Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains of Southern Alberta, OU Ranch strives to raise the very best cutting, working cow horse and ranch horse prospects. Initially based out of Salt Coat, Saskatchewan, for Doug and Jackie Hines, breeding horses started as a hobby in 1976 and became an official passion in 1982. The OU Ranch mission statement was a simple one, and one that remains true today: "Raise good horses."
The OU brand doesn't have a hidden meaning, but it does have a history originating in the early 1900's. The "quarter circle OU" cattle brand was gifted to Doug's father by Frank Burns of Marwayne, AB, who later passed it down to Doug for his cattle operation. Wanting to retain its history, Doug later registered the "O over U" brand for his horses.