The Elkhorn Ranch herd of around 120 saddle horses, breeding stock and colts graze in large pastures surrounding the ranch headquarters. They are raised here or brought to the ranch as young horses. Elkhorn horses learn to move and live in the rough country of the Baboquivari Mountains. They become sure-footed and strong.
Cross-bred horses have been raised at the ranch for many years. A Thoroughbred-Percheron cross stallion is crossed with quarter horse type mares — a warm blood type cross. Draft cross horses were bred in the early 1900s for the US Cavalry Remount Program. Today this cross is often used for show-jumping and three day eventing, and riding at Elkhorn Ranch. They have a sound mind and good strong bones combined with athletic ability. All Elkhorn saddle horses are owned by the ranch and live here year round.