TRAINING & BREEDING QUALITY ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSES
BB has typically been trained and ridden out alone but has had experience with small groups and has done very well
Registered and Certified with these Registries: RMHA
Color: BLACK and barely fades!
Height: 14.3 HH
Genetics: EE no agouti or silver.
Markings: snip, Left fore pastern, right fore pastern, right hind partial coronet
Farrier: Great (no shoes needed) on a 8 week rotation
Trailers: Yes (self loads) slant or straight load
Location: St. Croix falls, Wisconsin
Vet checks at buyers expense.
Blackberry (BB) is easily one of our best mares (of which we seem to have many). She has had a lot of training in classical dressage. BB also has the best gait. It is always 4beat and square (almost automatic). Her gait can be rather fast to the inexperienced (also high stepping at times) but once learned it could be handled by the Confident rider. She is very capable of a slow gait as well. She canters off easily in a nice transition. Her other set of skills include a turn on the hind and fore, side pass, back, rounding the ribcage and canter departures. She CAN be a powerhouse and due to that she may be suited for a more educated rider with their seat. But oh so fun! She is a joy to handle.
She is an easy breeder and foals easily. BB has foaled 1 time for the previous owner as far as we know. I owned her filly too and she was SWEET! She has since gone to a new home and they just love her! Easy foals who love people is what you would want to keep producing quality horses for our lovely breed. We expect this horse to be an up and comer for our spring expos!
Depending on your energy (especially if you are high energy as a person), she may not suit you, however she tends to truly love our family. She is first at the gate typically when it's chore time. She loves to stand for grooming/ saddling, even tends to "ham" it up and back into a good butt scratch. BB really loves neck scratches and treats! But she is not over bearing and doesn't seem to want to knock you over either. She is very capable of carrying an adult, she's proven herself to be quiet under saddle as we have ridden in just a halter and she is obedient. BB has the most adorable face! She is quite the attractive mare! Her mane and tail are long! Soft! And easy to manage as it hardly ever knots!
She is 100% healthy. UTD on de-worming (4 times a year) and vaccinations (every year) as well as hoof trimming. Speaking of feet, BB's feet are very hard and tough. She goes barefoot on our rides and has never needed a shoe. She does not have bad habits. She always stands to be tied and trimmed. Her feet are tough and have a nice little cup that is indicative of optimum health.. Easy to vaccinate/deworm. BB has never foundered. She loads effortlessly in a trailer on her own, just point and go. BB stands tied, occasionally she may paw, but she will stop easily if you "move her feet" and correct her behavior. She is completely unreactive to traffic and other spooky objects. I ride BB exclusively in a snaffle bridle but I suspect she has previously been ridden in a shank. She is soft with this snaffle bridle and once a rider is taught now to have soft hands, the horse will follow suit and be amazing!
I would recommend this mare for a knowledgeable/ Confident rider but also great to be enjoyed as a family horse with supervision. Tends to move with higher energy, she is also very, very smart. She is not a problem when ridden by my husband who isn't as particular with his aids. She may outsmart a novice rider, however, but never mean in any way. If she had her own decision, and no one told her otherwise, she would go where she pleased. But give her direction in an assertive way and she's an angel. She is extremely well trained to the rider who is already knowledgeable on body control or the rider willing to learn and keep learning.
Do you think she is too old for your family? Reconsider this: need a horse that will be your partner for 20 more years? She is still your gal! Did you know Mountain horses typically have a greater longevity than other breeds? YES! they often have a riding career far past their 30's. In that sense, age is no limitation.
We will continue to ride and promote the breed with our beloved mare. She is one of a kind, perfect hindquarter, pretty head, flawless gait.
Consider this: If purchased this mare can produce foals for you to have a return on your investment! Consider that this is a TOP bred and trained mare. On the market today, there are virtually zero fully trained, experienced trail horses with much, much more hauling experience as this mare in the western horsemanship venue. She is predictable and dependable. I cannot simply replace this mare if she were to sell. She will be your next IRREPLACEABLE family member as well.
About my training:
I utilize many training techniques to create a well-rounded horse. Whether you follow Pat Parelli, Ray Hunt, Nuno Oliveira, Clinton Anderson or other top trainers, we optimize the abilities of each horse to create a willing and dependable partner under saddle and a far more dependable horse on the trail!
BB is a super easy keeper. She is pasture managed (rotational grazing). I believe in a strong quality forage feeding program where most nutrients are provided through hay. I feed a slight alfalfa mix with a mix of prairie grasses. As a quality supplement to fill in the gaps, different trace and white mineral blocks are provided free choice. When under extensive training, all horses are fed PREMIUM Purina products to ensure a shiny coat and adequate flesh as well as a good energy level. I will also utilize quality natural forages such as whole oats and beet pulp depending on the individual. She receives high quality forage and pasture grazing during summer months. Daily she will receive a SMALL oat mix with her herd mates.
She gets along with all kinds. We have a mix of mares, geldings, pony, babies, yearlings, pregnant mares. As far as status she is a higher in status mare. She likes to maintain status - if she is challenged she may assert herself and kick out one time at another horse but will fairly eat with all other horses after that dominance is clear. Otherwise she sticks to her business.
This mare is the complete opposite of anything you would describe mareish! I ride her through her cycles and barely notice. I even ride her next to the stallion without funny business. Folks familiar with other breeds may think they want to avoid mares altogether. That is not the case with Rockies! So many people tell me they never would have thought the relationship with their mare would be as rewarding as it is. They are smart, willing, friendly and above all, LOYAL. Mares may have their opinions but as long as you are fair to them, they give you their ALL!
We truly love BB but we can't keep them all...
Her bloodline exhibits a VERY Sought after Kentucky Blue sire crossed with a Broken Bone's Sam's Son on top (ultimately very Sam Bloodline) and Hazel Blue on bottom, she is infamous for her offspring such as Misty Blue and half siblings to many top horses in the breed (She is an own Tim Daughter). BB is the type they may describe within the breeders of the breed as a "Golden Cross", Heavy Sam lines crossed with Tim lines.