O'Bannon's DunRovin' Ranch, LLC

Registered Shire horses, N.A.Spotted drafts, ADHA Drum horses, Longhorns, Organic cattle & More!

We Have Chosen to Take the

 Trail  Less Traveled


Animal Treatment


"We Can Judge the Heart of a Man By His Treatment of Animals." Immanual Kant

 Natural - Humane - Respectful  

In the Hebrew language there is only one word for both spirit and breath.  According to Genesis 2:7 Man was given the

"breath of life" and became a "living soul".

The Hebrew word for soul, living creature, and living soul is NepheshThis word is used when writing about both humans and animals. Our animals are cared for  with the belief in mind that we

"have all one breath"

and they are treated as such - respected, given jobs, disciplined with love.......truly treasured. 


Here at O’Bannon’s DunRovin’ Ranch, LLC we do not take part in scotch bottom shoes, excessive hair trimming, tail bobbing, or harsh training methods.  

There is a wealth of information to be learned about all of this and more on our Q&A's page.

Mission Statement 

for O'Bannon's DunRovin' Ranch, LLC 

  • We will make this ranch economically self-sustaining & profit-generating and will do it while maintaining the well-being, good health, dignity, and care, for all the animals.
  • We will breed superior Texas Longhorn / Black Angus cattle, for use in the specialty, organic beef markets of the present and future. 
  • We will breed the finest Registered Shire and Spotted/Pinto Draft horses achievable for us, for their future positive economic impact on ranch finances, with an eye to conformation as well as protecting and bettering the breeds. 
  • We will raise the finest Registered Shire and Spotted/Pinto Draft horses achievable for us, focusing on great temperament through the practice of leadership, patience, discipline, exercise through work, and kindness.

It's Just a Horse

From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's 'just a horse'," or,"that's a lot of money for "just a horse".  They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a horse."

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a horse."
Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a horse," but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a horse" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a horse," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "
just a promise."

"Just a horse" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.

"Just a horse" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of "just a horse" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a horse" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a horse" but the thing that gives me humanity & keeps me from being "just a person."

                       They May See...

They may see the good you do as self serving.
Continue to do good anyway.

They may see your generosity as grandstanding.
Continue to be generous.

They may see your warm and caring nature as a weakness.
Continue to be warm and caring.

For you see, in the end it is between you and God.
It never was between you and them anyway.
                                                                                                                                    Author unknown

                  Music credit:  'The Trail Less Traveled' by Mary Ann Kennedy  .                                         from her The Trail Less Traveled album.