Location: Bristow, Okla.
Owner: Mike Hauck
History: Mike Hauck started Red Ryder Ranch in 1991 in his native California.
“I was selling horses, tack and little odds and end stuff,” Mike said. “When we moved here in 2006, we kept trading horses, but I decided to do a full-time tack shop only as I got older.”
Products and Services: Red Ryder has more than 100 saddles and thousands of other tack or horse-related items.
“About 99 percent of my inventory is new items,” Mike said. “We have from A to Z in saddles and tack; if I don’t have it, I can get whatever they need. We also have shampoos and conditioners for horses, sheep, goats, whatever. I don’t carry one bit; I will have 10 of each.”
Red Ryder Ranch also offers online sales with nationwide shipping, accepts trade-ins, and offers a layaway program Mike also does repairs and offers a special on cleaning, oiling and conditioning of saddles.
Red Ryder Ranch also has stalling and boarding available for those looking for a stopping point when traveling with their horses. Emergency boarding is also available to travelers who may have issues on the road.
In addition to his tack shop, Mike, an auto mechanic for 20 years, also offers automotive, trailer and heavy equipment repairs.
“When it’s slow in the tack business, it gives me something to do to keep busy,” Mike said. He also carries some electrical parts for tailers.
What to get hitched? Mike at Red Ryder Ranch is an ordained minister and can officiate weddings at the ranch.
“I’m also a Notary,” he said with a laugh. “Whatever you need, I can handle it. I’m like Mr. Haney from Green Acres.”
Business Philosophy: At Red Ryder Ranch, Mike likes to keep his approach to customers simple and offer the highest quality products and services at an affordable price.
Future Plans: Mike said an expansion of the tack store was recently completed, so it doesn’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.
“I’m just going to keep doing it,” he said.