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As a little girl, I had always dreamed of owning a horse ranch. That dream came true in 1993, when I got my ranch in the interior of British Columbia, outside Kelowna. Not knowing what breed of horse I wanted to raise, I purchased two Arabians, two Morgans and  two Quarter Horses. One day I came upon an older Tennessee Walker mare in bad shape and in need of some TLC. I just couldn't leave without her. She turned out to be a very sweet old mare by the name of Breezy. (Registered as Little Breeze) 'Breezy' responded well to love and good feed, and her condition improved rapidly. She loved her box stall, and at night it became commonplace to hear "easy, Breeze, easy!" as she ran into the stall. In the spring Breezy gave us a little filly. She was so gentle and easy to handle that I found myself wanting to learn more about this breed. The more I learned the more I knew that this was a special and unique breed of horse. After my first ride on Breezy, there was no doubt left in my mind that this was the breed for me! After that ride the other horses were sold and I set out to build a quality herd of Tennessee Walkers.

 

 

I was pleased to find that Walking Horse people were friendly and helpful, and I now have a herd of  twenty Tennessee Walking Horses, and have made many new friends along the way. I lost that dear old mare at 26 years old. She was the horse that started it all, and she rests in peace here at Easy Breeze Acres.
-Colleen Snelson

  Naturally...  
Here at Easy Breeze Acres, we use only natural horsemanship methods when dealing with our horses. Our stallions run the fields with our mares just as they would in the wild, and we pasture breed them. This has been proven to increase the stallion's fertility. But more importantly, it makes for healthy, happy and manageable stallions, and prevents the extreme behavior problems found in stallions that are kept away from other horses and not permitted to socialize naturally. Our stallions are quiet and manageable around other horses, and are never handled with a 'stud chain'.

Our foals are imprinted at birth and during their first few days of life, to diminish the fight or flight instinct of this prey animal. With imprinting, people become a natural part of 'the herd', and their trust of humans and human devices comes naturally to them. The mare shown above was born at Easy Breeze Acres (a daughter of Breezy herself) and was imprinted at birth. When it came time for her to deliver her first foal she was comforted by our presence in the stall as she gave birth, and comfortable sharing her new filly with us and allowing us to handle her. Imprinted horses tend to be easier to train, and are more willing to try something new, like walking over a bridge, or loading into a trailer for the first time.
 
This mare is also pictured on the left. Although she had never seen a lake before, she walked right in when asked, and began to swim! Her lack of fear and willingness to 'give it a go' when asked to do something daunting is largely due to the fact that she was delivered at birth into the arms of a human. Trusting and obeying a person  is as natural to her as trusting and obeying her dam or any other higher ranking horse.
  Not Just a Baby Machine...  
We breed our mares every other year, so that they always get a year off from having a foal by their side. This benefits them immensely. They never 'get rusty' as so many broodmares do, because they become a riding horse and often a show horse during their year off. They also tend not to develop that sagging 'broodmare belly' by not having a foal every year. And they are well rested and fit by the time they are due to foal again, which allows their bodies to recover and replenish. All of this means that that our foals are strong and healthy, and that we have enough time to raise each one properly.
  An Early Start...  
We also ride our broodmares lightly while they have foals at their side. We ride them along the trails, over bridges, through shallow creeks, with dogs and along the road. The foals are introduced to all of these unfamiliar things while still safely at their mother's side. Once they are started under saddle, many obstacles have already been overcome.


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