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Let It Go Express

By luckyhart
Mar 10, 2014

I love a, measured at the withers,  36 - 37 inch short backed little pony.  I don't like those big long honkers.

I love a, measured at the withers, 36 -37 inch short backed little pony.  I don't like those little tiny ones.

While I like certain characteristics of individual AMHA miniature horses and Shetland Ponies, I don't like most of them as a whole.

let it go2I am so over AMHA - AMHR/Shetland and caring what the heck they do.

It is time to Let It Go and just have fun doing my thing and try to raise a new type of little pony. Maybe somebody else will like them too, some day. Maybe not.


By luckyhart
Mar 05, 2014

Poor Copy - He just doesn't fit seem to fit in.  He doesn't look like an AMHA horse although he is.  He doesn't look  like an AMHR pony-horse, but he is. Poor Copy, he just doesn't fit in anywhere, except where he is supposed to.

The American Express Pony Society is where he is meant to be.  Other than the dumb white butt, I really like him and plan on using him this year.

We are breeding for a new pony with Express Copy and they will not be copies of other breeds.  (I hope) DSC_6642 DSC_6647 DSC_6656 DSC_6673 DSC_6720 DSC_6679


By luckyhart
Jan 22, 2014

Our Program

After thirty years of raising and saving what we felt were our best mares we feel that we have the beginning of something that the pony world may appreciate.

That being, a blood line pony breed.

We will be picking out 20 -25 Express daughters and 4-5 Express sons and grandsons and then having them evaluated by professional as to soundness and correctness. These will be called the foundation stock and all descendants will originate from them. All foundation ponies will be DN'd with the University of Kentucky and some also with California.

We will call their offspring, all of which will be DN'd and Parent Qualified, the American Express Ponies.  They will be named after Express, the sire or grandsire of our foundation mares and stallions, if they live up to my expectations.

Although the breed will be named after Express, it is through the combination of him and many generation of Lucky Hart bred mares that this breed is based on.

I have been basically scoffed at for presuming to even attempt such an endeavor.  What the heck, what will it hurt?  If nothing else it will get a few more already registered horses DN'd.

All Society Ponies will be registered first with either or both of the two well known and established miniature organizations, in order to authenticate  their ancestry through their respective stud books. We will use their stud books to keep track of the new little pony  with matching names and DN recording on all papers. This also gives these new little ponies a place to be shown. It also insures that their pedigree is still documented in case something happens to me, before I can turn the ponies and their paperwork over to someone that gives a hoot.

So here goes.  We hope to have most of the foundation mares and stallions chosen, DN'd and issued their new foundation papers by the end of the year 2014.

In June of 2015 the first of the DN'd, parent qualified AEPS ponies should begin to be registered into the Society.

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By luckyhart
Jan 22, 2014

Certificate-Template_2Time - Where did it go?  I used to say, "That’s all I have." Now I know that it is what I don't have. It seems like yesterday that my family and the new world of miniature horses were so young. There were so many good times. Time has been good to us at the Lucky Hart. The kids have turned out to be wonderful productive young adults, and The Lucky Hart has produced some really special miniature horses. However, the winds of Time are blowing in a different direction for us as a family and for me as a breeder of miniature horses. I now feel that it is as it should be. Like so many my age, I have had a hard time letting go of the past, being sort of stuck in Time. Although I knew in my brain that this happens to everyone, I just didn't feel it was my Time. Now it is my Time, and through the course of the last few months, I have come to realize that it can be a wonderful Time. It is a Time of freedom and of letting go of what I can't do and, at least for a few more years, concentrating on what I want to do. It is a Time of reflection and it is also a Time of realization that what is important to me is probably  not to anyone else. So with no promises and lots of great expectations, I am heading into a new world of little ponies, that I like. They will, of course, be registered with already existing registries, but these few chosen ones, will be my legacy. I plan to have the Time of my life. American Express Pony Society - Renee LaBarre Reiten - Lucky Hart Ranch

American Express Pony Society

By luckyhart
Dec 28, 2013

I am excited to share the start of something very old and very new for us. By using two already established registries and their stud books for record keeping,we will be able to record and document ancestry though DNA testing and Parent Qualifying. These few ponies that we have chosen will be the foundation for a new and different type of American Pony.    Certificate-1_2Much more to come about this new type of small equine and our plans.

Happy New Year

By luckyhart
Dec 28, 2013

Here's wishing your and yours a great 2014.  May all 365 days each be full of humor, hugs and horses.DSC_0132 cr Love this photo taken by Sandy Revard.


Puck Was The Man!!!!

By luckyhart
Oct 03, 2013

Puck left us a few years, back. I'm a tough old bird, and never did cry- until last night. Thanks to Mary and Michael and Emily, he will live on for along time. This how I remember him best, he owned the ground he stood on.

Lucky Harts Laura Lee

By RealCove
Oct 01, 2013

Offered for Sale - 2012 "R" filly. She's big, she is beautiful and she is a lover. Her knees don't hit her eyeballs but she covers twice as much ground as most. She is a little longer backed than I like for halter, but maybe the George head would get you by. Offered for sale to someone that wants to drive and knows how to do it. Have a million pictures of her.

For parents who complain about the cost of horses...

By luckyhart
Sep 26, 2013

Very often we hear parents at the riding school complain about the cost of horses. While we know they eat a hole in the pocket, a father recently shared why he forks out for the animals. We’ve copied this from Facebook and definitely think you’ll enjoy the read:

My daughter turned sixteen years old today; which is a milestone for most people. Besides looking at baby photos and childhood trinkets with her, I took …time to reflect on the young woman my daughter had become and the choices she would face in the future. As I looked at her I could see the athlete she was, and determined woman she would soon be. I started thinking about some of the girls we knew in our town who were already pregnant, pierced in several places, hair every color under the sun, drop outs, drug addicts and on the fast track to no-where, seeking surface identities because they had no inner self esteem. The parents of these same girls have asked me why I “waste” the money on horses so my daughter can ride. I’m told she will grow out of it, lose interest, discover boys and all kinds of things that try to pin the current generation’ s “slacker” label on my child. I don’t think it will happen, I think she will love and have horses all her life.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she has compassion. She knows that we must take special care of the very young and the very old. We must make sure those without voices to speak of their pain are still cared for.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she learned responsibility for others than herself. She learned that regardless of the weather you must still care for those you have the stewardship of. There are no “days off” just because you don’t feel like being a horse owner that day. She learned that for every hour of fun you have there are days of hard slogging work you must do first.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she learned not to be afraid of getting dirty and that appearances don’t matter to most of the breathing things in the world we live in. Horses do not care about designer clothes, jewelry, pretty hairdos or anything else we put on our bodies to try to impress others. What a horse cares about are your abilities to work within his natural world, he doesn’t care if you’re wearing $80.00 jeans while you do it.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she understands the value of money. Every dollar can be translated into bales of hay, bags of feed or farrier visits. Purchasing non-necessities during lean times can mean the difference between feed and good care, or neglect and starvation. She has learned to judge the level of her care against the care she sees provided by others and to make sure her standards never lower, and only increase as her knowledge grows.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned to learn on her own. She has had teachers that cannot speak, nor write, nor communicate beyond body language and reactions. She has had to learn to “read” her surroundings for both safe and unsafe objects, to look for hazards where others might only see a pretty meadow. She has learned to judge people as she judges horses. She looks beyond appearances and trappings to see what is within.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned sportsmanship to a high degree. Everyone that competes fairly is a winner. Trophies and ribbons may prove someone a winner, but they do not prove someone is a horseman. She has also learned that some people will do anything to win, regard-less of who it hurts. She knows that those who will cheat in the show ring will also cheat in every other aspect of their life and are not to be trusted.

Because my daughter grew up with horses she has self-esteem and an engaging personality. She can talk to anyone she meets with confidence, because she has to express herself to her horse with more than words. She knows the satisfaction of controlling and teaching a 1000 pound animal that will yield willingly to her gentle touch and ignore the more forceful and inept handling of those stronger than she is. She holds herself with poise and professionalism in the company of those far older than herself. Because my daughter grew up with horses she has learned to plan ahead. She knows that choices made today can effect what happens five years down the road. She knows that you cannot care for and protect your investments without savings to fall back on. She knows the value of land and buildings. And that caring for your vehicle can mean the difference between easy travel or being stranded on the side of the road with a four horse trailer on a hot day.

When I look at what she has learned and what it will help her become, I can honestly say that I haven’t “wasted” a penny on providing her with horses. I only wish that all children had the same opportunities to learn these lessons from horses before setting out on the road to adulthood.

My own real little HORSE :)

By luckyhart
Sep 24, 2013

Reserve Champion in his class Tibbs El Ex Tango Mi Amigo is home in the barn! I hate that it is so cold that he has to have a blanket on, all I want to do is sit out there and look. I have waited along time to own a real little HORSE.

Congratulations Susan Hallmark!!!!!

By luckyhart
Mar 04, 2013

A huge thank you to Susan Hallmark on her purchase of Lucky Harts Private Alley. Alley is now home in Texas with Lyn Yung. You never know, but we are hoping she takes after her father Puck and brother Two Buck Chuck and drives like a dream for Susan. Big Al is pretty special to us as both Puck and Lawdy Miss Klaudie are gone now.

Lucky Harts Private Alley, Lucky Hart Ranch, Miniature Horse

A Whole New Lucky Hart

By luckyhart
Dec 19, 2012

I would like to take a moment to let you know that 2013 is going to be a new era  for the Lucky Hart Ranch.  From here on out it is all about you.  I will kill myself trying to breed and raise a horse that pleases you.  I may not be able to so, but I will try. You are not buying just a horse from us, but rather a piece of me. You are not buying a registry, but rather a piece of me. When that horse leaves here with the Lucky Hart name on it, part of me goes on that trailer too. It doesn't make any difference how many different sets of papers that horse carries, those registries don't give a hoot what that horse is like.  I do. I doesn't go with the Lucky Hart name until both you and I think it is good enough.

Renee LaBarre Reiten - Lucky Hart Ranch

Its What We Do and Who We Are.

By luckyhart
Dec 18, 2012

Its What we Do and Who we are.

The Lucky Hart Ranch is not about fancy stuff.  It's not about fancy barns, it is not about new pickups.

The Lucky Hart Ranch is about raising good horses.

Oh, it would be nice to have fancy stuff, but the horses don't care.

Horses care about good food and clean water.

Horse care about being safe, comfortable and protected from the weather and having a good dry place to take a nap.

Horses care about being secure and sure of themselves amongst their own.

And most of all horses care about room.  Horses have to have room to think that they are free while being safely contained.

So that is what we do.

We feed them.

We protect them.

And most importantly we give them room to be horses.

Some of our horses actually seem to like us, and will do what is asked of them, if handled gently and carefully, however I feel that the basics of raising good horses is still nutrition, protection, security and room.

Thanks to All!

By luckyhart
Dec 18, 2012

Thanks To All...

I would like to thank everyone, that has made 2012 another wonderful year for us.  They include family, relatives and of course horse friends old and new.

A special thanks goes to Josh Tibbs and the whole Tibbs family.  Along with all the ribbons they also made the 2012 show year fun for me.  And really, these days, what else is there, in this business.  You have to love horses and you have to be having fun with your horses.  The Tibbs family does both and so do I.  We love the horses and we love to laugh.

So with that in mind I would like to perhaps give you a little insight as to where all this love of fun and laughter comes from - for us.

Just click and Santa and his reindeer will take you to the Lucky Hart History Page. Hope you enjoy.  Then feel free to move around our site.

In the coming  week our sale catalog will be in full in distribution with many new horses for your consideration.

With only our customers in mind, 2013 will be ushering in a whole new type of horse for your consideration and a whole new philosophy as to how we feel about the miniature horse industry. We hope you approve, and we will continue to strive to do our best in breeding and raising a horse for you.

In this most wonderful of all seasons we wish you and all of yours the very best. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, As Always, Renee

About the Lucky Hart Homeland

By luckyhart
Dec 17, 2012

Hi out there, my name is Renee LaBarre Reiten and I thought you might like to know a little more about where I call home. I live on the Reiten family farm in northern North Dakota, USA. We are sometimes mistakenly thought of as a small Canadian Provence, but we are a state. Our State is very sparsely populated and very conservative and very rich. Our state has so much money that we don't know what to do with it. The reason we have so much money in our treasury is because we are very tight. We also have a lot of rich people in our state, who are mostly over the age of 70. But you would never know that these old people are rich. They are not ones to give up on anything just because it has a little age on it. They also would never want to put on the dog and appear to be trying to shame those who are not so well off. Consequently everyone kind of looks the same in North Dakota. North Dakota is a terrible place to live if you want to be on welfare. It isn't that most of us would not help out anyone that needed a helping hand, but what most consider poverty level living is a much higher standard of living than our old millionaires have. We don't spend much on luxuries and the finer things, until it comes to our farming and our livestock. Only the best then. You see it is perfectly OK to put it in the local newspaper that you took Grand Champion Steer at the local fair. That is not bragging. It is perfectly okay to say that you were the winner of the homemade jelly contest. That is not bragging. We can't be prideful of ourselves- that's a sin, but we can be proud of our produce. Our pride can only come from our accomplishments. Our state is basically Agriculture. We have two seasons, 'winter and summer' and summer is spent getting ready for winter. We are always in a hurry getting ready for winter. A high percentage of our population are college educated because there isn't that much else for the kids to do in the winter. We used to be pretty healthy and skinny, but we have been getting fatter the last few years along with the rest of the country. Our population is getting older. Most of our college educated kids went to cool places were they found high paying jobs, but some of them are coming back now, penniless, thinking that rich old mom and dad and grandma and grandpa can't live forever, but I don't think that many will stay once they get the farm. Maybe some. But, those that stay, those lucky kids. Oh, to be able to do it again. It has been a party. I have been able to live somewhere that is pretty much the way it was a thousand years ago. I wish I could have seen it when it was still all native prairie grass and not a tree, but we haven't wrecked everything yet. I wake each day and love to get out there and just sit with the horses and cattle. You can almost see the grass grow in the summer, and sometimes the breezes carry in smells that bring on dejavu feelings that you can't quite place, but somehow you know you belong here. In the winter it is so cold and clear and quiet that you can actually hear the cold. The nights are so clear that when I lay down in a snowbanks and shine my flashlight to the sky I think my little light travels forever. But, we only get one shot at things, I think, and I am glad of my choice to live in North Dakota and raise little horses. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity in life to live where I wanted, with whom I wanted and do what I wanted to do. So now as I am getting older I have no regrets, I gave it my best shot and have no guilty feelings about bragging that I think I have raised some pretty nice little horses.

Election Day - Another One Come and Gone

By luckyhart
Nov 07, 2012

I love Election Day. I can remember like it was yesterday, everyone huddled around the TV watching the Kennedy election. We had the Catholic side of the family on one side of the room and the Lutherans on the other. Voting was at the country school house so, no school. This country is so great, we can voice our opinion and fight and then all have a beer and tell a good joke when it is all over.

This is my favorite joke of the year.President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office when his telephone rang.

"Hello, President Obama," a heavily accented Norwegian voice said. "'Dis here is Sven, over here at the Liquor Store in Lakota, North Dakota . Ve don't like some a yer policies so I am callin' to tell ya that we are officially declaring war on ya!"

"Well, Sven," Barack replied, "This is indeed important news! How big is your army?"

"Right now," said Sven, after a moment's calculation, "there is myself, my cousin Knute, my next-door-neighbor Ole, and the whole pool team from the Four Seasons Bar."

Barack paused, "I must tell you Sven that I have one million men in my army waiting to move on my command."

"Wow," said Sven, "I'll haf ta call ya back!"

Sure enough, the next day, Sven called again. "Mr. Obama, da war is still on! We have managed to acquire some infantry equipment!"

"And what equipment would that be, Sven?" Barack asked.

"Vell sir, ve got two combines, a bulldozer, and three big farm tractors."

President Obama sighed. "I must tell you Sven, that I have 16,000 tanks and 14,000 armored personnel carriers. Also I've increased my army to one and a half million since we last spoke."

"All right den, said Sven. "I'll be getting back to ya."

Sure enough, Sven rang again the next day... "President Obama, da war is still on! We have managed to git ourselves airborne! We up an' modified Ole's ultra-light vit a couple'a shotguns in da cockpit, and four big boys from the coffee shop haf joined us as vell!"

Barack was silent for a minute then cleared his throat.

"I must tell you, Sven, that I have 10,000 bombers and 20,000 fighter planes. My military complex is surrounded by laser-guided, surface-to-air missile sites. And since we last spoke, I've increased my army to TWO MILLION!"

"Two million you say?," said Sven, "l'll haf' to call you back."

Sure enough, Sven called again the next day. "President Obama! I am sorry to have to tell you that we have had to call off this here war."

"I'm sorry to hear that," said Barack. "Why the sudden change of heart?"

Vell, sir," said Sven, "we've all sat ourselves down and had a long chat over a few beers, and come to realize that there's yust no vay ve can feed two million prisoners."


Who do you love?...

By luckyhart
Oct 18, 2012

Everybody is all like "I love Obama" or like "I love Romney" and I'm like over here "I love wine!"... Two Buck Chuck to be more spacific. He's got my vote, and at the World Show he had the judges vote as well. Congrats Chuck and Michael & Mary!!!!!!

Doc said I'm good for another 20

By luckyhart
Sep 21, 2012

Lucky Harts American Express CopyI had my every decade check up and got a clean bill of health, so I am in no hurry to sell. So if you are not in a hurry to buy, give me a call. I left about 50 mares open and will breed to your choice of Express Stallions next summer if you want to. You pick the mare and the stallion. I am not one to rush into anything and if you are like me and like take your time, maybe I have something that may interest you. Pictured is Copy, an Express son that we will be trying in 2013. Although everything must go within the next 20 years you do still have time. Give me a call.

Michael and Mary Visit....

By luckyhart
Aug 17, 2012

Michael and Mary Collings showed up here at the Lucky Hart with a with a case of Two Buck Chuck (Trader Joes opened in Fort Worth).

They came in search of the perfect alfalfa for those Puck babies. And also to help celebrate Old Yellers turning over 16,000 miles. Michael says she's good for another 16000. We went to Seldom Rest Acres yesterday and Triple K's today. Lots of fun.

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The NEW Miniature

By luckyhart
Jun 27, 2012

Miniature Horses, lucky hart ranchTwenty-five to thirty years ago when ASPC decided to create a division for miniature horses, they made a division for the over 34 inch horse. I think they did this in order to have a place for the horses that went over 34 inches, and also to allow the breeding down of the larger ones and, of course, to make money.

I don't think they did it to influence the size of the Shetland Pony.  I also don't think they did it to create a new pony - horse.  But, it has done just that. It has changed the Shetland Pony and it has created a New Horse.

You see twenty+ years ago, a few of us saw this as a chance to honestly create something different.  And we have used the AMHR stud book to do it.  It is called the  STRAIGHT AMHR B horse (for lack of better name).  And it is, although most AMHR judges don't know it, a little horse with its own look.

If we had wanted to raise Shetland Ponies or any other breed we would have.  But, the problem with that for me, is that when you do that, you get the same old thing.  When you honestly breed two horses of the same breed you get that breed.  If you breed a short Shetland Pony to a short Shetland Pony, all you get a short Shetland Pony.

I didn't want that, I wanted to be part of something new.  Well, it took a long time to get something New,  but we are close. I am not saying that this New little horse is better, I am just saying that I like it, and it is different.

Twenty years ago we registered some small Welsh AMHR, then through the years we registered some AMHA oversized AMHR, and then there were the Shetlands registered AMHR.  They were all AMHR. We used individuals with characteristics that we liked and were legally allowed by AMHR.

We are very excited to present some of these horses and will only be registering and breeding those that will more establish their own identity . I don't know if they will stand the test of time, but I love the way some of them look and after all I'm the only one I have to please.  So, if you are tired of the same old thing check into - The Straight R Miniature Horse - Ours are called  AMERICAN EXPRESS HORSES.  It really isn't fair that Express gets all the credit for these horses, as so many generations of other horses have gotten us to this point, but he is the one that has complemented the mares of the Lucky Hart, so I guess I'll name them after him.

Our Website is being updated and through the course of the summer there will be lots of horses pictured, most for presentation, but a few will be offered for sale.  Thanks much for reading and thank you to the American Shetland Pony Club for giving me the opportunity to try to do something different and New.

Renee LaBarre Reiten, Lucky Hart Ranch.