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GOLDENROD AND BUTTERCUP
Customers and perhaps horse folks in general love to know the history of a horse or as much as they can about one. Well, here is the history on these two gorgeous animals. An eighty year old man has had them as his personal horses since each of them was a yearling. Now this eighty year old man (81 in September, if ya want the exact details) is not just the previous owner. He is a man who has owned, bred and raised this Mountain Horse breed since he was a young man. To put it another way, he has owned, bred and raised this breed, long before there was even a registry of this remarkable breed in existence! Examples: Rocky Mountain Horse Association, founded 1986. Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association, founded 1989 and Kentucky Natural Gaited Horse Association, founded 2000. Another thing you may find interesting is that the folks that started and broke this breed to ride, drive and plow, did it in a different manner than you will find being done by the modern day, well known trainers like Clinton Anderson and Parelli. Finding no fault with anyone's method of starting horse, I can simply tell you that this Mountain Horse breed started by these old Appalachian Mountain folks, come out with the calmest, most gentle horses I have ever been around. Now when I found out that this gentlemen was putting up his personal horses for sale, I drove to his remote small farm and asked him if he was indeed selling his horses? "Yep, these is my last two" he said. Being in the business, I offered him a little less than what I heard he had been asking. His reply was, "Them's good horses, (pause) worth the money." What are you going to do if you don't have horses to fool with, I asked? "Got seven squirrel dogs and I'm just goin ta squirrel hunt!" Well, Goldenrod and Buttercup are now here with me at Twin Ponds Ranch in the good ol' Rocky Mountain west of New Mexico. I need a week or so to get them tuned back up but as far a gentle goes, if someone wants to give me enough money, I'll get on either one of them and ride them right up the median of Interstate I-25 to Denver tomorrow! That statement may give you an idea of their temperament! Them's good horses!!!!
This beautiful mare stands 14.2 hands high and is about as fat as her hide will hold her but Boy-O-Boy is she calm! I'd call her color, almost a chocolate palomino! Please read the paragraph above and look at the photos and videos I have posted. What a nice, nice horse!
"It certainly doesn't take a horse whisperer to see the
calmness in this beautiful buckskin mares eyes! Every time I
mention her name or see Buttercup, I call her Baby Doll or
Sweetheart! (Funny how the human brain works) I am not going
to price her at this moment but I can tell you that
temperament or disposition is by far the number one factor
in have an enjoyable and safe horse and Buttercup has that
kind of temperament/disposition!
July 23rd. I just got back from riding Buttercup the last four and a half hours. Manuel was on Gaupo and we rode up to the top of the mountain where four years ago the Forest Service cleared a spot for helicopters to land and let off fire fighters to fight a fire on the mountain. The climb from my ranch is over two thousand feet to an elevation of 9,000 feet. This girl was absolutely amazing! And, she is as sure footed as any horse I have ever been on. Leads or follows, makes no difference. Does NOT look at a thing! Ran into a neighbor lady on a 4-wheeler, jumped one buck deer and big flock of wild turkeys with their little poults running everywhere............no reaction what-so-ever! Girl, I must confess, you're givin
me a cardiac arrest!! Love her! If you look at the new
photos you'll see her sweaty dark color....this is a climb
but there is no quit in this girl. The only thing that this
darling girl needs is to get better on her
reining......(easy fix!) OK, I am going to price her at
$3,950. Won't take a penny less.........she is worth it!
"Perhaps the best way to learn about this outstanding gelding is to watch the four videos I have posted. I
continuously have folks write and say they need a horse that will stand to get on, as they have bad knees or back or are short or are
physically unable to mount easily. Well, buy Sutton and your problems are solved! Other folks e-mail me and say they have a bad back (probably
from riding non-gaited horses for years) and have to have
something smooth! Buy Sutton and your problem is solved!
Sutton is very muscular with wonderful athletic confirmation
and can easily carry a full size person plus. Sutton measure
a little over 14.3. Jet black in color even in the New
Mexico sun. Ground ties and gets along with other horses
extremely well. Perfect age, perfect size and as experienced
in the ways of the world. I call him Mr. Sutton!
Guapo is the Spanish word for handsome, in case you didn't already know. Guapo certainly didn't get his name by accident. Besides his stunning color and dark points, you will see a fleshy, almost stocky build for his breed, Mountain Horse. His gait is marvelous and so is his temperament. This guy is not at all spooky. Culverts, hikers, riding up to neighbors out in their yards are not a concern for Guapo. In my Real Life Training Program, I have gone off into the trees or forest and just stood there as Manuel rides Guapo up to me. In this type of exercise the objective is to have the horse see something that is out of place (me) and condition the horse to stop and identify without backing up or turning away. No surprise to me in the exercise Guapo did exactly as one would hope and that is...stop and look! When I identified myself by speaking he continued to walk right up to me. Guapo did this the first time without previous conditioning. This may give you some insight into his temperament. You'll also see where I rode a 4-wheeler right up behind him and then along side for some distance. Again, there was no conditioning to have him accept a noisy, moving machine. My prediction is that Guapo will someday soon move into the exceptional category. Guapo has a lot of life ahead of him and I don't believe horses make the exceptional category until they reach a few more birthdays and a few more miles. Until that time comes, I can tell you that this wonderful, handsome horse is safe, enjoyable, ready for a new home and hundreds of miles of trails!
Bandit is a handsome coming five year old Spotted Mountain Horse gelding. This boy bonds with his rider quickly and has wonderful ground manners. On the trail he doesn't bogger from a thing. Good or big bone structure making him capable of carrying a large person. Will walk slow, if a person is riding with a slower walking group or will get right up and lock into a nice smooth gait and go with a group that likes to move right along. Ride Bandit front, middle or back...very easy going on the trail! His color is a black & white tobiano with some unique spots of roan. As one can see from the photos and videos, Bandit is a real nice gelding that could be your next best friend for many years to come!
"I cannot honestly say the red
chestnut or sorrel is not my favorite color of horse,
however, when I look at Socks I can tell you he will stack
right up there in looks with any horse on this ranch or on
earth for that matter. Not only is Socks a beautiful horse
but he carries himself so magnificently! In the videos I
have posted you will Socks stand perfectly still to getting
on. You'll see him at a calm relaxed walk as well as a video
of him in a classic running walk. Also posted is Socks being
ridden right next to a 4-Wheeler. Socks is as good of horse
as you will ever find........soooooooo, take a plane or take
a train but passing on this nine year old fellow would be a
big mistake. I'll tell you another thing. Take Socks and
ride him in a new area he hasn't seen before and he'll act
like it is his home ground! Measuring just 15 hands you
probably guessed, as I did, that he was taller. Fat, slick,
shinny and ready for anybody that can ride even just a
Patchy is a sorrel and white paint or spotted gelding that is half
Trotter/half Quarterhorse. Aged 15, 15.3 hands. Patchy gaits!
Used extensively to trail ride and camp in the mountains. Duke is the handsome chestnut quarter horse. Ages are 15 &16. The folks that had Duke
and Patchy traded them in with me for two gaited geldings but were sad to see them move on and are hopefully someone will buy
them as a pair. I am going to offer these nice brothers at a very good or
below market value price.
"To say this horse is unique would be a true statement. To say this gelding is handsome, would be an understatement.
Of all of the horse I have owned and ridden, Sterling is one-of-a-kind or at very least, few models made like him. Charismatic may
well describe how he draws attention from everyone! A friendly soul that loves people and other horses...if he see you coming he
is there to put his nose on your cheek. A Mountain Horse breed and his beautiful head is a sure sign of his breeding. Watching
the four videos I have posted show his wonderful gait, long stride and his undeniable love to be on the trail. Not a plum
beginners horse but anyone who can ride can safely ride him. There is no spook, jump or silliness in the guys behavior at all. The
one thing I will point out is that Sterling will weave from side to side when put in a stall. In a pasture or turn out pen it is seldom
noticed. Because of that, I have him marked well below what he should be priced at. Friendly, lovable and social, with a desire
to do what he was bred to do.........ride!
Connie is a 10 year old Mountain Horse mare that is just fun, fun, fun to ride. I have posted three videos on this website. One video show Connie clipping right along through the trees and rocks...........bushwhacking! Another video shows her magnificent smooth gait. And the finally video shows her walking on a loose rein. I can tell you that Connie does not look at a thing. I can fly right up behind her on a 4-wheeler and she doesn't even look back! A pretty horse that I would call a black chocolate, not a bay. She glitters in the sun and I can't think of a sole who wouldn't be proud to ride her anywhere! I was fortunate to purchase her right and I am going to sell her right. OK, here ya go..................$2,500 and you have got a real good one.
PS.......buy her and then please send me a Christmas card and say thanks. Yep, you'll be pleased!
Maggie May is an 8 year old, 14.3 hand, strawberry roan Missouri Fox Trotter mare. Neck reins, backs, great whoa and she does a true Fox Trot. Very smooth, at different speeds. She will cross anything, and goes anywhere. Had farrier out tonight and she lifts her foot before farrier asks her to. Maggie May has been trail ridden all over the country and loves to be ridden, Big and stout mare that can easily carry a large person without having to mount a tall horse. Maggie May's former owner rode her bareback six days a week to go down and get the mail. What a stunning beautiful horse that one needs to see in person to really appreciate! What a ride!
"This beautiful mare is Sweet Adeline. (Her name fits her well!) Since I have owned her I have had several riders on her and every rider who gets on her can make her gait ultra smoothly! Yes, this Darling is one, if not they smoothest horses you, me or anyone else has ever been on. If you can show me a smoother one, I'll give her to ya! Not only is she smooth but Sweet Adeline can go from a slow gait to a faster gait and you will never feel her shift gears...the GLIDE RIDE!!! She stands well to get on and off....very well trained and no doubt knows when it is time to go to work. Never does Sweet Adeline get silly! Previously owned by a fourteen year old girl for three years that rode her everywhere. This young girl wanted to get into Barrel Racing and her parents told her she needed to get a started and accomplished barrel horse if she wanted to do that. Good advice and smart parents. So, Sweet Adeline became available and some lucky person is going to be fortunate to own a plum good one. You feeling lucky?"