OUR MISSION is to produce a few high quality purebred Andalusians, Aztecas, and Iberian horses each year. By limiting the number of foals each year we can devote the time necessary to handle each foal and give them the individual attention that they need. They are well socialized with humans and horses and are prepared for their new life with their new owners.
We will always have a variety of horses available for sale at all times. Our herd is diverse to produce a variety of foals for different disciples: dressage, halter showing, competition, and general riding - family horses. Each year we research and carefully select stallions that will compliment each mare with an end goal in mind for each foal.
Visitors are always welcome, appointments are encouraged. Please give us a call or an e-mail even if you are just browsing. If we do not have the right horse for you we can usually refer you to someone who may have what you are looking for.
We also IMPORT HORSES from SPAIN through our other website
We started importing horses in 2003 and offer FULL Import service
door-to-door so you don't have to do any of the work. It's our
pleasure to help find your dream horse!
I truly delight in breeding
horses. I love that almost more than riding. I eagerly await
each spring and count the days until our first foals of the season arrive.
I love the soft muzzles, shaky newborn legs, and curious eyes that will
arrive in the spring time. If I am lucky I am able to catch the mare
at the right moment and attend the birth. I spend hours each day
handling the new babies and watching them frolic and play in the pasture
while their mothers keep careful eyes on their antics. I love the
bonds that develop with each new foal and the little nickers they give as
they see me coming in the morning and evening with their dinner and the
pitiful cries as they see that I am leaving. I know that my foals are
secure in their friendship and desire for human attention.
We carefully select our breeding stock for conformation and movement and
temperament. Each mare is analyzed and a stallion is carefully
evaluated and selected to compliment and improve upon her attributes
to produce a superior quality offspring that has correct conformation and
Our breeding program offers a variety of type from dressage to halter
prospects. We have imported mares from Spain for our breeding program:
Manzanilla. Our favorite color is
black/bay but we have imported a beautiful buckskin filly
Manzanilla to add some dilute colors to the
I have tried diligently to educate myself. I have taken every
judge's clinic and conformation clinic that I could as well as studied the
various Andalusian breed books available and watched countless hours of
SCIAB and IALHA National's on VHS tape to study the breed and develop and
eye for what is correct. I have taken every opportunity to learn from
knowledgeable dressage people (that are not breeding Andalusians and are
unbiased) what is correct conformation and movement for dressage so that I
can breed a horse that is very functional for that arena as well since it
differs from the "traditional" Spanish horse. Although the classic
Spanish Andalusian holds a special place in my heart. I love the fact
that people can see that my horses are different just by looking at them in
the pasture. I love the round toplines, beautiful necks and flashy
movement - as long as the horse is moving forward with implusion.
We have made countless trips
to Spain to look at horses to buy for ourselves and to sell on our
website. n the process I have been able to take a close look at other
people's breeding programs and what types of horses they have used to get
the look and movement that they wanted. It has influenced my decision
to import mares from Spain. I want to breed from strong lines that
produce consistently from years and years of selective breeding. I
want to know that the mares will produce foals that move and look just like
them. When you can spot a horse anywhere and know what the pedigree is
just by looking at it - that is consistency. Also, when every horse on
the farm has the same look and movement (cookie cutter look). I feel
that many of the people breeding in the USA don't actually have a "breeding
program" and make decisions based on who is winning at the shows or who is
conveniently located near to them so they don't have to ship semen.
They don't evaluate the strengths and flaws in the mare that they are trying
to breed and consider the strengths of the stallion that may be able to
improve on their mare.
though the horse you buy may look and move fabulous
there is not always the consistency for generations of
breeding like you have on Spain. That fabulous
mover may have been a fluke that can not pass on the
movement to the foal. Or worse yet - it was a
result of training techniques where the trainers put
weights on the hooves like they do with the Tennessee
Walking horses so that when they weights are removed
just prior to the show the horse lifts it's feet way up
in the air. You can usually spot this by noticing
that the movement is all in front and there is not a
lateral mirror movement in the hind legs.
Personally, I think that too many people in the USA are
breeding horses that should not be used as breeding
stock. It is common in Spain to have stallions
that have never bred. They use only their
best horses for breeding.
Here, if it is not a gelding then most likely it has
carefully select the stallions that we used - based on
what characteristics they have that will improve on our
mares. A lot of thought and research goes into
every decision that we make. Producing top quality
foals is our number one goal. We also take the
personality into consideration. Who wants to
struggle with an ornery, stubborn foal when you can
choose a stallion that producing sweet, willing, easy to
husband is always asking my why I breed the Aztecas when
it costs the same to raise a purebred foal and you can
sell them for more money? I want to offer
something in everyone's budget. Not everyone can
afford a $10k horse. I know that I could not have
afforded one 15 years ago. I really like how our
half-Andalusian mare Alina turned out and now we are
able to offer 3/4 Andalusian foals. At some point
I hope that she will have a "paint marked" foal.
So far, they have all been solid colored. Her
Overo markings are recessive. So, her foals could
pass on the color. I think it would be really cool
to eventually produce a 7/8 Andalusian with the paint
markings. First, we have to get that elusive 3/4
with the markings first.
we were amazed with our half Andalusian colt be Remate.
He is an amazing colt, that has the signature stamp of
his sire's strong bone, neck, wonderful over-strides,
great extension, build and presence, with his
dam's huge hip and powerful muscling.
Amante is everything that
you could want in a half Andalusian. Our very
first American Azteca filly has turned out wonderfully
as well. She has the much in demand paint markings
with the Azteca combination of the Quarter
horse/Andalusian head, the short coupled and round
Andalusian top-line as well as the movement.
Amante was sold to a
dressage home and I have become friends with his owner
who is kind enough to send frequent updates on how he is
doing. We actually stay in contact with almost all
of our buyers and LOVE to see photos and get updates on
how their horses are doing.
Our horses are raised on 15 acres and are allowed
the outdoor freedom to play and exercise to their
heart's delight. I believe that horses develop
a better, more healthy mind if they are allowed this
freedom to be themselves. All of our babies
are kept in a 14X18 stall with their dam for at
least the first few days of their lives. They
are handled as much as possible in the first 3 days.
This allows imprinting on their mother and humans.
They are petted all over and scratched and have
their feet handled. I restrain them by holding
them from behind the rump and in front of their
chests with my arms. This prepares the for
future lead training. They learn to look
forward to my twice daily visits and learn that
people are pleasurable and interesting to be around
but nothing to be scared of. After the first
day the foals are always eager to be handled and
follow me around the stall while I clean it. I
love to watch their inquisitive reactions when they
are introduced to something new - like a bag of
shavings or a bucket left for a moment where they
can inspect it. They even sneak into the feed
room and tromp around past the bales of shavings and
hay to see what is new in there too. After a
few days they have learned what "Mom" looks like and
are ready to join the herd for part of the day.
They are turned out 12 hours a day to run and play
with the other foals while Mom grazes in the
pasture. At night they are stalled again to
make sure that they stay warm, dry, and safe.
After several weeks of daily handling they learn
their names, follow you around, and look forward to
feeding time when they get lots of attention
lavished on them.
The foals are introduced to the trailer as we
take them to the vet for check ups and also to the
stud farm to be rebred. When they are 1 to 2
months old we start halter training them.
Halter training progresses very fast. They
already have the basics from being restrained by
hand and are used to following me around to be
petted and scratched. It is an easy
transition from following with out a halter to
following me with a lead rope. I spend a lot
of time from birth handling their ears and legs and
gently guiding them around with my hands and body.
After 1 or 2 sessions they usually have the hang of
being led with a rope. They never do stupid
things like flip over because they totally trust me
and want to follow me around anyway to get more
attention. Their feet are handled daily for
the first few months and then occasionally after
that. They learn that it is pleasant to be
petted all over and not to jump when they are
All of our horses are on an individualized
feeding program with vitamin and mineral
supplements, and regular worming to be sure
that they grow to their full potential. We
feed coastal hay (grass hay) and occasionally will
supplement with alfalfa. We carefully monitor
their feed intake and nutrition to prevent damaging
over-feeding which can result in drastic growth
spurts and cause bone developmental problems
- a.k.a. Growth and Developmental
Orthopedic Disease (DOD).
During the year we make many grain formulation
changes to adjust to the growth patterns and
nutritional needs of our herd. We strive to
maintain healthy weights on our horses and keep up
with the ever changing needs of the broodmares in
their different stages of pregnancies. During
the 3rd trimester 60-65% of fetal growth occurs.
Our foals are born large and usually out grow
their mothers within the first year to year and
half. I believe that properly feeding the mare
during her pregnancy leads to large, fully developed
foals. Foals are born at Proper
nutrition makes all the difference in
allowing them to reach their maximum height at
maturity. A good feeding program through out
the foal's entire growth phase is also essential.
At birth a foal is approx. 60% of it's mature
height, at 6 months 83% of it's mature height,
at 12 months 90% of it's mature height, and at 18
months they are 95% of their mature height.
So, you can see just how important a good head start
Exercise is important to us and well as for bone
and mental development for foals. I for one,
do not enjoy shoveling out stalls every day.
Once the foals are a few weeks old and the weather
is nice we let Mom and the babies stay outside all
the time. They are always able to come in out
of the rain and during storms and bad weather we
will stall them. Fresh air and exercise are
best for all. It promotes healthy bones and an
active mind. Too much stall time leads to
boredom and bad habits like weaving, cribbing, and
wind sucking. Stale air can also lead to a
stable cough caused by dust and sawdust particles.
We try to have the mares foal close together so that
the babies have someone their age to romp and play
with as they grow up. Our mare pasture is 5
acres with a 3 stall barn with large stalls.
See photo album below. 2 stalls are approx. 14
X 18 and the outside "shed" end of the barn is about
16' x 24' and is open on 2 sides to allow a cool
breeze and a nice view of the outside so they can
see what is going on. The foals enjoy all of the
open space to run and play in. The 2004 foals
have managed to explore every inch of the property
and have created little trails all over between the
trees and bushes.
Mineral supplements, shade, quality hay, and
fresh water are always available.
March 2004. Click pictures to enlarge.
Snow February 2010
Click to enlarge.
A baby bunny that visited our garage
on 3-20-04. That is a stud chain in the
bucket next to it.
Our rare snowfall snow at TFA
A neighbor's zebra that we WISH would
quit visiting our horses.
The girl's don't appreciate a zebra
stallion bothering them or their babies.
He likes to get the bucket stuck on
hs big head.
Foaling barn under construction.
Foaling barn nearly completed
Snow rear window anyone?
Our dream barn. We are trying to buy
acreage between our house and current