Our Horses

Spring Spurs current Stud Book registered stallion; Red Robin (ASHLASTUD SIMPLY RED) working in the Spring Spur round yard. Take a look at his pedigree on the ASH Online Stud Book by entering his registration number 186699 in the search field.

Spring Spur Australian Stock Horses are bred and trained on the property, work hardened in the High Country and offered for sale as strong, steady, well adjusted 6-year-old horses.

Foundation

Origins of Spring  Spur Stock  Horse  Stud

  • 1987 Leased foundation ASH Sire Inka  Gold, featuring Radium, Abbey & Bobby Bruce bloodlines.
  • 1988 Purchased registered QH mare Leesa Bluegrass
  • 1992 Bred foundation mare Mitta  Mitta
  • 2008 Purchased registered ASH stallion Simply Red, with Red Oak & Fenton Melody bloodlines.
  • 1990 – 2012 Purchased other ASH registered mares, and proven High Country bred mares
  • Spring Spur mares covered by outside ASH stallions
  • 2009 – 2011 Barwidgee –  Ashlar ASH Stud
  • 2009 – 2012 Future Direction – Ashlar ASH Stud

Breeding – Brumbies & Stock Horses

In 1986 Steve and Kath arrived in the beautiful Kiewa Valley with a truckload of horses and a dream. Over time those horses became a team, that understood and worked beautifully at the challenges and rewards of a life in the mountains. Most of the original team have since gone to the “Stockyard in the Sky”, but their mountain ways are continued by a young keen team. The youngsters have not had to learn the ropes the long way, they have inherited the “mob” knowledge of mountain work, and adapted to this life from an early age.

Along the way, we have strived to breed a team of horses ideally suited to mountain work. Our early breeding included putting local horse “Tom’s” stallion over a brumby mare we had. A splendid result of this was “Feathertop”, a black mare, still a star on the team. We also acquired a couple of local horses including a Stock Horse mare called “Ellie” whom we bought from highly regarded local horseman Wally Ryder. These horses are descendants of a long line of mountain-bred horses.

In 1989 we were fortunate to have Australian Stock Horse Stallion “Inca Gold” come to stand here at Spring Spur. Inca was a descendant of renowned Stock Horse lines Radium, Bobby Bruce and Abbey. He was the foundation of our breeding program with grandson “Eddie”, carries on the role. Eddie, out of a Thourobred mare, is by Bogong Jack, himself out of a brumby mare.

Today’s team includes the progeny of this heritage and features remarkably able, manageable and talented horses. Horses bred on our property are named after special places and landscapes in the mountains. Hence we have Feathertop, Dargo, Dungey, Mitta, Bogong Jack, Eskdale, Lankey, Bundarra, Swindler and many others.
Each season Spring Spur Australian Stock Horse Stud turns out a group of foals.

Education

Handled regularly as foals, running with the herd as yearlings, started in the foundations of natural horsemanship as two-year-olds and working the remote High Country as four-year-olds builds a well rounded, work ready horse, comfortable in the bush and yard, ready for challenges and further education.

Horses For Sale

Spring Spur Stud has developed a horse breeding program that meets market demand and is based on strong High Country Horse bloodlines and recognized stud practice.

There is unfulfilled demand for work ready, well trained horses with a recent history of plenty of riding work. Most breeding enterprises are unable to “put the miles” into their horses. Our market ready horses will be at least 5 years old, started, trained and refined to match this market segment.

The first of these highly desirable horses will be available in the autumn of 2015.

High Country Horses

At Spring Spur we are proud of the hard earned reputation of our mountain horses. This is the culmination of years of breeding training and managing our horses to make them happy, skilled and rewarding mounts


Saddles & Equipment

We use Australian stock saddles for their durability, comfort for horse and rider and suitability for mountain riding. We have a range of saddles from open seated styles that suit freer riding and deeper-seated saddles offering more security. All the saddles are fitted with breastplate and crupper to make them more secure in steeper country.
Our riding gear includes Australian made extended head bridles, our own red hide reins fitted with a Kimberly knot, hobbles for each horse and straps, saddlebags and points for all your gear.
Our “plant” and camps continue the traditional theme with swags, Bedourie ovens, all leather Australian packsaddles and bags.
We do make a few concessions to modern comfort, “thermorest” mattresses in the swags, chilled food containers, solar camp light, solar electric fence and satellite navigation and communication aids.
Our fire-cooked meals include local produce, wines, smokehouse smallgoods and goodies from the farmhouse kitchen and garden.

Training Methods

Our respect for our hard working team is many fold. We respect the beauty, power and grace of all horses, we respect their wild heritage as herd animals and we recognise that the strength and instincts of a horse need to be harnessed in a safe and respectful manner.
The principles and practice of natural horsemanship is followed world wide, and manifests in many different forms. By understanding the instincts and impulses that drive a horse and the behaviour of herd animals, we humans can develop strong working relationships with these large animals.
At Spring Spur we have developed training and management practices that recognise the unique working environment of our horse team. An environment of wild mountain landscapes, steep and narrow tracks, bush camping with light weight electric fencing, nose bags, wild brumbies and sometimes wild weather.
Our team can safely transport riders of all levels of ability into this remote landscape with enthusiasm, safety and fun. As Kath’s grandfather said of horses, “the day you think you know everything is the day you never put your foot in the stirrup again.”Our riding gear includes Australian made extended head bridles, our own red hide reins fitted with a Kimberly knot, hobbles for each horse and straps, saddlebags and points for all your gear.
Our “plant” and camps continue the traditional theme with swags, Bedourie ovens, all leather Australian packsaddles and bags.
We do make a few concessions to modern comfort, “thermorest” mattresses in the swags, chilled food containers, solar camp light, solar electric fence and satellite navigation and communication aids.
Our fire-cooked meals include local produce, wines, smokehouse smallgoods and goodies from the farmhouse kitchen and garden.