SZ Rescue Mission

be a part of the rehabilitation process during your next stay

We are developing a collaborative effort with SPCA for Monterey County to help adopt out their furry residents. The ranch is now a foster placement for unwanted animals who need social interaction and a place to live during their time of transition. The SPCA can only rescue as many animals as they have space, for each foster we take another animal is rescued. When we brought in three sheep that opened up enough space for forty neglected rabbits. When you book a vacation you are supporting our mission and will play an important role in the process while onsite.


New Foster Arrivals

We recently brought in four guinea pigs, three young sheep, and a horse. Denny the horse is featured at the top of the page relaxing at sunset. The sheep are young and will be adoptable once they get used to people, and the guinea pigs already love to be handled they just need a family who will love them.


SZ Rescue Mission Success

Sister came from the SPCA for Monterey County. When the organization found her, she was belly deep in feces. Her pen was so cramped that she could not turn around. There was no door and had to be cut out from her enclosure along with four other horses. Bar SZ Ranch turned Sister's life around for the best. When she arrived at the Ranch, she had never been ridden, let alone desensitized, nor able to walk correctly. Our trainer Michelle successfully turned Sister into an adoptable horse that was ready to ride. She was desensitized and able to walk and perform like a normal, functional horse. Sister is now very happy and enjoying her new family. Thank you so much to Julie and her family for giving this beautiful mare such a great home!

Our guests were part of the formula for success, you may have seen Sister in the round pen getting used to all sorts of noises, movements, plastic bags, etc. We miss you already Sister, keep in touch.

Rescue Tracker

We love the opportunity to rescue and rehabilitate when animals are in need. Some we have rescued and are still living onsite, while others we fostered and found a permanent home.

Horses 128
Cows 40
Lamas 3
Cats 53
Dogs 6
Rabbits 7
Guinea Pigs 5
Chinchilla 1
Goats 42
Sheep 41

Big Belly Nelly

Big Belly Nelly is a huge Potbelly Pig. She came from a rescue in Hollister which could no longer keep her. She was severely overweight and when the Bar SZ Ranch got her we immediately put her on a diet. She is now free-range and has lost a lot of excess weight. While she may sound grumpy when you pet her, she is becoming more friendly and social with guests. Nelly is most often found napping in the shade by the goats or accompanying other pigs. Nelly is very happy and a real treat to the eye.

Adoption is the best option

Prior to purchasing any animal big or small you should always check with your local rescues or SPCA. You can find rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, hamsters, birds, and reptiles along with larger barn animals and of course cats and dogs. If you support an unwanted pet it will bring extra meaning to the adoption. These two donkeys came from the SPCA for Monterey County and couldn’t be more popular.

SZ Wrangler

SZ Reporter of All Things Animals

Meet Maleah, our new SZ Reporter who will be bringing you stories and photos of everything new and exciting that’s happening at the barn. She has been volunteering at the ranch for a few years and is one of the hardest working teenagers we know. She loves all things animals and the ranch lifestyle so we are the perfect fix for making a boring weekend fun and exciting. ;) You will see her stories on Facebook, Instagram, our blog posts, and this up-to-date SZ Rescue Mission webpage. Stay tuned for more stories about our rescue and rehabilitation mission coming soon.


Meet the Bar SZ Horses...

The Bar SZ stable has a horse for every rider.  Whether you love loping down the trail, jumping, or just want to walk along the countryside, our trail boss will find you the perfect match.  Many visitors come back time and time again, some enjoy the partnership they build with their horses and request them again.  Others start with, let's say, a 'slower' type of horse and gradually work their way up to a more 'energetic' horse.

And Our amazing Trainer Michelle

Michelle has a long history of working with horses which goes all the way back to her childhood.  She first began riding when she was 6 years old and her passion for animals led her to become a riding instructor at the young age of 13.  She rode horses in both 4-H and the United States Pony Club and was fortunate enough to train with many professionals in English and Western riding.  Michelle attended both Clemson University and Cal Poly SLO where she showed horses and earned her degree in Animal Science with graduate work in Agricultural Education.  After college, Michelle was certified through Equine Growth and Learning Association (EGALA) where she worked as an Equine Specialist in therapy sessions with at risk youth and families. 

Michelle is officially a level four instructor with the Certified Horsemanship Association.  She is qualified to improve the performance of advanced riders and their horses which includes jumping courses, dressage movements, reining, and other performance events. 

Michelle is teaching all three of her children how to ride and compete, as well as a countless number of other kids.  Managing the Bar SZ Ranch and teaching riding lessons is a dream come true for her.


The descriptions below have horseshoes next to the horse's name.  The more shoes, the more experience a rider will need.  But, don't worry, if we feel you and your horse aren't the perfect match, we will find you another.


Ω - Suitable for everyone

Duce is a very sweet and extremely mellow horse.  He is 14 years old and 15 hands high.  He loves trail rides and is great for building confidence with any new rider. 



ΩΩ - Some riding experience is good

Bailey is a ranch favorite!  At 18 yrs old and 15 hands high she is extremely safe yet very energetic.  Bailey is perfect for the confident beginner as well as the advanced rider.  When not on the trails Bailey can be found in the show ring performing everything from English hunter jumpers to dressage to Western pleasure, reining and cattle sorting.  This mare does it all!  If you are planning on taking a riding lesson, Bailey can help you learn almost any equine discipline.



ΩΩ - Some riding experience is good

Scout is easy going and extremely smooth, he is a perfect horse to learn on.  Scout is a well trained rope horse for those looking to challenge their roping skills.



ΩΩΩΩ - Advanced riders only

This 14 year old Appaloosa gelding is athletic and energetic.  He is best suited for those who can handle his spirit.  When properly handled he enjoys both the arena and the trails.



ΩΩΩ - For the more experienced rider

Don't let this girl's age fool you!  Mattie is a retired barrel racing horse.  She was VERY fast when she was younger and even won money as a professional.  At 28 years old this beautiful bay horse can still move.  Mattie is very responsive and is perfect for the more advanced rider.



Ω - Suitable for everyone

Paloma is our gorgeous Palomino mare.  Everyone looks great on her and she is perfect for kids because she is so mellow.  Paloma has lived on the Bar SZ for quite some time and at age 17 she knows her way around the ranch.



ΩΩ - Some riding experience is good

Willie is our baby horse who loves being with people.  This year Willie will learn to carry a saddle, but mostly he will be found out in the pasture spending his time growing and maturing.

Update: Willie is no longer the baby of the ranch, he is well trained and ready to ride.



Ω - Suitable for everyone

Midnight is a 32 year old black Chincoteague Island pony.  These ponies must swim a mile and a half to get off their island.  Midnight loves to ride in English rigging.  He can be spunky at times, but knows how to take care of his riders.  Midnight is great with kids and perfect for taking a jumping lesson.



Ω - Suitable for everyone

Nemo is an orange and white paint pony.  He is only 4 years old, but has made a name for himself around the ranch because he gives such great pony rides.  This little guy got his name because when he is out in the tall pastures you need to look close to find him...finding Nemo.