Gaited Mountain Horses at Mountain Magic Ranch
Welcome to Montana’s Mountain Magic Ranch where we are “preserving the foundation” of the Mountain Horse. We proudly breed, raise, train and selectively sell two exquisite breeds of gaited Mountain Horses from the oldest, foundation bloodlines available today – the Rocky Mountain Horse and the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse.
Mountain Magic Ranch is located 30 miles west of Bozeman, Montana in the heart of the majestic Madison River Valley. Our extraordinary horses represent the oldest foundation Mountain Horse bloodlines in the industry today. They are raised on rough terrain in the often impetuous Montana elements, resulting in sure-footed, extremely vigorous animals. They are handled and trained in a consistent effort to build trust, respect and confidence – facilitating and complementing their naturally friendly dispositions, and gentle, willing attitudes.
Rocky Mountain Horses, affectionately referred to as “Rockies”, and Kentucky Mountain Horses, are naturally gaited horses. This means, in addition to the same basic gaits demonstrated by non-gaited breeds, such as the walk, trot, canter and gallop, gaited horses also possess a natural, inherited ability to perform an even, four-beat gait. This incredibly smooth, ambling gait creates a motion for the rider that is more forward and backward, rather than up and down like the trot of non-gaited breeds.
The gaited horse is also exceptionally efficient within the gait itself as the horse moves with minimal ground clearance as well as minimal knee and hock action. This enables the horse to conserve energy and travel long distances without tiring – an attribute widely desired in the sport of endurance riding, where gaited horses have shown increased popularity. In fact, one of our very own horses raised here at Mountain Magic Ranch has completed 3 Tevis Cup Races!
Gaited Mountain Horses are extremely versatile and shine in many disciplines. Horses from Mountain Magic Ranch have excelled in the show ring, in field trials, in ranching and cattle work, and most especially, on the trail.
You don’t have to compete to find out why Gaited Mountain Horses are the ultimate trail horse, family horse and partner – all you have to do is ride one! Their smart, enthusiastic, kind demeanor, their smooth, easy going gait, their calm, respectful attitude and their quiet faithful friendship makes them the ultimate equine companion and friend.
Here at Mountain Magic Ranch we specialize in partnering people with horses, from the first introductions all the way to the delivery to your property. Please contact us directly for more information or to schedule an appointment to visit the ranch.