the 16- hand gelding. ("Hands" is the term of measurement of a horse's height, at four inches per hand.) "HD is a 15-year-old quarter horse that does it all," Schuyler smiled. "I rope on him and he can head or heal, do barrels and he's great with kids. A horse should perform out of willingness not fear. Once a horse understands its job, they will enjoy doing it."

The roping arena Schuyler pointed to is a little bigger than a standard-sized roping arena because he like do everything first class. It measures 150 feet by 300 feet with excellent footing. He thought of the comfort and ease that the horses would experience. The arena is also available for rent for any equestrian event.

"The parking is wrap around so horse trailers can pull up, unload their horse, ride and load up again without having to back up," Schuyler said. He indicated that this would be a big deal to him if he were driving out to ride or practice roping twice a week. Schuyler also considered the neighbors in his design and keeps everything neat as a pin, including the stalls for fly control.

The backdrop of the working areas – the round pen, arena and even the cement wash rack – all have a mountain backdrop for the boarders to enjoy. The Bill Williams Mountain range and San Francisco Peaks are to the northeast and Granite Mountain graces the south view.

A pretty registered paint follows Schuyler out on the lead rope, to the front of the Caste Brook Barn for a picture. The paint, "Fancy," is owned by Sarai Tenerelli of Chino Valley. Schuyler calls his dog, Jinx, to join them.

"My future plans are to put in lots of shade trees and a barbecue for a laid-back atmosphere," Schuyler said. Roso Ranch is paradise indeed!

For more information about Roso Ranch, call Schuyler Scharf at 636- 8375.

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