Welcome to my farm in Eckert, Colorado!!

I have been involved with the breeding, training, showing and sales of Rocky Mountain Horses since 2001.  My central herd is mostly the chocolate
body color with a lighter mane and tail.  The horses are also registered with the KMSHA.  I've created a herd of horses with great genetics, as I've really
worked hard to match my mares with many top stallions in the breed.  

I do all of the handling and training of horses at my farm, especially the initial groundwork and intensive under saddle work.  In order to protect myself
as I get older, since 2016, I have allowed my young horses to go out to a really great colt starter for one month of initial under saddle work (before I
begin to ride them).  I hold a BS and MS in Animal Science from NMSU, having taken all of the equine courses that they offered.  As a graduate student
(for 3 years), I was the graduate assistant in the colt starting class, so I got lots of experience working with a variety of horses. When I began with the
Rockies in 2001, I had to learn all about gaited horses from the ground up.  I've done a variety of things with my horses over the years, from trail riding
and going in parades to showing them.  Along the way, I've had a handful of lessons from gaited horse trainers in this time, which helped me in my
refinement of my horses' gaits.  Rockies are naturally gaited, but their rider's horsemanship can make the difference in a good gait versus a great gait
under saddle.
I've had Rockies at my farm since 2001, and the horses are really shining these days!!  I really enjoy showing as it helps me prove what I've done with
the horses, but I also love trail riding, and doing things liked judged trail trials (trail rides with judged obstacles on the course, like in the ACTHA
competitions).  These horses are FUN and they're also very dependable.  Even the younger horses seem to have a maturity beyond their physical years.  
They are a must if you're looking for a gentle horse with a smooth ride!!
Jennifer Nichols
(Jen's Cell)
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Jennifer's Mountain Horse Farm
Rocky Mountain Horses in Eckert, CO
Riding the BLM's
Escalante Canyon
outside of Delta
Catherine Carr's Casa Of Craft
This is my sister's website--she makes all sorts of artistic
creatures, masks, instrument hooks & paintings
Rocky Mountain Horse Breed Characteristics
These horses must have a smooth (even 4-beat) gait, conformation based on breed standards, and a gentle temperament.  This breed is of a medium build, with sturdy bone structure,
large chest, and sloping shoulder and hip (for extension in gait).  Horses range in height from 14.2 to 16 hands (though mares, certified before their 3rd birthday, are acceptable at 14
hands).  A "
Certified to Breed" mountain horse will have a gold seal on their registration document, which means that they can participate in breed shows, and their offspring can be
registered in the association. The gait these horses possess is a very smooth, ambling four-beat gait (lateral), sometimes called a "singlefoot" or rack (with less animation).  The gait is
natural in the horses, however it can be influenced by conformation and a rider's ability in the saddle, so taking lessons with the folks you buy a horse from is very important, so you know
how to get the best ride out of your horse.  
The mountain horses make wonderful family additions, and are great on the trail.  Once you ride one, you'll be hooked!!   We've found that these horses have very quick minds, and are
quite easy to train.  They really are a "people oriented"  horse, that can be your best friend!
Good Gollie Miss Molly
Jen & Penny getting a
meal at the drive-thru
window at McDonald's,
June 2013
Fannie & Shelbi
Mesa Top Trail
Shelbi and Chocolate Elixir (Felix)  on
the Grand Mesa National Forest
May 2018
Jennifer & Snickerdoodles
9+ Yrs AOT Show Pleasure
Photo by Castle Photography
This area is referred to at the "Gateway to the Grand Mesa", and it's definately a beautiful place to live.  Visitors are always welcome to see our
horses, and take a test ride on the trail as well!   We have access to the trails on the Grand Mesa and the "Adobes" in the Delta area.  We also
have great riding at "Escalante Canyon" (between Grand Junction and Delta) and "Pleasure Park" near Hotchkiss.  These trails range from
mountain areas to more hilly and desert areas.  It's all great training for our horses.
Jen & Nikki at the Glade Park
ACTHA Ride:  1st Place Open!!
July 2013
Jennifer & Fannie and Allison & Felix
September 2013 Show
MH Champion & Reserve Champion!
Photo by Bob Leichliter
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"Horses for
Shelbi & Felix
June 2014
Jen & Felix
Shelbi/Poppy and Jennifer/Molly
Escalante Canyon, May 2017
Shelbi & Tarzan
Jan. 2020:  I am offering my farm for sale.   2012 home with basement,
steel building (indoor riding arena, apartment, storage), 15 acres of hay
fields, welded pipe fences, etc.  Lots of mature trees, beautiful views.  
Great riding in the area, close to town.
Jennifer & Calliope
Escalante Canyon
May 2018
RM/KM Certified Gelding
Sire of Mia, Missy & Mister
6/2020:  Lady with her red filly,
Missy, and Calliope's colt, Mister