I have owned a total of five horses purchased from Gray Ranch. I have done everything from working cows to roping bulls as a pick up man at rodeos. I have used them to teach kids how to rope. They are the best all around horses I have ever owned.
Around twenty five years ago my wife Sue and I bought our first horse from the Gray Ranch and between us and our son and daughter we have owned Gray Ranch horses ever since. Attached is a photograph of the eight big ranch geldings we currently own that were born on the Gray Ranch or were sired by stallions standing there. We head or heel off of six of them and two are currently being trained by my son to hopefully mount my seven and eight year old grandsons on. The grandsons are now the main focus of our program and they use two of the roping horses to compete in play day events at the Deridder Riding Club. These roping horses have adapted well to the barrel race, poles, flag race and goat tying as well as teaching two very young cowboys how to rope.
Our other four grandchildren like to go trail riding in the woods when they come visit and the horses are versatile enough for these young riders also. When I need another horse I will go to Kent and ask him to select one for me. Kent and Becky make buying Gray Ranch horses a pleasure and have always given me good counsel on the purchases we have made.
Scotty and Sue Jacobsen
Jim and Heather Jacobsen
Ken and Beth Jacobsen Broussard
I have done the farrier work at Gray Ranch for about 30 years. Also, I have had the privilege of getting their colts ready to ride and to have their feet trimmed for the last 10 years. As I have handled hundred of their colts, I have been continually more and more amazed at the consistent improvement in the breeding program. Working with these colts even before the first haltering, I get to see their dispositions and athleticism before any other human influence. I am so convinced that they have sound minds and good dispositions that I am riding two of them myself and cannot imagine buying a horse anywhere else. I am an instructor for Dennis Reis at Universal Horsemanship and got all of my endorsements with these horses. The filly I am riding now is the most willing horse I have ever worked with. Gray Ranch horses will really go to a cow and have the stamina for a long day’s work. I consider it an honor to be asked to make a contribution in their development.
I grew up hearing good things about Gray Ranch horses, but it wasn’t until I was blessed with ownership that I could truly appreciate how awesome they are. Such careful consideration goes into the breeding of each animal that it is not by chance that the horses at the Gray become such willing partners. Gray Ranch horses are versatile, have a good mind, as well as athletic ability. I am pleased and proud to own and ride each of my Gray Ranch horses.
This is my baby Slyder. He is off the Gray Ranch in Louisiana and is out of their stallion Right This Minnick. He is a super horse and will do absolutely anything from being a finished head horse, running barrels or day work on the ranch! These kind are few and far between!
I just wanted to send a few pics and video links to show why we are so proud of our Gray Ranch gelding! Hope you enjoy them!
Our horses are expected to work anytime, anywhere. They must be very versatile. On any given day we may be working cattle in the South Louisiana marshes or prairies, the thickets of East Texas or the flint hills of Kansas. They are all on constant standby to do whatever we need them for, from cow work to ranch rodeos or versatile horse competitions on the weekends to the occasional parade. We keep a few other geldings from well known breeders in Texas as well, but we seem to saddle up the Gray Ranch horses the most. These horses are the right type and kind for anyone. Because of the breeding and training the Gray Ranch gives their horses, you are way ahead of your competition as soon as you load them in your trailer. I should also mention they are good looking as well. Our greenest Gray Ranch horse will be dragging cattle of out the brush one day and be used for equine therapy for young children the next. Because of the amount of cattle sorting we do, the Gray Ranch horses have the “cowing” ability and agility we desire and the calmness to stay collected when we get in tight spots. This quiet nature helps to keep them sound for many years to come. These days we don’t have to swim many rivers or canals, but if we did – it would be on a Gray Ranch horse!
Gray’s Silver Catalys is a favorite of ours. He is a young bay gelding by Cat Silver and a Taris Catalyst mare with a great mind and an exceptional handle. At 3 years old he was doing everything we needed on the ranch and in the arena alongside other seasoned ranch geldings. The only problem with the Gray Ranch horses is that they are “lifers”, we can’t bring ourselves to sell any of them.
Thanks to Mr. Kent and his cowboys for breeding and training some of the best ranch and performance horses in the country.
Cheyenne is 3 yrs old, out of Grays Oak. She has had a stifle problem so she is just now being saddle broke. Cory Bourque had her only 2 weeks when I went to Abbeville to see how she was coming along. I knew I was only going to see some ground work, but he decided to try her under saddle. I had not done much ground work with her to speak of and never cinched up a saddle on her. She accepted everything wonderfully and this picture I hope shows it. She never moved when he cracked the whip. I know you raise some great ranch horses, I am excited about the future rides I will have on Cheyenne. I know it takes a good trainer, but I believe it also takes a great tempered horse. Thanks for the opportunity to breed to Grays Oak.