|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). I hold a BS and MS
in Animal Science from NMSU, having taken all of the equine courses that they offered. As a graduate
student (for 3 years), I was the graduate assistant in the colt starting class, so I got lots of experience working
with a variety of horses. I had to learn about gaited horses from the ground up, and do everything from trail
riding to showing them. Along the way, I've had a handful of lessons from gaited horse trainers in this time,
which helped me in my refinement of our horses' gaits. Rockies are naturally gaited, but their rider's
horsemanship can make the difference in a good gait versus a great gait under saddle.
We've had Rockies at our farm since 2001. 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, like in the ACTHA competitions). 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!!
|Bob & Jennifer
|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,
|Jen & Penny getting a
meal at the drive-thru
window at McDonald's,
|Bob & I hit the road with
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 blue
Click here to read
about our adventure!!
|Fannie & Shelbi
Mesa Top Trail
Jennifer at the
|Jennifer & Snickerdoodles
9+ Yrs AOT Show Pleasure
Photo by Castle Photography
Park, Lexington, KY
|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.
|New Additions to the herd, Oct. 2014:
Dani, Hope & Beauty
|Jen & Nikki at the Glade Park
ACTHA Ride: 1st Place Open!!
|Jennifer & Fannie and
Allison & Felix
September 2013 Show
MH Champion & Reserve
Photo by Bob Leichliter
to see our
|Jennifer & Penny
Kate Moran Clinic
June 1-2, 2013
|Shelbi & Felix
|Jennifer & Diva
Mesa Top Trail