As a multigenerational ranching family, we are appalled at the misrepresentation that takes place in the horse world that cause so much injury and pain. Horses are large, strong and capable of causing great injury to their riders or handlers. We take very seriously our role to represent a horse accurately to a buyer in order to match horse and rider. The Stenberg Family grew up in the saddle and can handle horses in almost any circumstance. We do realize that the future of the Horse Industry is not in producing high octane performance horses for rodeo and events but rather in producing steady ranch horses for the typical horse lover.
When we have a horse that spins on a dime and can bust a cinch on a takeoff, it’s great, however that high octane horse needs to be ridden by a cowboy or eventer and will be represented as a performance horse or cowboy horse by us. When we have a horse that is quiet and steady that we have crossed rivers, been on mountain trails, and herded cattle on range, only then do we feel this horse is worthy of being called a ranch horse, a Ranch Horse does not spin circles in a herd of cattle causing them to spook. NO, a ranch horse has a calm settling effect on both cattle and their rider. This is why a true Ranch Horse is in so much demand, SAFETY!!! Only when we are confident that a horse meets this level of training, experience, and natural temperament do we represent him as a J-S Ranch Horse and recommend him for your family. NO B.S.
The term "Ranch Horse" means different things to different people. At the J - S, a ranch horse is bred, raised, broke, and trained to perform the duties required of him in a western ranch environment, mainly but not limited to, controlling, and moving cattle. Along with these cattle handling skills a ranch horse is exposed and is required to do jobs that only a rancher can probably understand and appreciate. The true Ranch Horse excels as a cow horse but his "bred in" and acquired knowledge base and exposure to "everything that can, and will go wrong" makes him in high demand as a trail horse, a kid horse, a ladies horse, a companion horse, as well as a high performance event horse. The breeding is of utmost importance when choosing a horse. There is way too much of this "sweet personality" talk by people that judge a horse by the way a horse eats sugar cubes from their hands, lifts his feet, or walks in circles in a riding arena. Go on a mountain trail ride sometime with a diversified group of riders and just relax and sit back on your Doc Bar, Blackburn, Poco Bueno, Two Eyed Jack, or like bred horse and watch as all these "sweet personality" horses, trained by some legendary "Horse Whisperer" or "Guru" in an arena and stabled in a stall become totally unraveled when they are asked to perform like a horse and end up being led down the mountain to be put back in their controlled environment.
Ranch horses by birth rite are good headed as they are bred from time honored Foundation Quarter Horse bloodlines. They learn to cope with a wide range of situations early on, following their mothers in a range herd versus growing up in a stall. They are trained with proven techniques by horsemen that will later ride them in the day to day ranch duties that only a very small select group of horses are capable of performing, the Western Ranch Horse.