HIP #058

Snaffle Bit Ranch

Consignor Bio

  • Kid Horse - Started
  • Ranch Horse - Finished
  • Parade Horse - Started
  • Trail - Finished

On Scale of 1-10 = 3
horse disposition scale
Sex: Mare
Color: Black and White Paint
Height: 15.1
Weight: 1340
Registration Status: Grade, Not Registered
Registration Number:
Date of Birth: April 26, 2017
Age in Years (Grade): 4
VIDEO | Piper

Piper is a coming 5 year old gypsy X shire X quarter horse mare. She is 15 hands and 1400 lbs and wears a size 3 shoe. She is a nice mover and she is easy to ride. She neck reins and is easy to catch. She was started when she was two and has been nothing but an easy horse to work with from the time she was brought home. She is curious and always comes up for a scratch and to check out what is going on.

Piper was bred by the Triple F Ranch in Medina, ND and was foaled on April 26, 2017. She is out of the gypsy x shire stud, Laurel’s Sir Ivanhoe, a registered drum horse and a shire X quarter horse mare called Roxy. She spent the first 6 months of her life following her dam up and down the fields of Medina as her dam was used to put up hay the old fashioned way with a horse pulled hay mower, rake and baler. The drive to Medina was long from Riverton where the Snaffle Bit Ranch is located, but, the flashy little filly was worth the trip even in the middle of winter. The wait to start Piper seemed unending, but finally the day came to saddle her and put the first ride on her. It was nothing to prepare her to be ridden. The time spent alongside her dam, her easy going nature, and the knowledge of starting horses that Justin has acquired over the years, combined into an quick first lesson. He was horseback in no time and ready to take her to work on the easy days.

The first rides are always short and sweet, but Piper advanced quickly due to her willing nature. Being started right allowed her to develop a sound mind while learning the skills that the very best ranch horses possess, like where to position herself to give the roper a good shot every time. Piper went to work from her very first days - working cattle pens, sorting pairs, and even roping cattle.

It is nothing for her to stand tied to the trailer for part of a day waiting her turn to be used on the ranch or tied to the hitching post while she is waiting her turn to work in the arena. Piper earned her trusted mount status very young as it seemed that nothing bothered her. It wasn’t very long before kids were being ponied on her and finally, until they were turned loose on her in the arena. When it was time to work the cows, she held herd with a 9 year old on her back. Because of this, she had to learn how to let kids climb on her back from the fence and with a gentle click she will come right over to pick up the little cowboys and cowgirls.

Though the jobs that Piper was required to perform on the ranch never changed with her age, her skill at performing them has been tuned each year as she continues to be the go to horse when it’s time to shake out a loop. She has held her own when running down wild cows and holding one while it is doctored out in the field. She has been used so many times to load a cow out in the field onto the trailer or to lead one back to the corral. She is the strongest horse on the end of a rope that Justin has ever owned.

Piper has been used for hunting in the mountains and packing elk. She went up the East Fork of the Winds and hauled out an elk last year, and this year she got to see some new country when she headed up the Greybull River on an elk hunt. Never the quitter, she hauled the hunters up the mountain to find their elk and then packed the elk down the mountain. The next chance she got, she headed up the Wiggins Fork and hauled 2 elk out of there. Even with a rider aboard that had never before ridden a horse, Piper never broke stride when they came to an old wooden bridge.

She has seen the dry hills east of Riverton where she has been used too many times to count rounding up cattle. She has been to brandings all over Wyoming including at the Pitchfork, the Philp Sheep Company, the Flitner Ranch, and so many more.

There has never been a day of work at which Piper didn’t pull her weight. She has done it over and over and looked good while doing it. She has the qualities that make her the horse that everyone wants to ride, as evidenced the other day when our friend’s five year old asked to stop by and pick her up on their way to the roping. She will go where you point her and she will do it willingly. Piper will be hard to let go. She will really be missed at the Snaffle Bit Ranch by all the cowboys, big and small.
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