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Lad's Black Buster in the meadow, inspecting the two mares.
Lad's Black Buster in the meadow, inspecting the two mares he has been breeding
already the day before. It's TWH Pride's Dutch Dixie and a gaited German Trotter mare.

We are happy to be able to offer you various services. They range from all aspects of breeding to advice and lessons in training, riding and showing your Tennessee Walker or your gaited horse. Horse haulage is also one of our services. Please check out the section ďOur StallionsĒ for information on our currently available Tennessee Walking Horse studs and their breeding fees. On the page ďBreeding ContractĒ you can notice some other fees. All other services are handled on private treaty.

Buster's Fair Leroy at  the Rheinisches Pferdestammbuch
One of our activities is presenting a stallion before an inspection commission. Here's young Buster's Fair Leroy at the premises of the Rheinisches Pferdestammbuch in Aachen, Germany.

Breeding a foal of your own is a beautiful experience. Itís not always easy though, to get a mare in foal and surely in the process of pregnancy and giving birth, diseases and even death are lurking. Veterinary advice and treatment may be crucial for a positive result. For that purpose, we offer boarding for mares about to foal, with veterinary supervision.
For breeding, we advise on the choice of a stallion, the combination of bloodlines, avoiding hereditary diseases and of course on veterinary aspects. Mares having problems to get in foal can be inspected (rectally) and treated at our farm. We also perform scanning for early pregnancy detection.


On further inspection of Pride's Dutch Dixie's willingness to be bred, Lad's Black Buster urges her at her side.  Although she shows interest, on this occasion her heat was over and Buster left her in peace.

For the actual breeding of your mare to one of our stallions there are several possibilities. First, there is the choice of natural breeding versus artificial insemination. Natural breeding can be beautiful but there are risks going with it. There is a greater chance for transmission of venereal diseases as well as the risk for harm by kicking or biting by the stallion or by the mare.

Postmark Delight covering Nete
Postmark Delight breeding TWH mare, A New Golden Time, with a second handler holding the mare and the rope constraining a hind leg,
which is arranged for immediate release if necessary.

We handle your mare and our stallion with care, always estimating the readiness of the mare and knowing about the behavior of our studs. If deemed necessary, protective measures are taken, like the restriction of a hind leg of the mare.
There is the possibility, if the mare is behaving well, to turn her out in the pasture with her stallion, but only after a successful breeding with both animals on the lead. Artificial insemination has itís advantages but there are extra costs involved, see the Breeding Contract. Also, not having to travel with your mare is a great bonus.
Buster's Fair Leroy and partbred TWH mare Pearl
Buster's Fair Leroy and partbred TWH mare Pearl (out of gaited German Trotter) are roaming the meadow together for pasture breeding
Buster's Fair Leroy and partbred TWH mare Pearl
Here's an actual breeding taking place. If you look closely, you see that human aid is still offered at the near side of the horses

Postmark Delight and Maryan
Postmark Delight and Maryan

As for activities with your Tennessee Walker or your gaited horse we offer advice and lessons for show and competition, for training, riding and starting under saddle as well as for driving. Our emphasis is on riding the horse, but we surely can help with driving too.

On Buster's Fair Leroy, I received advice from Diane Gueck, American TWH trainer from Cheveaux Stables in Oregon.
On Buster's Fair Leroy, I received advice from Diane Gueck, American TWH trainer from Cheveaux Stables in Oregon.

In the very heart of Amsterdam, the riding hall of the famous Hollandse Manege, I received side-saddle riding instruction by Mr. Aafjes, on Lad's Black Buster.
In the very heart of Amsterdam, the riding hall of the famous Hollandse Manege, I received side-saddle riding instruction by Mr. Aafjes, on Lad's Black Buster.

For riding, we use three different ways or styles; two ways to ride in English style and the Western style. For English riding with a Tennessee Walker we use American flat saddles (cut back saddles) and other gear designed for this breed. Instruction is also offered for riding side-saddle with an English Champion and Wilton saddle. For Western style riding (Billy Cook saddle), we may also use bitless bridles like a side-pull or Lindel. Emphasis is laid on a correct riding style like English-American equitation. We consider it of even of more importance to ride with a light hand, guiding the horse mainly with the seat and equilibrium and minimal aids with the legs and over the bit. If youíre able to ride your horse in several gaits including the canter, without any tack, we consider you as an accomplished rider. Fortunately for many of us, itís not necessary to reach this stage to be a happy horse rider. Anyway, it would be very foolish and irresponsible to go out on our busy streets without any tack on the horse, no matter how good the mutual understanding may be!

Lad's Black Buster was taught to trot on command at the lunge line.
Lad's Black Buster was taught to trot on command at the lunge line.

With training, weíre eclectic, incorporating advice and methods of many teachers. The lineup of teachers starts with the Greek Xenophon, whose writings are well worth reading! Lungeing is always a part of the training, where it is used to assess the horse's development and gaits to determine which disciplines it is best suited for. Lungeing also offers a good opportunity to teach the horse oral commands to go in a certain gait. With starting under saddle we gradually get the horse accustomed to the bit and the way itís used, by combining a bit and a device to put some pressure on the bridge of the nose. E.g. a plain flexible bit combined with a short-shanked hackamore. A combination of being patient as well as firm with the horse and also understanding itís behavioral intentions, does deliver results!

Pride's Dutch Dixie was started under the saddle with a flexible bit (a Nathe bit) combined with a short shanked hackamore.
Pride's Dutch Dixie was started under the saddle with a flexible bit (a Nathe bit) combined with a short shanked hackamore.

Here's young Leroy, already used to the snaffle, with rope reins attached to a halter for some pressure on the nose if necessary.
Here's young Leroy, already used to the snaffle, with rope reins attached to a halter for some pressure on the nose if necessary.

For horse haulage, we can transport your horse with our truck and trailer combination, e.g. for the transport of your new horse imported from America! Usually, horses enter Europe at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. It is also recommended to fly with the K.L.M., the Royal Dutch Airlines, as they provide utmost care and professional handling of your horse. From there, we can fetch horses and deliver them at their new address, with veterinary supervision on the way and of course driven by a professional and experienced truck driver!

Postmark Delight being led to a mare. The big horse trailer is visible  in the background
For a breeding on the lead, Postmark Delight is being led towards the mare, who is standing ready. 
Our big horse trailer is visible in the background.

Our big horse trailer has conveniences like a kitchen and sleeping places. Originally it was designed for transport of six horses, but we added a storage room and itís now modified for the transport of four horses. Weíre used to driving all over Europe and also to driving at the left side of the road in England, and would be happy to deliver your newly imported Tennessee Walker to your doorstep!

Henk and his son Stephan with a "workhorse" they can handle very well!

Last Updated: February 09, 2010