How do you make a horse tough? Hearty?
You deny them the luxury of living in a box stall and home them on the range using only barbed wire to keep ’em close. OF COURSE! (Home. Home on the rangeeeeeee – sang with a drawl and a twang).
Yup, according to Lazy FS Ranch that’s how you make a good ranch horse.
“All of our horses run out in the scab rock and are fenced in by barbed wire. These horses are all tough and do not receive the many luxuries such as box stalls. These horses are well-rounded, quality animals, with great minds, and a solid build.”
See? You can’t make this stuff up!
Risking your horse’s lives and well being by refusing to use one of the many readily available fencing alternatives to barbed wire is NOT going to make them any more of a ranch horse! Scars aren’t sexy on horses, dammit! From the concerned reader who brought my attention to Lazy FS (gosh I hope it’s ok to use these comments, I didn’t hear back in time but they were too good not to include!):
“I’m inclined to wonder, though, how they evaluated temperament to come up with willing temperaments and great minds…. I mean, I think a lot of horses might be willing to run around in a herd their whole lives and have good enough minds to only run into and get tangled in barbed wire once or twice–as adults–because foals never run haphazardly or get too close to something out of curiousity. It’s also nice to be reminded that horses don’t really need shelter… at least not these tough ones.
Anyways, I’m just always glad to see upstanding breeding programs such as this. Especially when there is such a shortage of $400 [high] quality foals in this country.”
Since when are box stalls a luxury? Gosh, I always thought it was a necessity due to inclement weather and people’s desire to ride/train. Sure, in a utopian world your horse would be out grazing for 22 hours per day but come in all dry and unfuzzy for the two hours/day you groom, ride and play with him. Sign me up! No? That doesn’t exist? Well I. Am. Shocked. Outraged even! That’s like saying your horse doesn’t do this:
[ok – it was supposed to be that cartoon of the horse eating grass and pooping out money… but I couldn’t find it!]
I think my horse is defective, he doesn’t do that. I wonder if he’s still under warranty…
This ad from Lazy FS Ranch was sent in by a concerned reader:
“2012, 2011 & 2010 AQHA, APHA, & Grade horses for sale…
LAZY FS RANCH, HOME OF ROCKING UF HORSES is proud to offer for sale 7 coming yearlings and 2 coming two year olds and/or if there is a certain mare or stud that you may be interested in, don’t be affraid to ask about them. Please visit the website www.lazyfsranch.com to see what is currently available! The 2012 foals are hitting the ground. If you have any questions or would like to set-up an appointment to come see them please just contact us! Thanks! Only the best comes from LAZY FS RANCH, WHERE QUALITY MEETS VERSATILITY!!! $400 for grade and $500-$800 for papered foals! CURRENT SPECIAL~$50 OFF ANY COMING YEARLING. “
There’s something wrong if you’re using the words “grade” and “best” in an ad. Somehow I find it very hard to believe that all their horses are the best ranch horses ever to walk the earth. When you’re breeding grade horses (Some people might refer to them as slaughter fodder. Not me! But maybe a friend of a friend of a friend of a cousin of an inbred uncle-dad…), by definition you’re not getting the best. Before you throw your rotten tomatoes, I’m not saying grade horses don’t have their place and can’t be amazing ranch horses! -or other disciplines, for that matter. What I am saying is that selective breeding of specific breeds has been proven to be the “best” and therefore their claim that they produce “only the best” is erroneous. However, if they would like to make the claim that they produce the best grade horses, then by all means! I won’t stand in their way. You’ll not hear a peep from me.
I couldn’t help myself.
One of their “best”…
Sure the angle of the photo isn’t the greatest but you can’t tell me that horse doesn’t have some wonky conformation somewhere that’s causing it to stand with its hind legs practically crossed. Also, looks to me like those front toes are pointing outwards. Gosh, I’d love a grade foal from that mare!
“Our horses have willing dispositions, great minds, athletic ability, are very cowy, and have some color too!”
Considering that all of the horses listed for sale on their page are under two years old I don’t see how they could have “athletic ability” or be “very cowy”. Living in relatively close proximity to cattle does not a cowy horse make. Just as a point of interest, no where on their website do they mention working with the youngsters. They definitely didn’t peep about the painstaking training efforts they were putting into these young’uns. Guess that’s why they’re selling them between $400-800. To put any amount of decent training on them would up their price significantly, I would think – even if the trainer was only charging $10/hour (and what quality trainer doesn’t have such reasonable rates?!).
Ok, my last point of contention is their APHA Foals page. These horses are listed as either “registerable” or “will be sold with an APHA application” – what does that even mean? To me it sounds like they’ll sell you the horse and print out a registration application for you to take responsibility for filling out, filing and paying for. APHA peeps: is this a well used term? Am I missing something? Does it mean that they will file the application for the new owners and help them through the registration process? -if that’s the case, why aren’t they just going ahead and registering the horses themselves? The only reasons I can come up with are laziness and/or Scrooge McDuck-ery (they don’t want to part with the moolah).
By the way, that mare pictured above, is on the APHA Foals page and they list her pedigree as including “Impressive Sorcerer“. Why yes, yes that is an Impressive horse! And yet, none of the horses are listed as being HYPP anything. Hmmm did they not test their horses? That can’t be right! Responsible, barbed wire using horse owners such as these would certainly test for a potentially life threatening disease!