Solid training is critically important for any horse. Even a horse with great bloodlines will never fulfill its potential unless properly equipped with the skills to perform.
The approach to training at the 6666 Ranch begins with the youngest horses. They are gentled and trained to accept a halter and to be led easily and handled safely. All 2-year-olds are then trained to be ridden.
During this process, we identify the horses that have the potential to go on and be shown by our staff, led by the Four Sixes full-time trainer Chance O’Neal. Whether it’s a reined cowhorse, cutting horse or versatility ranch horse, we evaluate prospects and place them in the appropriate training program. Our working ranch cowboys are involved in the selection and training of young stock that are introduced into their strings of horses as well.
While most of the training is done at the ranch, some horses are sent from time to time to professional trainers, including Boyd Rice, who has involved with the Four Sixes for many years.
Four Sixes horses can be seen at a wide variety of shows, including those sponsored by the Ranch Horse Association of America (RHAA), the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA), the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and others.