|Welcome to our farm in Eckert, Colorado!!
We have been involved with the breeding, training, showing and sales of Rocky
Mountain Horses since 2001. Our central herd is mostly the chocolate body color
with a lighter mane and tail. The horses are also registered with KMSHA, and
AGMA (an offshoot of the United Mountain Horse showing association). We've
created a herd of horses with great genetics, as we've really worked to match our
mares with many top stallions in the breed.
I do all of the handling and training of horses at our farm (Bob rides only
occasionally), and have had to learn about gaited horses from the ground up!!
We've had Rockies since 2001, and have come a long way with them. I've only had
a handful of lessons from gaited horse trainers in this time, which helped me in my
refinement. Our horses are really shining these days!! I really enjoy showing as it
helps me prove what I've done with the horses, but I also love trail riding, and doing
things liked judged trail trials (trail rides with judged obstacles on the course). These
horses are FUN and they're also very dependable. Even the younger horses seem
to have a maturity beyond their physical years. They are a must if you're looking
for a gentle horse with a smooth ride!!
|Jennifer's Mountain Horse Farm
Bob & Jennifer Nichols
|Riding the BLM's
outside of Delta
|Rocky Mountain Horse Breed Characteristics
These horses must have a smooth (even 4-beat) gait, conformation based on breed standards, and a gentle
temperament. This breed is of a medium build, with sturdy bone structure, large chest, and sloping shoulder and hip
(for extension in gait). Horses range in height from 14.2 to 16 hands (though mares, certified before their 3rd birthday,
are acceptable at 14 hands). A "Certified to Breed" mountain horse will have a gold seal on their registration document,
which means that they can participate in breed shows, and their offspring can be registered in the association. The gait
these horses possess is a very smooth, ambling four-beat gait (lateral), sometimes called a "singlefoot" or rack (with less
animation). The gait is natural in the horses, however it can be influenced by conformation and a rider's ability in the
saddle, so taking lessons with the folks you buy a horse from is very important, so you know how to get the best ride out
of your horse.
The mountain horses make wonderful family additions, and are great on the trail. Once you ride one, you'll be hooked!!
We've found that these horses have very quick minds, and are quite easy to train. They really are a "people oriented"
horse, that can be your best friend!
|Jezabel & Shelbi,
|Shelbi & Nikki, June 2011
|Bob & I hit the road with
Snickerdoodles and Jenna's Bonny
Belle in September 2011 to show
at the International Rocky
Mountain Horse show. We did a
great job, and even took home a
Click here to read about our
|Fannie & Estella
New Year's Day Ride:
January 1, 2012
|Jenna's Bonny Belle with
Jennifer Color Ride on the
Grand Mesa, 9/2008
|Jennifer & Snickerdoodles
9+ Yrs AOT Show Pleasure
Photo by Castle Photography
|This area is referred to at the "Gateway to the
Grand Mesa", and it's definately a beautiful place to
live. Visitors are always welcome to see our horses,
and take a test ride on the trail as well! We have
access to the trails on the Grand Mesa and the
"Adobes" in the Delta area. We also have great
riding at "Escalante Canyon" (between Grand
Junction and Delta) and "Pleasure Park" near
Hotchkiss. These trails range from mountain areas
to more hilly and desert areas. It's all great training
for our horses.
|Jennifer & Fanny,
Adobes, June 2010
|2013 Gaited Horse Events:
**September 13-15: Mile High Autumn Classic Horse Show: Adams County
Fairgrounds, Brighton, CO This is a wonderful show for all gaited breeds. The show
includes fun games classes, dressage, rail & trail obstacle classes. Wonderful staff, great
competitors! If you are hesitant about showing, don't be. It's all about the fun!! Click on
heading to see webpage for more details. I'll see you there!
Kate Moran Clinic: September 28-29, 2013
We're bringing back Kate for another gaited clinic, focusing on riding with lightness and
balance. The clinic in June gave us great ground and riding exercises to use with our
horses, which really seemed to supple them up. We'll limit the class to 10 riders, in order
to give each rider lots of individual attention. More details to follow!
|Hickory Wind, aka
to see our
|Jennifer & Penny
Kate Moran Clinic
June 1-2, 2013