Very gentle and responsive, great size, calm demeanor and outstanding bloodlines $6,000 $4,000 SOLD
A tall, good-looking, gentle, well-broke palomino quarter horse gelding is hard to find, especially out of Skipper W bloodlines. We call him “Jingle”, and he’s one heck of a nice horse. Jingle was born in 2003, so he’s coming 6 years old as I write this. His sire is a good-looking stud named Bonanza Conclusion, and his dam is a good Skipper W mare named Skip Bell Aerial.
Jingle was raised on the range in Wyoming until I bought him as a two-year-old. We brought him to the Colorado Rockies, where he grew up, and we don’t mean standing around in a 20-foot paddock. I (Gary Hubbell) broke him as a three-year-old at our outfitting business in Marble, Colorado. The horses were kept on a 192-acre pasture complete with gopher holes, barbed-wire fences, logjams, boulders, ditches, and other hazards. The pasture bordered the Raggeds Wilderness Area, and it was common to see coyotes, bears, and even mountain lions on the property. Each morning, we rounded up the herd the old-fashioned way, driving the horses across the Crystal River into our catch pen. Jingle has forded the Crystal River in torrents of spring snowmelt and in winter snow and ice. He’s probably crossed that river 300 times. In other words, he’s not shy about water.
Jingle was easy to start. On Ride #7, I took him out into the pasture, crossed the river, up the meadow, into the aspens, across the top of the ranch, and then I cantered him about 500 yards across the open meadow. Then I guided him back across the river and into the corral. He never blinked. Since then, Jingle has had lots of days in the mountains.
I took him to a Clinton Anderson clinic in Farmington, New Mexico, and spent three straight days (up to 10 hours a day) schooling him in Clinton Anderson’s terrific training techniques. We have friends who have a grazing permit for their cattle on the Uncompaghre Plateau west of Delta, Colorado, and we have ridden Jingle on several all-day cattle drives, chasing cows out of the oak brush and canyons and moving them to the next 10,000-acre pasture.
You’ll love Jingle’s friendly personality. He really likes people. He’s very friendly and easy to catch, but he’s not the “in your face” kind of horse that we all find annoying. He has beautiful hard feet and he’s never been lame. He loads easily, stands calm for grooming and saddling, and is an all-around gentleman. So what is the ideal job description for Jingle? He has many possibilities. He can be a great trail horse, a ranch horse, or a he’ll make a great candidate for a rope horse.
Jingle’s sale price: $6,000 $4,000
AQHA Palomino Skipper W gelding with lots of mountain experience, 16 hands, gentle and sweet
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