Our Definition of a ‘Good’ Trail Horse
A good trail horse is one that does everything and goes everywhere the rider wants with a minimum of asking. He goes ‘new places’ as willingly as he goes familiar places. He is quiet, does not easily ‘spook’ or shy. He is sure-footed and watches carefully where he places his feet. We ride in rugged country and it takes a horse a long time to learn to travel in it confidently and safely. [ It is easier if they are raised in that kind of environment. Our own broodmares and foals spend their summers running in rough pastures.] A good trail horse does not try to travel faster or slower than the group and above all, is well trained enough to leave the group and ride where he is told to go. He will lead, follow or ride in the middle of a bunch of horses. He has good manners, i.e. he stands quietly for mounting and dismounting, stops and stands still when asked, is not upset when something is dropped or gets around his feet, etc. In other words, he is a well trained horse, not a ‘deadhead’ that follows the horse in front of him. We gather and work cattle on all our trail horses! Throughout the “WOLFE RANCH” web site, if a horse is said to be a good trail horse, it means just that.
We will ‘finish’ horses that need to be better trail horses. We teach horses to go quietly anywhere their rider points their heads. We will then spend at least 2 days teaching the rider and horse together, how to ride any place with other horses and alone.
We can only accommodate one horse at a time so call for available spots.
Call for the very reasonable training rates.
TRAIL HORSES FOR SALE:
1-T} ‘BLONDY’ — CHESTNUT 2006 GELDING–Sire: CALL HIM THE FLASH — a super finished reiner that is drop dead gorgeous. He has also been used for heading, heeling and working cattle. He has AQHA reining points with very limited showing. Dam: Classical Zanny, Foundation bred mare that was a super ranch and cowhorse. She was shown for several years in the FQHR and Open shows and has amassed an enviable show record including earning the 1st ever conformation certificate awarded by the FQHR. She stood grand at nearly half of the shows she went to. She was exported to the UK several years ago.
This is a big, stout, very good looking chestnut gelding with a flaxen mane and tail. He stands 15.3 hands with very correct conformation. Like all of Flash’s sons and daughters, he has a super-deep heart-girth and a beautiful way of going and handling himself. He is very gentle and well-mannered with no bad habits or ‘holes’ in his training. He has been ranch ridden here for several years. He is ‘quick-footed’ but does not, however, have as much ‘handle’ and has not had as much cattle experience as our horses used to have when Pete and Cheri could still ride and finish them. He has been ridden a gazillion miles in some really round country. He has enough trail experience to be a really good trail horse but not enough cattle experience to really call a ranch horse. He does not hunt ‘boogers’ but he sure is no dead-head. He has gathered and sorted a lot of cattle, but has not had them roped or doctored off of him. He is smooth gaited and very pleasant to ride. He is big enough to carry a big rider all day. You have to see him to really appreciate him. While he is gentle, he is probably more horse than a child or beginner needs to ride. Pictures coming soon. $5000.00
2-T} Dun 2012 AQHA GELDING—[Barn name is Wishbone – note his face marking] –Sire: WAR CHIEFS PRIDE (Drifter)—The outstanding Driftwood bred ranch stallion we used for many years. His sons and daughters have been the most ‘user friendly’ horses we have raised. This nice gelding is no exception. He is another ‘born broke’ horse that has never made a mistake. His dam is the super gentle and laid back Zipper Pine Bar mare, ZIPS TEARDROP. Her dam had roping and Barrel racing points and went to the AQHA World show in Amateur Heading. We exported his sire to the UK in 2011 and this is the last foal sired by him that was born in the United States.
This nice young gelding is so gentle that he rides like he is an 8 year old. Nothing shakes him up. He goes anywhere you point his head. He is still green and has had little ‘handle’ put on him, but he is suitable for about any level rider to take on. He is 15 hands (may grow another inch or so), has a lot of shape and muscle, perfectly straight, correct legs, good bone and a super attitude. He would be ideal for Extreme Trail competition for a novice rider. He has been used to guide trail rides, pony horses, check pastures and cattle, etc. Very few horses have his quiet, willing nature and good looks. Here is a snapshot taken last winter with a young girl trail riding him. $4000.00 if purchased now.
Cochise is a ‘user friendly’, laid back wonderful trail riding partner. He willingly goes absolutely anywhere. He has perfect manners, no matter what you want to do with him. We have ridden him all year, guided dozens (if not hundreds) of trail rides with him. He is not ‘herd-bound’ and rides equally well, in front of or behind many horses and is an incredible trail horse when ridden by himself. He is gentle enough and kind enough to make a perfect youth or novice amateur horse. When he goes to a new home, we will truly miss him. $4500.00
CLASSY LENA SILVER–GRAY 2003 MARE–Sire: Royal Lena Peppy – NCHA $ earning son of Peppy San Badger. He is out of a producing Doc O’ Lena daughter who is out of a Royal King daughter. He is a 7/8 brother to Peptoboonsmal. Dam: Classical Zanny, Foundation bred mare that was a super ranch and cowhorse. She was shown for several years in the FQHR and Open shows and has amassed an enviable show record including earning the 1st ever conformation certificate awarded by the FQHR. She stood grand at nearly half of the shows she went to. She was exported to the UK several years ago.
This good mare is outstanding in every way and had the kind of conformation and eye appeal to show as well as her dam and could really make a nice ‘down the fence’ horse. She is well broke under saddle and is a super trail horse now. She has been ridden on the ranch, but her only cattle work is gathering them in the pasture. She is very athletic and is very talented. She needs to be finished into a top cow horse but is a super trail horse and pasture horse now. Some of the photos below were taken a couple of years ago. She is much heavier and more filled out now. She would be an ideal mare to export to the UK or Europe . This mare could be a foundation mare for an outstanding breeding program. If someone wants to buy her and have her bred in early 2012, we will facilitate that and only charge board.
She is a solid trail horse and a very good pasture horse to gather and work cattle. She has not been roped off of yet, but she just needs someone that can rope and doctor a few to be able to do it all. ‘Click’ on small photos to see a full size photo. SOLD and headed to California.
4-T} — DRIFTERS DUSTY DUDE — 2007 Gray Gelding — Dude is registered Red Dun because he was foaled that color. He has since turned gray.
Dude got HUGE. He is a really gentle, well broke trail horse. He is 16 hands and is not the most refined or ‘fancy’ horse out there but he is very handsome and definitely not ugly (maybe just a little plain). He is big, strong and can carry a 250# + rider all day, every day. We use him almost every day to take out big novice riders. He has probably carried more than 100 trail riders on their very first ride — ever. He is not spooky and never gets silly whether he is ridden by himself or in a large group. You can lead horses off of him and do just about anything on him or ride him anywhere. He would make an excellent hunting horse in the mountains. I used to take out a lot of hunters in the Wilderness Areas of Western Colorado. He is the perfect horse for that job.
He is easy to catch, ties, shoes, bathes, loads and hauls in any trailer. He also has excellent bone and feet and has never been sick or lame a day in his life. He has a job taking out trail riders for as long as I have him. SOLD and headed to California.
DRIFTERS LUCKY ZAN — 2006 AQHA Red Dun Gelding — Sire: War Chiefs Pride (Drifter) Double bred Driftwood horse that has conformation & ability. (Has since been exported to the UK.) Dam: Classical Silver daughter, Classy Zan — A really outstanding mare we bred and trained and sold as a really nice trail horse and ranch horse.
‘Lucky’ is a good looking 15 hand red dun geldings. He is very well trained, can be ridden by anyone that can pick up the reins and will go anywhere you point his head. He has been mostly pasture and trail ridden. He has no bad habits and he can set around for months and just ride off. He has never tried to buck or do anything wrong in his entire life. We have guided a lot of trail rides with him and used him a lot on the ranch. He is also a horse that we need to sell so we will put more miles on the younger ‘green’ horses. We just don’t get the others ridden with the steady well broke ones around. It is just easier to take them out.
He has exceptionally good feet and bone. Pete says “You would have to cut his head off and hide it to hurt him!” He has never taken a bad step in his life. Like all of the others, he ties, loads, catches easy, gets along well with other horses, has ponied and had a lot of horses led off of him. He has no problems of any kind. Before further training – SOLD to a roper in New Mexico.
CROSSBOW STREAK (BLUE)– 2001 AQHA Gray Gelding — Docs Lynx and Docs Superstar Bar on top and Jet Deck and Three Bars on the bottom. This 15 hand gelding is a good looking, absolutely sound and solid ranch horse. He is pretty and has excellent conformation. He is 100% sound, has never had a sick day in his life and has no quirks or bad habits. He has exceptional bone and good feet.
“Blue’ will go anywhere you point his head. He has had a LOT of miles in really rough country. He can carry a big man all day with no trouble. He hauls, loads, shoes, etc. with no problems. He rides with any other horses or by himself. Blue has worked and gathered cattle on a really BIG ranch (several thousand acres) and has had cattle roped off of him in the pasture. Pete is 72 and he has had a stroke, and he has been riding him all winter. This is not a slow ‘beginner horse’. He has a bigger motor and is used to working for a living, so he walks out fast and travels like a horse that is trying to go somewhere. That makes him ‘more horse’ than little kids or beginners need to ride, but he is safe for anyone that knows how to ride at all. He is smooth gaited and a really nice mover. He is not spooky, rides one-handed and is a really nice broke gelding. Like every other good ranch horse we have had, he is a ready made top trail horse. SOLD.
CLASSY GOOD GIRL — 1997 Gray Mare . Sire: Classical Silver. (reference sire) Dam: Jackies Good Girl, granddaughter of Doc Clabber by Doc Bar and Padre Sonoita by Dick Sonoita. ‘Jackie’ was a cutting money winner and used for several years as a top ranch and roping mare.. Good Girl has been one of our best producers. Her foals all really ride and ‘Cow’. Good Girl had a absolutely gorgeous 2005 Palomino filly by a son of Dunit It With A Twist. We put her back in the trail string for the last several years. This beautiful 15.1 hand mare is a very solid trail horse. She will go anywhere you point her head. She is safe for an experienced child and can carry a big man. She is big, stout, sound and gentle but has a pretty big motor. You can ride her 20 miles a day every day and she is waiting to go again tomorrow. She has impeccable manners. The two trail rides photos of her below were taken in Dec, 2012. She had not been ridden in 6 months, She was just caught out on the back pasture, saddled and put in the trail ride. You can ride her once a year and she rides the same as if she was ridden every day.
FLASH — Good Girl was bred one time in 2012 to a Palomino son of Dunnit With A Twist. She had a filly (Classy Gold Dunit pictured lower left) by this same stallion several years ago that was outstanding and was sold to a trail riding and show home. She just had an absolutely gorgeous full sister to Classy Gold Dunit (lower left photo). Classy Good Girl has been sold.
Her dunalino filly is a year old and is gorgeous. Her filly has also been sold and is headed to Wisconsin.
DRIFTERS ZIP [‘Cowboy’] — 2007 GRAY GELDING — Sire: War Chiefs Pride (Drifter) Double bred Driftwood horse that has conformation & ability. (See his page). Dam: Home raised super gentle pleasure bred mare. She is the kind anyone could ride from about her 3rd or 4th saddleing. She is still here carrying small children on our trail rides. They do not come any more gentle natured and all of her sons and daughters are just like her.
This extremely good looking gelding has been gentle since his first saddling. I was leading trail rides with him since he was a 2 year old. He was born broke. He is the kind that you can leave out in the pasture for 3 or 4 months, bring him in, saddle him up and ride him off. Absolutely anyone that can pick up the reins can ride him — either by himself or with 100 horses on a big trail ride. We loaned him to a friend from California last year to take on an AQHA trail ride. No one could believe he was only 3 and that she had never ridden him before. He is that way every day of his life. He has been used to check and gather cattle and has done a little sorting, but no one has ridden him that asked for a LOT of quick moves so he is by no means a finished sorting or ranch cutting horse. 100% sound. His feet are so good, he would probably never need shoes if he was not ridden in solid rocks like we have here.
He is an absolutely solid trail horse now and as safe a gelding to ride and work on the ranch as you can find anywhere. He has not been roped off of yet, but he just needs someone that can rope and doctor a few to be able to do it all. (We just got too old and decrepit.) SOLD and now living in Indiana.
Also, check out the ‘Ranch Horse’ page. Every horse we sell as a ‘Ranch Horse’ is also a very good trail horse. Some just have ‘bigger motors’ and want to cover more ground than some recreational trail riders want.
To Contact Us:
Wolfe Ranch Quarter Horses
Pete & Cheri Wolfe
P.O. Box 243
Sulphur, OK 73086
(580) 993-0097 cell