For years, Blue Sky Sage has practiced and promoted a “native horse” philosophy, which is used continuously in our year ’round Horse operation. It provides a safe and effective environment for both humans and horses. This philosophy is a blending of the horsemanship methods of Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman, as well as a good sprinkling of open range practices that we have developed and integrated into the riding program. This style of horsemanship creates a well-mannered, safe, willing and enjoyable trail horse and a willing and effective human riding partner. For mental preparation, we recommend you read any books by Ray Hunt, Tom and Bill Dorrance or Buck Brannaman.
Our saddle remuda is composed of Western-type horses. This includes ranch-type Quarter Horses, Quarter/Draft cross, ranch-type Paints, and a few mustangs. These horses are gentle, sound, intelligent and are not the stereotypical “dude horse.” They are all well-suited to the faster paced riding in rough country that our experienced riders engage in, yet quiet and gentle for the less vigorous pace appropriate for novice and intermediate skill level riders. There are no gaited horses used in this operation, as gaited horses are not commonly considered a Western-type horse.