These are pictures of the couple in California that bought Boss' Southern Dunn and MOCO Southern Bossman. They sent us text updates from time to time about their adventures with Fox Trotters. They recently went to a local ranch in their area to participate in what they called Cowboy Academy and at the end of it they competed in a series of events (many of which involved cattle work). When it was all over, they recieved the Rookie Team of the Year Award....and they were the ONLY ones on gaited horses!! We asked permission to post the pics and the story on our website and they said yes please!! "Share our pics and our joy!!" :) They really represented Fox Trotters well in California!!
We are really excited that they are having such grand adventures with those horses!!
There is no shortage of good advice. Sometimes, it is best not taken.
We are 62 years old. After the best vacation ever at a working cattle ranch, we decided that horses would be our retirement activity. Lots of researching, talking, visiting, test riding, and hearing lots of advice and stories had us conclude that project horses or horses of indeterminate experience and history were not suitable for our situation. Further, we figured out early that we wanted horses that were more comfortable than quarter horses but they needed to be versatile. We directed our search to gaited horses that would work cattle. Besides trail riding we are interested in the common western arena events and participating in local cattle drives and ranch work. Did we mention that we are novice riders who have never owned horses? Against all vigorous local counseling we took that leap and flew to Wichita Falls to see if the claims of the 4Ps ranch were true. Did they really have three and five year old Missouri Fox Trotters that would take enthusiastic but novice riders safely out on trails as well as boldly move cows? They were that and more. Three intense days (6 hours in the saddle plus groundwork) of Beginner Boot Camp, a PPE exam where the sport horse vet dismissed our concerns over ages with “oh, these horses are different, y’all will do great” and we are the “breaking all the rules” new horse owners. We are moving ahead and becoming experienced novices with well brought up horses trained to provide enjoyment and pleasure. The local cautions and admonitions have given way to enthusiasm for our beautiful and charming horses. There has even been an occasional expression of envy. In case you are wondering, Tracy and Cody made us instructional DVD’s reminding us of our training sessions on our horses and we are following up with Clinton Anderson’s training program……the horses are teaching us and we are teaching our horses.
P.S. BTW, yesterday had bareback (pad) lesson on first a quarter horse and then shifted to Bentley. Went really well.
Pat Grant DVM
Meet Tom new proud owner of Spike! Tom and Spike are looking forward to many more fun days together. Pictured below are Tom, Spike and Steve in the last three photos on Tom's first day with Spike on a fair day in Ava, MO.