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ZGC Carmella

Wow!  What a great way to start off the 2007
foaling season!  Carmella is a curly palomino
Missouri Fox Trotter Filly with one short
sock and a small star.  Now there are three
non-WPT curly palomino MFT's in the world!
: )  Carmella is also one of only 7 palomino
curly MFT's in the entire world!  She will be
registered with the MFTHBA and the ICHO
and she is a very dark golden color and
should turn out to be as gorgeous as her
half-sister, Cocoa.  She has no Walker's
Prince T. or Sir Patrick in her bloodlines and
dam is a high quality MFT mare. Her
conformation is beautiful and she can be
bred to any curly or straight stallion (except
her sire) while maintaining curly genetic
diversity in her offspring.

 As usual, this one is as sweet and friendly
as can be and boy does she LOVE a good
scratch!  She already leads and stands tied
and loves to play in the water.  She moves
like a dream and is beautifully smooth gaited
in the pasture.  When mature, Carmella will
make for one of the finest riding horses
anywhere!  She has nice reach to move you
down the trail and you can already see that
the ride will be excellent!

This girl gets more gorgeous as the weeks
move along.  Carmella is EXACTLY what we
want for our breeding program, but so is her
half sister, Cocoa, and we have come to the
conclusion that we can only keep one of
these girls.  So, at this time we offer
Carmella for sale.

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Congratulations to the Hansen
Family in Northern Utah!

Below is an email written to us from Carmella's owner, Brad Hansen.  Thank you so much,
Brad for writing us!!  We LOVE to hear about how our foals are doing!!

Carmella (We call her Meg because my daughter thought she looked like the color of nutmeg)

Meg is the first horse to greet you when you come to the farm. She loves to run and play in the field (especially with her
best friend Jag our 8 year old buckskin gelding). Her disposition is very kind and willing. She is a horse that anyone can
enjoy from the demanding trail rider who likes to move out quickly with a smooth sure footed ride to the little girl who hasn't
ridden before and wants to ride a nice kind horse. She will let you climb all over her, pick up her feet, and do anything to her
as long as you are kind. Our cat Gideon jumps on her back regularly and she just lets him play there. She is very trusting.
Meg has been a joy to train from day one. Once you teach her she remembers what was taught and doesn't need to be
reminded. One thing about Meg that is a bit of a negative is that she is a grudge holder. Soft gentle training methods are
best. If you use harsh or aggressive training methods then she responds poorly and will remember it and the person who
inflicted it. Our trainer Jared Callister said the following at the conclusion of her 30 day training.

1- She is one of the most smart teachable colts he had ever worked with. Responds to very soft and subtle cues.
2- Meg is very sure footed for a young horse. It is like she was born in the mountains. He mentioned that he had not seen
that sure footed action except in mustangs.

3- He said her foxtrot is very natural and had a nice flow.
4- He said Meg is very athletic and tough. He was impressed at how tough her feet are. He trained her in some rocky areas
and herded cows and her feet were like a mustang. (note: Meg is a barefoot horse)

5- Meg is very soft mouthed and responds to even the slightest lift of the rein. She holds a snaffle bit in her mouth with no
stress from the bridle. She holds it where she wants it.

6- Meg makes me look like a wonderful trainer.
7- Jared said that after 30 days she was at the stage of a seasoned 5 year old. Very quick learner.
8- Lastly he said Meg is the horse to choose to ride when you go to the stable for a reliable enjoyable mount.
At the ripe old age of 29 months Meg is quite far along in being the perfect fox trotter.
Great conformation, athletic, beautiful dark palomino markings (long curly white main), gorgeous head (small star on the
center of forehead), kind and gentle disposition, energetic, will move out quickly. Meg is still a bit on the small side but are
hopeful that she will grow closer to the size of her Dam (Della) who is 16 hands. On my first ride since the completion of the
training we rode down a busy road in the city of Bountiful. The stimulation was all around us (cars, joggers, street workers,
lawn mowers, etc.) but Meg with her trusting attitude took it all in stride because she trusted me. I am very fortunate to own

Brad Hansen

Carmella at 3 years old.  Thanks for the pictures Brad!!!
I went on a four hour ride with the Back Country horseman in the Monte
Cristo area behind Caseau Lake.  Very tough, rocky, country with thick trees
and many water crossings, mud bogs and such but very beautiful.  I decided
to take Meg instead of Jag and she was fantastic.  She led the ride and
pushed everyone to move, move move.  There were 2 other foxtrotters, 1
rocky mountain gaited horse and one Tennesse walker. and they could not
believe how fast Meg moved and how sure footed.  During Lunch time I just
took her bridle off and let her graze without any restraint.  Everyone else 12
horses tied up.  I got several warnings from others that I might be walking
out.  I just smiled.  When ready to go I just walked up put her bridle on and
led the ride out.  Everyone was very impressed with the exception of a few
quarter horse riders as they were sore from all the bouncing from the hard
trot on the way out.

Brad Hansen