Welcome to Rancho Santiago

Rancho Santiago is dedicated to the breeding, raising, and training of superior quality appaloosa riding, trail riding, show, rough country hunting mules, pack mules, talented teams of fine driving mules and the production of superior Catahoula hog hunting dogs. 

Our endeavors are in the memory of Dr. Jim's dad, Art Gamble, and his grandad, A. N. "Ott" Gamble. Rancho Santiago raises Appaloosa mules & Catahoula hog dogs. However we work with all colors of mules because "a good mule (or Catahoula dog) is never a bad color".   

     

   Top Quality Catahoula Dogs, as well as the best of riding & driving mules are a Speciality of Rancho Santiago

 

Location of Rancho Santiago

 Our ranch is located 9 miles north of Dickens,Texas

which is 70 miles east Lubbock, TX on highway 82.

 We are situated in the heart land of Texas historic ranching country located between the Spur Ranch on the West, the Matador Ranch on the North, and the Pitchfork Ranch and the 6666's Ranch located East of our place in the sun.

 Directions to ranch / contatact phone numbers provied on request. 

 

 
 

 

Rancho Santiago is also a leader in the breeding, production, training, and selling of top of the line Catahoula hog hunting and cattle dogs or puppies. Our Catahoulas are from a seven generation line of foundation bred quality working Catahoulas that are excellent hog hunting, cattle herding, barn & companion dogs for the family.                  

 

Rancho Santiago Special Mule Locator Service for Exceptional                                                                Mules

for special needs folks,

beginning riders,

children, 

older riders returning to riding,

hunters, 

packing,

search & rescue,

parade,

driving singles & teams,

& show mules.

for special needs folks,

beginning riders,

children, 

older riders returning to riding,

hunters, 

packing,

search & rescue,

parade,

driving singles & teams,

& show mules.

 Rancho Santiago also locates and acquires exceptional tried and true top of the line mules requested by our clients.  We are often the first contact made by a mule owner's family in times of crisis and distress due to the illness or death of their mule rider. The money helps out the people in a time of loss and financial crisis plus places grandpa's mule buddy in a good home. These type of mules are rarely for sale. Usually we have known, hunted or cowboyed with the owner and their mule for many years.  We honor thier trust in finding the right people for the right mule.

   

Special Rancho Santiago special mule for a special man. 

This mule had never seen a wheel chair in her life. We turned her loose in the pen and she walked straight over to this young man. 

After ear & head rubbing  our mule laid her head on his chest.  INSTANT BONDING! 

Our visitor from Arizona trail rides and hunts elk from his special saddle on his Rancho Santiago mule..

 

 

This young mule rider's face tells the full story about Rancho Santiago's select mules for children and other individual special needs as he rides his new mule "Buster" through difficult obstacles.

 

   
   

 

We became interested in quality mules and Percheron draft horses listening to granddad A.N. "Ott" Gamble relate stories of trading and selling train carloads of mules and draft horses to farmers in East Texas. Granddad, at 13 years of age, drove freight wagons from Floydada, Texas, a 210 mile round trip, to Amarillo, Texas and back by himself to get supplies to restock the family store. "Ott" drove a span of mules pulling 2 wagons hooked in tandem using a "yeah" line as he rode a mule beside the harnessed mules.  Granddad would camp out at night alone with the mules on the wild Texas plains.

As a child, Jim Gamble (picture right) would ride mules in the New Mexico mountains. Maria Gamble had her encounters with mules in central Mexico.

Our mule stock is raised gentle, out of top quality quality Appaloosa mares, and sired by a large standard Jack - selected for his ability to produce mules with exceptionally refined quality heads.

 
 

  

 

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