Welcome to our online home. We only have a few foals each year, but the ones we have are in a class all their own. We are excited about 2006 because we will breed Future for the first time this year and will anxiously await his 2007 foals. Future has the gait, the disposition, and the conformation that every champion producing stallion needs. Whether you want a show horse, a well mannered and smooth riding horse, or horses to inprove your breeding stock, Future’s foal will suit your needs. And he will do that often times with extraordinary color.
Speaking of color, please take a moment to read our breeding philosophy here. You will find answers to all your questions and understand that color breeding is not only an acceptable practice, but it is also very common among horse breeders – even the ones who claim color breeding is bad for the breed. Color is only a trait and is no different than size or temperament or gait. Any breeder who claims to breed for certain bloodlines or big front ends or calm dispositions is breeding for certain traits. That is not a bad thing. In fact, it is necessary for responsible breeders to consider all the traits when making plans to breed a stallion to a mare. Just as a breeder claiming to breed Southern Playboy lines does not neglect the obvious important traits of gait and attitude, etc, neither does someone who breeds for a particular color. All of our mares and our stallion have nice foxtrotting gaits, are calm and gentle, and have stocky builds. We start with that and then add the color for a crowning touch.
Future comes from some of the best old-time breeding available in the MFTHBA today. He has an excellent foxtrot which he prefers to use at will in the pasture. He does not pace. He has a beautiful head and great bone density. He has a nice topline, full hip, and broad chest. He is stocky but is still graceful in his movements. He is intelligent, willing, and gentle. And his rare coloring is just an added bonus. If you are interested in adding a little color to your horses, take a look at Future. The dun gene is very uncommon in the gaited horse breeds. If you are not familiar with the gene, there is an information page that explains the genetics here. We know that many out there believe a horse has to be sorrel to have quality, but we strongly disagree with those people and invite them out to our farm to meet Future and our mares. It has taken years to find our horses and we have traveled many miles in search of the best of the best. We believe we have several representatives right here at the Dun Factor E.
We also offer custom graphics. If you need something for your website or something for print, let us know and we will be happy to make something for you. We have a couple of very nice print ad layouts coming out this Spring. Click here to see a sampling of our work. Email us for pricing.
Click on thumbnails for a larger view. The first page layout is a 2 page spread that will be featured in The Trail Rider’s new Spring Annual edition. I designed the layout and each individual ad on the page. There will also be a similar 1 page ad in The Gaited Horse magazine this Spring. The 3rd thumbnail is a 1 page ad for the Gaited Magazine also due out this Spring.
When I first started my horse business, I began searching for someone to design a logo for my farm. The most inexpensive designer I could find charged me $150 for a very small depiction of a foxtrotting horse in grulla coloring and my farm name below. It only took a few months to outgrow that logo, so I didn’t get much for my money. Because of this, I decided to learn to do this type of thing for myself to save money. With time, I became more and more comfortable with my capabilities, and now I am offering my services to the general public. There is a need for quality, inexpensive graphic designing that will bring nice, eye-catching work for those who want to present a professional “look” to the public, but do not have hundreds of dollars to spend doing it. To date, besides the work I have done on my website and the SEFTA website, I have created over 30 different ads for people needing magazine layout and business cards. If you would like a quote, email me and I will work with you on a design that is perfect for your needs.
You can expect something similar to the graphic above to run around $50. Larger or more involved projects will be more. I can provide print ready and/or website files. Nothing speaks to the public better than a well-designed print layout. It will help people recognize your farm and assure them of your professionalism.
Send me an email and we can start working on something for your farm today. See more individual examples below.
We do attend to the bloodlines in our horses. We look for the bloodlines we like, but we do not pass up on a mare because her breeding is different. We are very fond of Zane’s Boss Man and the Magic Marker/Sambo lines, but we also like heavy Zane Grey or Mr President lines. We try to find a nice balance between TWH lines and Saddlebred lines. We prefer the older, foundation type breeding to the newer, perhaps more well known lines.
When looking for breeding horses, we first consider the disposition of the horse. We want to see them meet us at the fence and will not own a horse that needs to be “caught” in the field. We look for bulky, square builds and good bone structure, particularly in the legs. We want small heads and we like to see heavy manes, forelocks, and tails. We like a shorter back and a hip that matches the shoulder in size. We like a nice, broad topline. We want all that in the necessary color for our program. We also want a loose, rhythmic movement. We like to see elegance and strength at the same time. We like the horse to be evenly proportioned. We insist on a gentle, kind eye.
We will not keep a horse on our property that paces. There is a place for everything, but pacing does not belong here. We realize that a pacing horse can be taught to foxtrot, but we want our horses to be square and diagonal naturally because we believe that is necessary to help ensure your foals also move diagonally.
We will never get rich raising and selling our horses. We breed them because we love the breed and because we want to preserve the dun gene lines it took us so long to find. We also want to make it easier for the next group of dun lovers to find a horse when they start their searches. We spend much of our time promoting the breed to those new to gaited horses or those who are tired of sore knees and backs from riding non-gaited horses. We believe breeding and promoting go hand in hand with any small or not very well known breed.
I’ve been told there are no true duns in our breed. Is that correct?
No, you have been misinformed. There are not many duns out there, but the numbers are growing and they have just begun to show up in the Show Ring as well. There are two known dun lines in our breed.
If I breed my mare to a dun stallion, am I guaranteed a dun foal?
No. There are homozygous duns in other breeds, but we have not found any dun to dun breeding in the fox trotting world to date. We do intend to breed dun to dun in the future and there should be some HZ duns available from time to time. But right now, all of our known duns are heterogous for the dun gene. This means they will statistically throw dun foals 50% of the time.
I want a grulla foal, so I need to breed only to a grulla stallion – right?
This statement is also incorrect. A grulla horse is a black horse with a dun gene. The horse can have two black genes or a red and black gene, either scenario with the dun gene will have a grulla foal. So one parent needs to be a dun and one parent needs to have a black gene. If those two genes are thrown, the resulting foal will be grulla.
What is the best way to get a grulla foal?
The best way is to buy one already on the ground. But if that isn’t an option, then breed a dun parent to a HZ black parent. If you can’t find a HZ black horse, then breed a black. You can also get the grulla coloring with a bay or buckskin, but if the agouti gene is also thrown, then the foal can not be a grulla.
I have a horse registered as a dun so I have a dun. Is that correct?
No. Unfortunately, we have many horses in our breed that are registered with an incorrect color. The information is only as good as the person supplying it to the registry. When a breeder registers a foal, there is no proof required to back up the color the breeder picks for the foal.
Then how do I know your horses are really duns?
If you do your color research on the dun gene, then you will have no doubts that my horses are duns. They have very obvious dun markings and come from known dun gene lines. You can find pictures of their dun factor markings on their individual web pages by clicking on their photo albums.
Is there a test for the dun gene?
No, currently there is no test for the dun gene. There has been work toward developing one and we one is made available soon. We try to stay on top of current research and will have ours tested when it becomes available.
What is a false dun?
A “false dun” is a horse that appears to have one or more dun factor markings, but is not a true dun. Generally the false markings are caused by the sooty gene and are often times called counter shading. An experienced eye and a pedigree and/or offspring from the horse in question can usually clear up the controversy.
Duns do not do well in the Show Ring. Is that a correct statement?
No. Duns are still very rare in our breed and have not been shown to any extent so far. A dun can be just as well bred and well trained as the best show horse. “Dun” is just a color gene. Our Playboy’s Country Boy line of horses is sired by the 2001 two year old World Champion Model Stallion and is the direct son of Southern Playboy. Our other dun line is out of Warrior’s Gentleman Gem, another champion. There is quite a bit of talent in the breeding of these dun horses.
If we have duns in our breed, why haven’t I seen one?
One line is located in the Northern Arkansas area and the other line is located in Northern Ohio, so if you aren’t in those areas it is possible that you haven’t seen any duns yet. But the numbers are slowly rising and it won’t be long before they start popping up in all areas of the country. One of our bred mares is now in California and is expecting a possible dun foal.
Color breeders only care about color and their horses lack everything else. True?
Of course I am going to say that is a false statement. I believe that color breeders pay even more attention to the other qualities of their mares and stallions because that misconception is out there and we have to prove it wrong over and over again. I believe breeding for color is no different than breeding for any other small trait, like strong rears or small heads. Color is just a trait. Our horses have great pedigrees, gaits, personalities, and conformations. They just happen to have a pretty package to go along with all the rest.
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