|Paint Your Barnes' Ranch is excited about this year's foal season. We pride ourselves on "imprint training" of our foals
and expect nothing but the best from them in performance and training. Their parents are champions and performance
horses that will give you the pedigree you are looking for in a quality foal. Please click on any of the trophies above to find
out more information on just some of the Champion Sires and Dams.
|2006 Junior Reining Top Finalist at the APHA World Show in Ft. Worth, Texas
2006 World Wide Paint Congress Junior Reining Futurity Champion in Wichita, Kansas
NRHA Point Earner
ROM in Reining
2006 Third at the Pinto World Show in Reining- Tulsa, Oklahoma
Sissy has been shown in Open & 14-18 events. She is gentle
and quite. She placed 2nd out of 72 entries at the Kansas 4-H
Finals at Hutchinson, Kansas in September of 1996. She was
High Point 14-18 Youth with Joshua Edgar riding and High
Point 14-18 Youth in the Missouri Paint Horse Club. She was
show in 1999-2000 in Open with Open Points in Trail, WP, and
|Duals Blue Domino (Bay/Overo Stallion - APHA 424,352) bottom pictures and Sir Quincy Red (Sorrel/Solid Stallion -
APHA 690,740) top and center pictures.
|Sir Quincy Red
Takin' a dip in the hot Oklahoma sun!
Photo & story featured in American
Paint Horse Journal.
|Number 1 Amateur in the World.
2002 Amateur Reining Horse.
Sold to Gary & Sandy Kaplan of Colorado. Polly
became the 2005 World Champion Free -Style
Reigning horse at the Paint World in Ft. Worth, TX
this past July.
|Ladys Foxy Doll (QH) 2,312,670
Dam of Debbi & GrandDam of Hot Scotch Verse.
Born July 14, 1984. Died March 15, 2004.
"We Miss Her Terribly!"
|Article Published in the July issue, 1995, of
Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Magazine: Imprint Training
by Mary Ruth Barnes
Most people who invest their time and energy in breeding have had some previous experience or training in this
procedure. Those of us who are new to foaling, rely on our fellow breeders for advice, our veterinarian and of course,
any literature or research current to the subject.
It was on this note that my husband and I read, reviewed and reread Dr. Millers' wonderful book on Imprint Training.
We felt that after 345 days of constant consultation with each other prior to the birth of our first foal and a full
understanding of our newfound " guide book", that we would be more than ready for the implementation of " imprint
training." On April 1, 1995, our beautiful AQHA maiden mare delivered the filly we had hoped and planned for. The
true test of our understanding of the methodology in this book began.
We proceeded with the four major goals that Dr. Miller stressed in his book:
1) bonding with humans
2) desensitization to other stimuli
3) sensitization to other stimuli
4) submission to humans
The first stage was what we thought to be " easy". Ha! A 150 lb. filly two hours after birth did not want to " bond with
any human." Mother was the only bonding she knew. We shortly nicknamed her "wild thing", after many sessions
that produced numerous bruises, aches and pains over various parts of our body. We rubbed and held and stroke
her every day. The mare wanted our attention more than the filly did and she was very willing to let us handle the new
born, but the filly could have cared less if we touched her or not. We worked hard at exposing the filly to brushes,
clippers, plastic bags, ropes, halters ( on and off ), picking up hoofs, and constant praise. The more we tried the
worse it seem to become. The filly would run from us as we came into the pen and would constantly want to be at
arms length from us.
We went to bed frustrated every night and for two solid weeks we continued our efforts, turning to each other with
raised eyebrows and frustrated glances. We tried not to admit to each other that this was just not working, although
we both knew that the this thought rested heavily on our minds.
Neither our efforts, nor our continual questioning of this process, gave us any real results or answers as to why this
was not succeeding.
One early morning three weeks after the filly was born, I was mucking the stall where the filly and the mare were
bonding. I had not started my imprinting yet that morning and was truly dreading the procedure. I felt a soft nudge to
my backside and continued to shovel, thinking my mare was just wanting me to pay attention to her. The nudge
came again and to my surprise, when I turned to see the mare, I found my young filly asking for me to touch her. I
stroked her neck, her ears, her face and leaned forward to reach for her front hoof. She cooperated and even raised
her hoof quietly into my hand. The imprinting continued with all the positive responses and no sign of any desire on
her part to retreat. I was so excited to tell my husband and have him try the same techniques. I ran to the house to
announce my new finding, looking like the woman who just won the lottery.
My husband was thrilled to find the filly just as cooperative with him as she had been with me. The filly continued to
grow in more knowledge of each new thing we exposed her to and with a willingness to learn from each of us.
My advice to all of you our there in the horse world who have not tried "imprint training", but are thinking about it,
remember that it is a process that does not happen over night. It is a lot of very hard work and constant dedication.
However, if you persist, the rewards are ten times the return.
The book was a huge success on our ranch and I highly recommend the purchase of Dr. Miller's
Imprint Training of the Newborn Foal.
African Pygmy Goats are great company to the colts and have
been hand raised. African Pygmies can produce over 600
gallons of milk a year and can help you provide milk to colts
that have lost their "mom." They are an asset to any horse