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only a promise, itís a tradition!
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medication on the market.)
"You are probably asking why the folks
that previously owned Apple Jack would let him get away.
Well, the truth is, he just about didn't get let go. My
friend and long time associate heard that Apple Jack may be
up for sale soon because of some domestic issues. My friend
and associate had known Apple Jack for many years and had
seen him many times in local parades and been on trail rides
with him and his owner before. When asked if the owners
would consider selling him the answer was, "might", and if
so, it would be for X dollars and no less. I went and saw
Apple Jack being ridden and spent enough time with him to
know his temperament. Pondered the opportunity for several
days, then told my associate to go ahead and offer their
asking price. The reply was gotta pray on it for a few days
and that is exactly what we let the folks do. Never called
back but rather let the owners make up their minds at their
Apple Jack is at Twin Ponds Ranch now and he has seen the
trails around the ranch and he rides like this has been his
home his whole life. Now 14 years of age he is as fit and
healthy as he ever was and I don't see any reason he won't
continue to be for many, many more. This breed of horse
often live well into their thirties. I wouldn't hesitate
taking this guy out on a week long pack trip in the
mountains......he is what you want to be on. Stocky and
muscular with great gaits. Easy to handle and be
around......anybody can ride him! Look at the videos and
photos and then you tell me.........handsome?
Before closing, allow me to recite a story about Apple Jack
that was told to me and I am sure it is true. Apple Jack
being know far and wide as the beautiful, well-minded trail
horse, got some jealous persons to come to Apple Jack's barn
while the owner was working and cut off his tail clear up to
the bone. Now that was several years ago and Apple Jack's
tail is fully grown out now. But the previous owner said he
was sure glad that he never found out who did the tail
cutting. Guess we can all figure out what that means!"
"Good Times, these are the good times. Leave your troubles
all behind when you buy yourself this Good Times. Yes, this
is a horse named for what he will deliver........ good
times. Solid as a rock, very smooth gaited and he don't look
at a thing. Calm, tie him to a hitch rail and he won't paw
or get upset...... in most cases he'll fall asleep. Stands
well getting on and off and is used to being mounted from a
mounting block. Good Times color in his winter coat is, as
you can see, a light yellow. In one of the photos I have
posted of Good Times you'll see his gold summer coat color
coming in around his eyes. Full bushy white tail touches the
ground and his mane is 20" long! I'm a not trying to sell but just saying by middle of April you will be viewing
a gold with white mane/tail palomino. If you come and see
this fine, fine animal, you will be drawn to him instantly.
A rumor has it that it is getting late, time marches
on....why hesitate. Have yourself Good Times!"
"Here's another "OMG"
horse from Trail Horses of the West! Look at this
beauty! Talk about turning some heads......goodness!
Well, I can tell you she rides as good as she looks.
As you can plainly see, she is put together very
well and certainly healthy/sound. Standing 15.1+
hands high, Buttercup is capable of hauling a larger
person up any mountain but not so tall ya can't get
on her. Very graceful for an animal her size. She'll
bond with you quickly and is great with other
horses........ easy to catch too.
What I have written prior to this sentence was
posted on my website a year ago. A month or so after
I posted Buttercup on my website she was sold to a
gentlemen from Southern New Mexico who was a very
highly skilled horsemen and easily fit into the
category as an expert rider! In January of this year
this gentlemen phoned me to say he has to have his
leg amputated. Could I take Buttercup and sell her
for him was the next question. When I sold Buttercup
last summer she left here an excellent horse and I
can assure you she returned as even a better horse
because of the man who owned her during that time.
Come and throw a leg over Buttercup.......you'll
like her too!
"Royal Traveler is his name. We just
call him RT. Not many of these models made and darn few, if
any, can be found for sale at any price. Yes, his eyes are
perfect and as you can see from the videos, so is his gaits!
Wow!! Now eleven years old and a one owner since he was one
year old. Lady who owned him couldn't ride anymore and her
son in Ohio said he'd love to have RT but we offered more to
get him and did. Your gain. So now looking for his second
home. When you watch the videos you will notice RT tucks
his head and then carries his beautiful light yellow colored
tail in a "Hey look at me" manner. Any horse person that
knows horses can immediately tell this RT boy is very
experienced and knows his stuff. Today we put a guest rider
on him and he was sensational enough the gal wanted to cash
in her college fund and buy him. Royal Traveler has pretty
good bone but is also not a wide body type horse. You don't
have to do the splits on RT not do you have to endure the
bumps and bounces of some that many horses have. Did I
mention his forelock is snow white and ya put that against
his dark chocolate body and you have one head turning mount!
At 15.3 you won't find very many Rocky Mountains that stand
that tall. A meet-you-at-the-gate personality. I like this
guy and you will too!"
"If you could paint me a
Birmingham.... Make him look just the way I plan....A
handsome horse on the edge of town.......Tail touching near
the ground. Just where in the picture would you like to be?
It doesn't take a person with a great eye for a horse to
realize what is standing in front of you in these photos.
I'll post more soon but in the mean time you may want to be
thinking of owning a Birmingham.
"Oh my goodness!! Is he for real? Well, the answer is yes
and believe me Cecil is as calm and gentle as he looks in
the videos. This fine gelding has been rode in many, many
trail rides and absolutely doesn't have a bit of trouble
being ridden in front, middle or back. Cecil's color is very
unique and a color that I have only seen a few times before.
He is an amber champagne with white spots. Or if you wish
you can call him a amber champagne paint. Gaited of course
and as one can plainly see in videos.....perfect gaits 100%
of the time. Cecil is so sweet and easy to be around. Have
your morning coffee with him and tell him your life
story....he'll stand right there and listen. If I could find
a hundred more like Cecil I'd mortgage my ranch to buy them.
Cecil has got it all!"
"This is a very unique mare in many
ways. One of Ginger's uniqueness is her color. Rather than
try and describe her color, I'll refer you to her photos and
videos I have posted. What I can tell you is how Ginger came
upon her unique beautiful color. Her mother was a chocolate
Rocky Mountain Horse. Her Dad was a Spotted Mountain Horse
who was homozygous, which means the spotted sire will always
throw a spotted or paint colored foal. Allow me to say once
again that the Rocky Mountain, Kentucky Mountain, Mountain
Pleasure and the Spotted Mountain Horse, is all one breed,
just different registries! No, the folks who bred Ginger did
not apply for registration papers and I am not aware that
she could be registered in any association at this point.
Wanting a brood mare to raise registered foals?.......Ginger
is not your girl. Wanting a top-of-the-line trail and
pleasure horse..................you won't find a better one
or a smoother one! As with all of our horses, it is best to
come to Twin Ponds Ranch (see our new barn sign) and ride
with my staff out on the trails in the surrounding
mountains. If you will come and do that, I will guarantee
you will be seriously considering Ginger. Please watch all
of the videos. Isn't Ginger the horse you always wanted?"
"If you have followed my website for some time now, you may
have read about a long time friend of mine that will ride
and train a horse for a year or so and than call me when he
thinks the horse is ready for my clientele. Well, few weeks
ago I went to my friends place to see him and a horse he had
been riding named Buddy. As my friend was about to step up
in the saddle, he got faint and had to sit down. The long
and the short of this story is my friend had to be taken to
the hospital, spend a night, then was released to go home.
The effects of Agent Orange from his military days and
thirty plus years working for the railroad have taken there
toll. It is sad to report that Buddy will be the last horse
he will ever ride and I will ever buy from my friend. Horse
trailer, saddle and tack are all up for sale now.
Now let's talk about Buddy. Buddy is coming five years old
and he is about 14.3 hands high and a Rocky/Kentucky
Mountain breed. Buddy will come to your side and be your
best friend or buddy! Over the past year Buddy has been
ridden into town and tied to a light pole while his rider
went into a restaurant for coffee. Buddy has been ridden in
an area I can only describe as rural suburbia with much
traffic and barking dogs to content with. Very naturally
gaited. Just a sweetheart of a horse. Well, here is another
I'll be proud to sell and one you will be proud to owe. Your
"Rambo is another friendly soul that
will greet you at the gate. Good stout build, ideal for a
big rider but he'll carry any size person who can climb up
on his 15.1 hands high body. I think Rambo is a very
handsome horse....bay in color with unique white forehead
markings. Rambo takes a short stride and delivers a smooth
walk as well as a very comfortable gait. Calm horse...solid
on the trail or around traffic/congested areas. Here is
another fellow I'd take to the mountains any time. Fill up
your saddle bags, strap on a bed roll and go! Rambo can care
it all and get you there in comfort and safely!
"I am going to price this fine mare
way under what she is worth and someone is going to get a
heck of a horse at a heck of a price. This nice gal is
Generating Hi Beams and she is a registered Tennessee Walker
#20507365. If you know Tennessee Walking Horse breeding and
bloodlines, you'll see a very impressive pedigree. Calm,
gentle and likes people. I have posted two videos of
Generating Hi Beams ultra smooth gaits. Like sitting in your
living room easy chair! I bought her right and I am going to
sell her right!!.............$3,200!"
"Arguably one of the most famous Tennessee Walkers of all
time is, The Pusher CG, the 1981 World Grand Champion and a horse
that not only the show people wanted to breed to and own an offspring from but pleasure folks did as well. Now you
look at Pusher's Precious Secret and ya gotta say, Wow! I
don't know how I've been so lucky to have this fine animal
standing in my pasture but let me tell you it is a thrill!
You don't need to know much about horses or any animal for
that matter to know when you are around Pusher's Precious
Secret, that he is so well trained and has seen it all. The
story goes the PPS was purchased in his early years for a
sum upwards of $25,000. PPS was shown in Pleasure Class
shows all over Kentucky and accumulated a room full of blue
ribbons. He has also ridden in dozens of parades and many,
many trail rides. Now at 15 years of age his marketable
worth is less but keep in mind he still has many years ahead
as a wonderful pleasure horse. In fact, his riding life
maybe equal to many of our customers. Buy PPS and the two of
you may hold one retirement party together.
"Nothing but blue sky. That may be what others will be
saying when they are introduced to this boy! Like there are
no other horses around but Blue Sky! This horse we simply
call Sky is just a plum dandy. If there is something he does
that you wouldn't or don't like, I'd be surprised. I can
tell you frankly, that he does everything we want him to do
and he does it so easily. I promise you he won't give you a
bit of lip. Fun to ride? Oh My Goodness! Pleasing to the eye
as Sky picks up his front feet in his gaits.....so very
stylish! Last summer the gentlemen who previously owned Sky
allowed his brother to take Sky on a two week camping and
trail ride in the Shawnee National Forest which is located
in southern Illinois and is a very popular spot for avid
trail riders. This gentlemen told me that this horse never
made one mistake on his two week vacation with Sky. (Guess
that answers the question, has he ever camped?) I had my
associates ride Sky many times before I moved him to Twin
Ponds Ranch and two days after he got here, I had my ranch
staff ride him and all my staff could say to me was Sky is
absolutely marvelous, rock solid and ready to go. "Ya need
to ask a lot for this one boss!" is one comment you probably
don't want to hear! Well, you can come and buy Sky or a
number of other great horses that I currently have here at
my ranch in New Mexico. Or you can do as others have done
and travel all over the United States looking at horses and
winding up with one that is half the horse and twice the
acquisition cost, as the horses we have here for sale. As
the old actor Walter Brennan used to say in one of his
western movies, "No brag, just fact!"
" Eleven years old with a whole head full of sense.
Experienced trail horse who was with one owner for last six
years. He is a pasture mate to Gus who will be on our site
shortly too! Very handsome and an excellent and stylish way
of traveling. (See videos) McCall has one dark eye and one
blue eye, which of course is common in in paint/spotted
horses. Blue eyes or eye certainly doesn't bother me one
bit, it is what is between the ears that matter and this
McCall boy has the temperament ya want going down the trail.
Vision is 100%. Perfect four beat gait. Easy, easy to get
"WELL HELLO DOLLY!! Yes indeed, this
beautiful mare is Dolly. Eight year old Missouri Fox Trotter
and a darn good one at that. As I have already said, Dolly
is beautiful with her winter hair coming in with dapples.
Dark dappled buckskin with the perfect black points! How can
you beat that? Trail horse supreme. Please watch the videos
posted of Dolly in some steep terrain. Now in a few of the
videos, it may not look as steep as it really was but
believe me we have put Dolly to the test. Friendly horse and
willing to be someone's trusted companion. I bought her
right and I am going to offer her more than
right........$4,800 and you got yourself one very good and
very gorgeous trail/pleasure horse!"
"This is Denniston Star.. This is a real Star, with movie star looks and a body to go with! When you ride Star, you will get compliments galore! A real looker and a fantastic go-down-the-trail with no drama mare. A couple of photos are of a guest riding Star around the ranch. And another photo is our staff rider Joaquin on top of Star at over 9,000 feet elevation and during a five hour ride! I was personally leading this ride and I will tell you the three horses we rode that day, Star, Dolly and Tom Petty were just superb! The ride we took was far more challenging than most trail riders will ever attempt. This Star mare is absolutely solid!! If ya can climb up in the saddle you can ride her too! A big stout Rocky Mountain mare with glowing flaxen mane and tail! Come to Twin Ponds Ranch and ride her, put her to any test you wish, you'll plain love her!"
" Perhaps one of the best songs ever written and preformed
by the legendary Bob Seger is "Like A Rock". When I think of
Gambler the modified "Like A Rock" lyrics come into my head.
Like a rock, he was strong as he could be
Like a rock, nothin', ever got to he
Like a rock, surely something to see
Like a rock
If you have followed our website or spoken to me in person,
you will know that I have often said if you have the right
temperament in a horse, you pretty much have it all. There
is no doubt Gambler has that wonderful temperament. The
other day I pulled our ATV feed wagon into the larger
turn-out pen and before I could close the gate Gambler
walked out and started grazing on the fresh green grass
outside. After I spread the hay and drove back out, I walked
up to Gambler, wrapped my arms around his neck and lead him
back into his turn out pen. Now 9 out of 10 horses would
have taken advantage of their freedom and green grass and
been one heck of a challenge to catch. Isn't it enjoyable to
be around another person, a dog or a horse that is just easy
to get along with? No stress, No Drama! Now Gambler is not a
lit-up, chromed-up or glittery horse. Got lots of those
horses to show you too, but ya got to pay a lot more for
them as well. As far as riding, and going out and having fun
on horseback, Gambler is all you need. Need a guest
horse....Gambler would be perfect! Dads horse to go hunting
with, Mon's horse to go riding with friends, or a horse kids
can learn to ride on and be as safe as you can get........ya
got him right here...........Gambler! Bareback or with
saddle, Gambler is cool with it all!"
"Rawls spent most of his life on a cattle ranch in Arkansas.
He has been on many a trail and pleasure rides but for the
biggest part of his life he was a working cattle or ranch
horse. Now some misinformed individuals think the modern day
Quarter Horse breed is the only horse that will work cattle
effectively. In Australia, the Australian Stock Horse is the
breed of choice. In South America, Peruvian Paso and Paso
Finos are the cattle/ranch horses used. In the State of
Missouri which ranks fifth in cattle production, a Fox
Trotter is commonly used for working cattle, as they are in
the State of Arkansas as well. Indeed, one breed doesn't own
the cattle horse world! Whether you are on the back of a
horse making a living, as I did for many years, or out
trail/pleasure riding and you turn an eye to the sky and see
a storm coming, it sure is nice to be on a horse like Rawls
that can get you back to trail head or home, quickly and
comfortably. I have always thought a bay-colored horse is
handsome and a look of class! You need to come ride Rawls
and put some more class in your barn!"
"Here is the story behind Ike. A little over two years ago I
posted a stunningly gorgeous black registered Tennessee
Walker by the name of In The Fast Lane. A lady phoned me
from Carlsbad, New Mexico and said that is her horse and
could I deliver. Shortly there after her husband got into
horses and purchased Ike. Now for the past two falls, In The
Fast Lane, Ike and their owners have been coming to Twin
Ponds Ranch for a weeks vacation and doing trail rides. At
the conclusion of this year's vacation, the husband noticed I
had another horse that looked very similar to In The Fast
Lane and asked if he could try him out. This horse, which by
the way wasn't even posted on my website, was a coal black
registered Tennessee Walker too! After a couple of rides and
trade was made and now Ike is for sale on my website.
Background on Ike is he is a double registered Paint and
Quarter Horse. I am told and I believe, at one time, a Pony
Horse at the Ruidoso Race Track. Ruidoso Race Track, if you
are not familiar, is the home to the 3 Million Dollar
Futurity and you can be sure that they don't allow
knuckleheads to pony their high dollar race horses. Ike has
been ridden around large earth moving equipment, ATVs,
joggers and bikes. As I previously stated he has spent two
weeks riding around the mountains of my ranch and I know the
previous owner didn't have a spec of trouble with him. He is
a get on and go type horse.