In horse training and wilderness expeditions there are often a lot of ways to get the same thing accomplished, but in both endeavors it is crucial to get the right thing accomplished. The results of wrong decisions can be quite devastating.
My major concern for horses is that they be safe. There are many variables that affect that. The temperament of the horse, the experience and training of the horse, the temperament and training of the rider, the kind of uses one has for a horse, and perhaps many others.
I list a price with each horse to help set the stage for discussion.
Can one buy cheaper horses? Absolutely.
Can one buy horses this good? Maybe.
Can one buy horses this good cheaper? Perhaps.
It can happen if you get lucky. We have all heard of the person who bought a tremendous horse for the equivalent of a ton of hay. It can happen. On the other hand, I have personally seen and ridden with a host of people who really have the “wrong” horse for them or for the job asked of it. Many look at “price” as the determining factor, but fail to factor in the years of use and service, and the pain or pleasure of loading, shoeing, catching, bucking, raring, biting, charging, crowding, fleeing, shying, etc.
In my earlier years I learned as many, perhaps most, do that you simply have to be the “big dog” or “cowboy” and “git ‘er dun.” I have seen horses whipped, beaten, spurred, drugged, blindfolded, hobbled, tied, and thrown, in order to ride, pack, trailer, shoe, or whatever. It just does not produce a safe or confident horse. None of the stock I have raised has had those kinds of experiences. It shows, and it pays!! My horses are willing to respond to a very light touch typically, and will do whatever is needed with a little time and training.
My experience in getting cheaper horses, which is the kind I used to acquire, is that they take a lot more work and are not nearly as safe or temperamentally sound, and often have to be taken to a “trainer” to get rid of bad habits. At the end of the day a “cheaper” horse is generally not. It really is the old “you get what you pay for” or “pay me now or pay me later” scenario. And, how many potential riders (kids, spouses, friends, relatives, etc.) have had a “bad” experience on a horse that has ruined them for life from the blessing and enjoyment of riding a good horse, to say nothing of having been just plain “ruined” or injured? If a spouse or youngster has a GREAT experience on a horse, they can be riders and horse lovers for life.
If you want good horses that will perform well, and by temperament, breeding, and training be quiet, tractable, steady, and safe, you can’t go wrong here. And I will take the time to help you get comfortable with them before and after the sale. I will do all I can to help “train” both horse and rider so that it is a genuinely good fit.
Many of these pictures were taken in early April 2007, so all of the horses look shaggy due to shedding their winter coats. Also the camera was a little fuzzy on some, which we must address, but we wanted to get the site updated as soon as possible. We will try to update the photos later in the summer when they are looking finer and flashier. (And with a better camera!) It won’t change the horse, but it will change the “perception.” Also several of the younger horses are currently being trained, so that by mid May the two year olds should have been lightly ridden, and by July should have wilderness light packing and trail experience.