Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse
Farm of the Month
Glory Days Farm
Steve & Cheryl Jasinski
Steve and Cheryl Jasinki of
Glory Days Farm in West End, North Carolina, are down to earth
matchmakers. They wonít be impressed by spurs that jingle or a
cowboy complex. You canít persuade them to sell you a horse over the
phone. However if you are willing to participate in a three-to-four
day matchmaking process between horse and rider, odds are good that
the perfect trail horse awaits at Glory Days.
"We specialize in beginning
riders looking for their first horse," said Cheryl. "We have people
from all ages, all walks of life, who come to us looking for a trail
horse. Many are retired and have never ridden before, and some have
riding experience. Regardless, we require that each prospective
buyer go through the three-day process of finding the right horse.
How much time do you want to take to find the right horse? That is
the question a buyer needs to ask themselves, because our three-day
process works. Your personality and riding skill has to match the
personality and training level of the horse. A horse doesnít leave
our farm unless it matches the rider."
The three-day matchmaking
process includes education in basic horsemanship skills, on the
ground and in the saddle, trail rides through North Carolinaís
Uwharrie National Forest, and learning how to interact with horses.
"We have had people looking
to buy a horse that have never ridden," Cheryl recalled. "Many
people are older, retired, and ready to fulfill their dream of
owning a horse. We want the horse and rider to be happy, confident,
and safe. In 16 years of selling horses, we have only one horse that
we know of that has been sold to someone else. The majority of our
buyers have become friends, keep in touch, and love to let us know
about their horses. It is a real feel good business. Weíre not in it
to sell horses; we want to make a perfect match between horse and
Each year, the Jasinkiís
purchase a few select Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses and Rocky
Mountain Horses that enter the training program. Temperament,
conformation, and suitability as a trail mount are major
considerations in each horse. The youngsters complete six-to-eight
weeks of gentling, groundwork, and round pen training, in hand and
under saddle, before they are ever ridden out on the trail.
Currently there are 14 trail horses and prospects grazing the
abundant fields at Glory Days.
"The Kentucky Mountain Horse
is perfect for the job because of their calm temperament,
surefootedness, and work ethic--that is what they were bred for,"
Cheryl emphasized. "We buy youngsters from all over the United
States. They become trustworthy trail partners for endurance or
pleasure. You canít beat a mountain horse on the trail, for a
beginner or an intermediate rider."
Cherylís success as a
trainer and trail rider extends beyond the boundaries of Glory Days.
She rode her Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse partner Moonshadow to a
fourth-place finish (out of 93 riders) in a NATRAC competitive trail
ride when he was only three years old approximately eight years ago.
"Back then, not many people
outside of the south knew much about the Kentucky Mountain Saddle
Horse," said Cheryl. "Here we were at this competitive trail ride
with Arabians, Tennessee Walkers and the like. We got all kinds of
looks. When Moonshadow finished fourth you can guarantee everyone
was asking about mountain horses. Now, everybody wants to ride one."
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