TRAINING & BREEDING QUALITY ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSES
Watch Ebony as she gives a lesson.
My Husband enjoying an Expo with Ebony
Ebony's 2018 filly Toki. Foals are always robust, correct and healthy. She is the best mare for milk production and teaching her foals respect.
Some photos on this page are by Alyssa Smolen Photography
AKA Ebony or Bones
Ebony has GORGOUS babies! "Dragon" here at 2 years:
Registered and Certified with these Registries: organizations: RMHA
Color: BLACK and barely fades!
Height: 14.1 1/2HH
Price: Contact us (she is open to be covered by one of our stallions)
Genetics: EE, no agouti or silver.
Farrier: Great (no shoes needed)
Vet: Great (5way/rabies, rotational Deworming 4x/yr)
Trailers: yes (self loads) slant or straight load
Location: St. Croix falls, Wisconsin
Vet checks at buyers expense.
"Ebony" (Ebs) is easily one of our best mares. She is our Expo horse that we haul across the country. She rides in arenas and stays in the stall during our stay very quietly. Ebony has the best gait. It is always 4beat and square (it's automatic). She steps up into the next speed from walk and literally zero step into trot (I only see trot in the pasture, never a pace). Very easy to balance out into a perfect square gait. Her gait can be rather fast to the inexperienced (also high stepping at times) but once learned it could be handled by the advanced beginner. She canters off easily as well. Her other set of skills include a turn on the hind and fore, side pass, back, rounding the ribcage and canter departures. She is a powerhouse and fearless on the trail!
She is an easy breeder and foals easily. Ebs has foaled 3 times for us and each one is very special. All her foals have gone to a new home and they just love them! Easy foals who love people. She has had the year to remain open (our protocol for health and conditioning). Then she will get back into riding shape for our Expos. (Super easy mare to return to work!)
She may come off a little shy but she is all business once she gets to know you. She loves to stand for grooming/ saddling. She is naturally laid back but under saddle she is energetic and fun! 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. She is protective of her foals but it also allows her humans to care for them. This mare is adorable since she has very minimal white. She exhibits a very slight star on her forehead. 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, Ebs 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. Easy to vaccinate/deworm. Ebs has never foundered. She loads effortlessly in a trailer on her own, just point and go.
I would recommend this mare for a knowledgeable/ Confident rider but also suited for families as she stands so quietly. 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.
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.
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!
Ebs 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 oat mix with her herd mates. Always in her third trimester we feed high-quality pelleted mare and foal products.
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. 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. 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!