|Welcome to my farm in Eckert, Colorado!!
I have been involved with the breeding, training, showing and sales of Rocky Mountain Horses since 2001. My central herd is mostly the chocolate
body color with a lighter mane and tail. The horses are also registered with the KMSHA. I've created a herd of horses with great genetics, as I've really
worked hard to match my mares with many top stallions in the breed.
I do all of the handling and training of horses at my farm, especially the initial groundwork and intensive under saddle work. In order to protect myself
as I get older, since 2016, I have allowed my young horses to go out to a really great colt starter for one month of initial under saddle work (before I
begin to ride them). 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. When I began with the
Rockies in 2001, I had to learn all about gaited horses from the ground up. I've done a variety of things with my horses over the years, from trail riding
and going in parades 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 my horses' gaits. Rockies are naturally gaited, but their rider's horsemanship can make the difference in a good gait versus a great gait
I've had Rockies at my farm since 2001, and the 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!!
|Jennifer's Mountain Horse Farm
|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!
|Good Golly Miss Molly
|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.
|Boys having fun in the arena, March 2016:
Cody, Rev & Prince
|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 my
|Jennifer & Penny
Kate Moran Clinic
June 1-2, 2013
|Shelbi & Felix
|Shelbi & Sunset
|Jen & Felix
|Shelbi/Poppy and Jennifer/Molly