BR Foundation Horses is a small operation in Southwest Wisconsin where the Big Rivers; Mississippi and Wisconsin meet. BR strives to breed, raise, train and market horses that are ready for broad uses - from trail riding to arena performance events. Our goal is to remain broad in our market served so that each horse can find a suitable environment appropriate for it and will serve the owner’s needs and wants in an arena performance horse or trail riding companion. BR believes the best opportunity to achieve high customer satisfaction while meeting business economic needs is to begin with a young horse - raised or purchased, having foundation Quarter Horse Bloodlines emphasizing Lucky Blanton and Driftwood.
BR approach to developing the riding horse
The young horse will progress through the training program, being able to experience many different situations such as traffic, different farms, wildlife, different arenas, roping and simply being able to do so with or without another horse at its side. Being able to work with the young horses, disciplines are set at a young age and trust with the handler is established for experiences the horse will encounter in its future. It is also important for a horse to be a horse and be able to roam the hills with other horses when not being worked with.
Much ground work is done before the young horse is saddled. Once saddled, ground-driving is used, allowing the horse to learn the basics before it has to also encounter the rider’s weight. Ground driving is also able to avoid the excessive weight on a young horse. This methodology also allows the horse to become comfortable on its own and away from other horses. The horse also learns to turn, stop, back, walk - straight and stand still in the wide-open.
As training continues, the horse can quickly transition from ground driving through the countryside to light trail riding on horseback. Soon, horses are exposed to cattle in the arena as a means to understand if they are interested in “going to” cattle as well as to “give them a job” or a game. As the horse continues to more arena work, frequent trail riding takes place to allow the horse to stay good-natured and to relax from the speed and stress of the arena.
As the training continues, the horse is evaluated in terms of whether or will be best suited as an arena performance horse and if so, what level or what discipline - or if it would be more adapted to a trail horse and level of rider. Sometimes, our horses find a home somewhere in between whereas the horse is primarily a trail horse or used to check pastures but can also follow and hold cattle on the end of a rope.
Beginning with a young horse and making it ready for the market as described does take time and resources. Although our operation is small, we will know very well what we are selling. Given the approach of not forcing an arena horse into trail or a trail horse into an arena horse, satisfaction of the horse and rider are better. We are confident your purchase of a BR program horse will be a good investment for your competitive or other equine enjoyment expectations ...Read full bio