Carefully bred and finished Mountain Horses
should have 3 distinct gaits: the "trail
walk" ( a loose rein, very relaxed "dog
walk"), the "show walk" (a comfortable
gait slightly faster than the trail walk), and
the "pleasure gait" (smooth and faster
still). Each of these gaits (in the order described)
should be smooth, but progressively faster than
the previous gait.
of Going: Some of the Mountain Horses only
naturally possess the trail walk and the show
walk. These "two gear" horses are
sometimes referred to as "Country Trail
Pleasure" horses or having a "Country
Trail Pleasure" "way of going".
The different breeds and show programs have
their own nomenclature for categorizing the
horses natural "way of going", but
generally the following apply "Country
Trail Pleasure", "Trail Pleasure",
"Classic Pleasure" (or "Show
Pleasure") and "Park Pleasure."
Even show judges differ on what separates one
"way of going" from another, so don't
worry if the distinctions seem a little fuzzy.
Breeding: Superior breeding is the important
foundation upon which is built the trusting
relationship and patient training. In combination,
these fundamentals should produce the satisfying
experience that every horse owner strives to
achieve. If the breeding stock is inferior or
the stallion and mare are mismatched, the temperament
or gait may be sources of continual frustration
for the hopeful owner of the smooth, well mannered
are "breeders" rather than "horse
traders". We have years (and in some cases
generations) of experience with our stallions,
mares and bloodlines. We remove a horse from
our breeding program that does not consistently
produce the characteristics for which we breed-
a gentle temperament and a smooth gait.
sure you begin with the correct bloodlines,
temperament and matching of stallion and mare.
That is the foundation, upon which you build
trust and patient training. Watch out for the
"horse trader", looking to make a
Development: Once the breeding foundation
is in place, the importance of patient development
cannot be overstated, if the goals are a long-term
relationship with a horse that trusts and responds
positively to human interaction, a better quality
of life for the horse and greater satisfaction
on the part of its human partner. In our experience,
patient and gentle trainers are more likely
to consistently produce such a horse. Frankly,
we believe that female trainers consistently
do a better job of starting young horses than
their male counterparts.
Not surprisingly, horses "finished"
by trainers who are hurried, abrupt or impatient
often demonstrate undesirable tendencies. Many
trainers hurry from horse to horse to meet their
daily riding quota. In some training barns,
"show horses" are the passion of the
trainer and "trail horses" are simply
there to pay the bills. Trail and younger horses
go without riding, sometimes for days at a time,
when the trainer leaves the barn for shows.
Disruption, like impatience, hinders the proper
development of the young horse.
have and can certainly recommend trainers, who
share and practice the "slow and gentle
start" philosophy that will enhance the
natural characteristics of the young Mountain
Horse. We are happy to provide recommendations
We generally have an excellent selection of
foals, weanlings, yearlings, two and three year
olds. Most of our foals are sold before they
are four. Consequently, we almost never
have a gelding older than 3 years of age.
Pricing depends upon the individual horse and
so generalizations are difficult. Weanlings
start at $1,500. Yearlings start at $2,000.
2 year olds start at $3,000. You can expect
to pay between $4,000 and $5,000 for a finished
2-3 year old black gelding. For that 2-3 year
old chocolate gelding (with a flax or white
mane and tail), our pricing would generally
range between $5,000 and $8,000. Of course we
offer discounts for multiple purchases. We also
sell higher priced show horses, breeding stallions
and mares, and "breeder packages."
Contact Greg (813) 508-2405 for pricing particulars
and inventory availability.
Policy: Provided that you bring the horse
back in the same condition, we offer a 30 day
exchange policy on any horse you purchase from
C&W. Unlike many horse traders, we know,
love and stand behind our horses.
Diamond Desire:DOB is 3/4/05. He is gelded,
KMSHA registered and RMHA fully eligible. He
is red chocolate with a white mane and tail.
He is halter broke and has had some saddle work.
His price is $8,000 as of 2/21/07.
is a 6 year old blue eyed cremello gelding registered
RMHA and KMSHA. Very gentle and sweet. Striking
appearance, with an incredible mane and tail.
A phenomenal trail horse for the rider who wants
to turn heads.Priced at $10,000.
Magnum: He a dark chocolate gelding with a white
mane and tail. DOB 2/23/04. KMSHA Registered.
RMHA fully eligible. He has approximately 60
days under saddle as of 2/21/07. Priced at $7500.
For sales information please contact:
Danette (813) 340-2790 or Greg (813) 508-2405.
Better still, email us with your particular