i have owned over four dozen horses in my life. MOST are $500 or less grade horses. my favorite horse of my life was Sully, best horse in the world, i traded 10 round bales for him when he was four cuz i unloaded the round bales then the guy decided he had no cash and i told him i'd take that horse (and pointed to sully) in exchange...turned out to be the most capable horse on the ranch. i taught him how to work cattle, cut (competed on him cutting), trail ride, barrell race, rope, check cattle, you name it Sully would do it. i've owned $30,000 horses out of prestige QH lines as well. most can do everything as well. i think its about the demenour and how you handle the horse that makes the difference. my horses work. i have 500+ head of momma cattle (meaning almost a thousand between calving and sale) on over 1000 acres and they WORK. i ask the same out of my grade horses as i do my $30k horses. work! i saddle them the same, feed em the same, and when i throw a leg over, it dont matter who i'm on, we got a job to do and we are going to do it. i currently own grade horses and two registered horses that together would pay off my mortgage. i ask and expect the same out of all of them. theres rarely anything wrong with grade horses, they may not always 'look' as pretty as the top line horses and if you show, i guess thats important, but i use a horse as a horse, just like i use a truck as a truck.
Be the kind of woman who, when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil says "oh sh*t she's up!"
RIP Sully and Jetta (4/24/11 lightening storm)
Last edited by PaintCowgirl; 02-16-2012 at 09:08 AM.