The Lucky Hart Blog

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

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.

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.

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.

Translate Our Site To Any Language!

By luckyhart
Jun 24, 2012

Check out the new option within our site. You can now translate it to any language you wish just by simply going to the bottom of the page and selecting your preferred language from the dropdown menu. We hope this will help our over-seas viewers navigate the site more smoothly. Enjoy!