Traveler's Morning Star (MFT)
Star is a very special boy to our family, born in 2001. We raised him from a young colt, and he was Alma's personal riding & hunting horse for many years. He is now one of our cherished ol' reliable horses for our young boys to ride, and is still gorgeous as ever!
He is 15.2 hands, stocky built and powerful! Even in his old age, he has excellent endurance for his breed.
He has carried us and our kids on many, many beautiful mountain rides and will always have a home here with us!
Rawhide's Rowdy Comet (SF)
Comet is a 2011 model, gorgeous 15.1 hand bay Single-Footing gelding (a grandson of famous Rowdy Rawhide) that is gentle, smooth, fast, and fun to ride anywhere by anyone...just that "perfect horse" everyone wants! He neck reins, is calm for shooting guns off his back, gaits smoothly at any speed from 2mph-25mph on verbal que, and is simply a wonderful riding horse! He is one of our horses that we ride all the time, so he's not for sale. Sorry! :( This is an example of what can be produced by crossing a trotting Standardbred Stallion, like Bad Cat, on MFT, SSH, TWH, SHOBA, RHBAA, RMH, Pasos & any other smoothly gaited mares!
Noble Manner (STB)
Noble is a 2013, 17.1 hand, trotting-bred Standardbred gelding, son of famous racing stallion, Donato Hanover. He is a nice buggy and riding horse. He can gait smooth as a bicycle on pavement up the trails and even through the rough country. His power is exhilarating to feel! He was broke to drive and raced chariots. His gentle personality made him less than desirable for the race track, but exceptional as a trail horse! He gaits smoothly, like a good quality Tennessee Walker, Foxtrotter, etc. at a flat walk and run walk, then he also has the awesome speed gaits of a rack and single-foot, going up to & past 30mph! His endurance and athletic ability is amazing. He can carry 400lbs over the mountains all day. He is surefooted, non-spooky, magnificent, gentle and a really wonderful riding horse! He can walk slow with non gaited folks or gait along with galloping thoroughbreds & out distance most other horses. He's a thrilling ride, with the combination of gentleness, power, speed!
The Preacher (SF)
Preacher is a 2017 son of Reverand Homer and out of a singlefooting daughter of Rowdy Rawhide's Rocket! He's currently 15.1 and still growing. He's had a bunch of training and is a nice horse, and we'll be training him next to do the gaits he was bred for, so he can be a happy boy flyin' over the mountains and deserts with us! We are very excited to own this sweet fellow and will be posting pics & videos of him as he's trained this summer. Until then, enjoy his sire's and grandsire's videos below & pics above.
Rock's Easter Spirit (SF)
Spirit is an absolutely stunning bay dun colt out of the amazing speed stallion Rowdy Rawhide's Rock and a big beautiful red dun gaited MFT Southern Sunrise grandaughter, "Dun Prayin' By Sunrise". He was born on Easter Morning (April 1) 2018. This guy is extremely gentle & bred for smooth gaitin' speed. We'll start posting vides soon, as he's being trained now.
Below is a little snippet showing his natural gait! We're excited to watch him develop to his fullest potential.
In Loving Memory
Phoenix Rising (2011-2021)
Phoenix was a 15.3 hand trotting-bred Standardbred gelding, son of the famous racing stallion "Prayer I Am". He was purchased as an ex-race horse, and arrived at our place with numerous issues that made me wonder if he would ever amount to anything. He was wild, scared, jumpy, lacked any trust of people, and couldn't do the gaits he was bred for worth beans. We was stiff and hard mouthed and hard headed. I said we should just sell him for dog food before we waste any more money on the hay to feed him, as he was likely to never be a safe horse, and we made a mistake buying him. But my sweet wife, Heather, spent the next two years teaching him to trust people, relax and be ridden safely. She spent numerous hours teaching him to be soft, supple, responsive and respectful...and confident. Then she started hounding me with wild ideas that I should take him over and telling me I'd love him. I respect her opinions, but thought she'd lost her mind. One day she finally talked me into riding him, although not known to her I only gave in to get her to quit asking me to give him a try. I didn't think it hardly possible that such a nut case of a horse could be changed into anything of value. Boy was I wrong! I have trained several hundred horses, worked with thousands in my gaited horse clinics and raised many wonderful horses throughout my life. Phoenix quickly became one of my favorites, and within the next year I grew to love him as much as any animal I've ever known. He was the most obedient, in-tune with my every thought, high energy but focused on pleasing me horse I've ever ridden. He was an incredible athlete! He had more endurance than any other horse I've ever ridden and I always wore out before him, no matter how far we went. I could jump on him and with my saddle, gear etc. he'd carry over 300 pounds at 10-20mph for 20-30 miles without ever wanting a break! He did all this through any terrain, surefooted and agile as a deer in the hills, up an down the mountains and always trying to please me. I was often tempted to endurance race with him, as I'd read the winning times and compare them to my gps logs, and knew I could beat almost every record I found, but my interest was in the joyful solitude of riding the wild lands with my family and my horse. He became the most trustworthy animal I've ever been on in rigorous, dangerous places and was totally non-spooky, very obedient and just more fun to ride than I can put into words! I can say that I've never ridden a more smoothly gaited, well mannered, gentle natured, high energy, endless endurance, amazing animal in all my life. In addition to all this, he and I developed a bond...a friendship that is hard to put into words. He knew my thoughts, and often did what I wanted before I gave him the ques to. He'd leave his horse buddies to run up to me from the field. He could race like the wind, so full of energy and excitement, and the next minute when I stopped to enjoy the scenery, he'd lay his head on my shoulder and shut his eyes as I stroked his forehead. The day he died, we were not even on a hard ride, but just going along having fun and I felt his energy drop, like a deflating balloon. I stopped him to let him rest and told my wife, "Wow, Phoenix wants to stop and rest!" This had never happened before and he'd only stop when I told him to... We waited for him to be ready to go again, but he just kept breathing harder and harder and sweating more and more...and never recovered, then lay down to die. I don't know what organ failed and killed him, but the day of his death was a heartbreaker for me. I loved the miles we spent together and the friendship we shared. Phoenix has been one of the best experiences of my life...and I'll love him forever. If we can be with our special animals in Heaven, I look forward to once again sitting in the saddle and racing through the pines and cresting the mighty mountain peaks together!