We have been very selective and purchased quarter horse
with conformation, soundness and great attitudes
at the top of the list of requirements. These horses carry
proven successful bloodlines in cutting, reining, roping, and working. You'll
find multi-generation ownership here...when we find a horse we love, we
will try to keep that horse's bloodlines within our herd. We have multiple
generations of a couple of our lines right here, and we plan to keep it
that way. Over time, we'll see more and more of that. But we can't keep
them ALL, so we do offer even some of the best for sale.
When we can't rasie
what we want, we work hard to buy it. For example,
Rawhide Whiz (one of our
junior stallions) is simply the best-bred performance grullo we've ever
seen. We didn't buy him for his color! And we didn't buy or
keep our other breeding stock for the color. It is the overall
picture of conformation, disposition, pedigree, and color that we evaluate
in all of our horses.
Our foals are raised
in a family atmosphere, in pastures with green grass and room to run.
We don't push our babies to grow by feeding a lot of grain, as our goal is
to produce sound horses for life. We select and breed our horses to
have correct legs and good hooves to ensure that our foals will follow
Check out our mare
herd. You'll notice correct legs and strong hooves holding up those
gorgeous horses. As a former farrier, Toni "has a thing" about correct
legs, and that shows through in our program.
Add color in that mix, and we can
make about any cowboy or cowgirl happy! Our stallions are chosen
for their dispositions, conformation, and breeding out of a LARGE pool of
colored candidates. I can assure you that I need to buy a new chair
because this one is worn out from all the hours I spend researching
pedigrees, offspring reports, and contacting owners via the Internet! Speaking of color...What is a grullo
roan? See our late stallion's
page or his
page for several examples. Blue Yahooty Hancock (Hootie) produced a very high percentage of color for us,
including some grullo roans. You'll also find some nice educational
articles about color here.
We are honest people who care more about your happiness
than about making a buck. You'll find a lot of foals being sold based upon false claims
of certain color and conformation, but you won't hear that
from us. We will share flaws with you in addition to strengths
on any horse we sell. How many other breeders do that?
We disclose what we know about all of our horses
for sale. If a mare has ever been a kicker at the feed bunk, we'll tell you
that. If a horse is hard to catch, we'll tell you that, too. You'll know
what the latest ultrasound results were, how a stallion behaves at breeding,
or anything else that you might want or need to know if you're considering
buying from us.
We also won't claim
that a stallion is always like a gelding to you, as some breeders will.
First of all, if a stallion does NOT act like a gelding when no mares are
around, you need to run the other way from that stallion. If a
breeder claims that his stallion acts like a gelding all the time...you
need to run from that breeder, who is most likely full of you know what.
Stallions are stallions...when no mares are around, they should act like
geldings. When mares are around (especially in-heat mares), they should
take notice. It is up to the handler/trainer to make sure that they
behave. If a stallion behaves with normal handling even when around mares,
then he has a disposition to be proud of. If he doesn't behave with proper
handling, his owner should not claim that he does behave.
I know of stallion
owners that have been hurt by their stallions (we're talking broken bones
and/or stitched up owners here!) that claim that their stallions have calm
dispositions and are easy to work with...scoring them a 3 out of 10 on a
disposition scale (3 being the calm end of the scale). What?
That's not honesty.
Ask us about
our stallions or visit their web pages...we'll
tell you what they're like from season to season.
This site was set up for you. We know that searching for and
finding the RIGHT horse is a time-consuming and energy-draining
endeavor. We want to give you information in an easy-to-find
manner to help your process go more smoothly, and ENOUGH information
to reduce your time spent trying to make decisions on horses.
There is no excuse
for accepting the status quo when it isn't perfect. We are always
trying to improve our horses, our care, our handling, and our program as a
whole. How? Well...we've followed all three of the methods of
learning below. We read. We observe. We learn by doing.
“There are three kinds of men.
The one that
learns by reading.
The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them
have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”