A hit with the ladies and an outstanding ambassador for the Mustang breed (he got his start in Colorado’s Extreme Mustang Makeover), Blacky is a charming little fellow found on our horse riding holiday in Shell, Wyoming. He might be small (13.5hh) but he’s always one of the most requested horses with guests often trying to bundle him up and fit him into their suitcase to take him home – at that size it’s almost possible! Keep reading to find out more about this special little guy.
Name of horse: Blacky
Gelding or mare: Gelding
How did you find Blacky?
Blacky competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2011, where the ranch purchased him.
How long has Blacky been in your herd?
Blacky came to our ranch after the Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2011.
What do riding guests most love about Blacky?
Blacky is an extremely smooth horse with a wonderful trot and lope. He neck reins, stops, side passes and has a wonderful gentle nature. Though not a tall horse, he’s quite stout and has great stamina both working cattle and on the trail.
What do you as guides most love about Blacky?
He is one of the most dependable horses at the ranch. Everyone who rides Blacky loves him and when guests are riding him the wranglers don’t have to worry about his behavior. He is calm, sure footed and gets along well with other horses.
What are some of his idiosyncrasies?
Blacky is sweet. He is usually best suited to ladies or smaller guests because he is not tall. He almost always becomes our guests’ favourite horse after they ride him as he is responsive and willing. He is the most requested horse in our string and guests often want to take him home at the end of their stay. He is a wonderful ambassador for the mustang breed.
Anything else we should know about the horse’s story?
Blacky is extremely well trained. He was a top 5 finalist in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Colorado in 2011. He was trained for 90 days and then at the end of the competition was auctioned and purchased by our ranch.
If you would like to ride Blacky or another mustang, make sure you check out our ride in Shell, Wyoming.
You can also learn more about ranch owners and guides Peter and Marijn, and read some amazing feedback on this ride from globetrotters Amy Van Court and Anne Cowell.