Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
^^The main reason for that is because a good ranch horse is just about the best, brokest horse you'd be able to find anywhere. Not only can you work on them all day, roping and dragging cattle, riding rough country, but you can also generally throw your kids on them for the local parade or to go trot the barrels/poles in the local rodeo. They've generally seen enough and done enough that they just take everything new in stride. They have enough handle that they respond quickly with no hesitation and no resistance, regardless of what you ask of them.
Around here, you can get a good ranch horse for anywhere from $4000 to $8000 (though the ones that cost more also generally are pretty solid in some arena competition too).
Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/