All horses Guaranteed* by Doug Gittins (owner)
All horses are sold with a signed contract,
vaciation, farrier, and deworming records,
and all registration papers they might have.
We welcome pre-purchase Vet checks and drug screens on all of our horses, at the buyer expense.
We also give each horse a Strangles vaccine
(Streptococcus Equi Strep vax II) and a Flu/Rhino Vaccine (Fluvac Innovator EHV-4/1) that includes EHV-1, EHV-4, type A2 equine influenza/Kentucky 97 influenza, all that is passed from horse to horse
We also recommend you give your horse/s
an East/West Nile Vaccine, and a Venezuelan/Eastern/Western Encephalitis, and a Tetanus (VEWT) Vaccine (these can be purchased from your Veterinarian or local
feed store and administered yourself).
And as with every pet we highly recommend a Rabies Vaccine, this should only be administered by a Veterinarian.
(Yes horses can get Rabies)
*30 day Guarantee!!!
If for any reason, you don't like the horse/s we will TRADE
you another horse/s of EQUAL value.
There is Absolutely
no money EVER given back,
and all horses returned must be in the same
(or better) condition as when they left.
Sorry but we do NOT offer payment plans on any of our horses. And ABSOLUTELY NO OUTSIDE TRADE IN'S. All sales are to be paid in full before the time the horse leaves our barn.
And every horse is for sale until sold.
(Paid For, and with A Signed Contract)
Sorry, No *Holds/No Deposits.
First Come/First Serve.
*We will hold a horse
for a pre-purcase exam as long
as it's done within 3 days, the appointment
with your vet has to be made immediately (that day).
If you can't make the vet appointment because it's the weekend, a holiday, or after hours,the horse will still be for sale until the appointment is made.
We can deliver!!! Local to SE Texas Only!!!
(Within 70 Miles Of Our Barn)
Fee negotiable (usually just gas $$)
Doug has been in the business of horses for more than 40 years from rodeo to the racetrack. He has been buying and selling horses his whole life, from his childhood, with his dad, until now, with his partner, true love, and wife Laura.
Doug's dad has was an inspiration to him and
instilled in him life lesson's like;
"Be as honest as you can, whether you're a banker, a grocer or a horse broker, always be honest and you'll be successful", and " The harder you work, the luckier you get".
And Doug truly tries to live by his words of wisdom.
Please call for Doug for more info
We feed our horses 1 to 2 scoops (1 scoop = 3 qrt.) of
M-G 12-8 pellets* (12% protein-8% fat) twice daily ,
*unless otherwise noted
1 oz. flaxseed oil per day,
and all the coastal hay they can eat.
We strive to keep our horses fat and healthy, and we work closely with our Veterinarian's at (Collier Equine Vet Services) to insure this. If you do see a thin horse at our barn, he/she came that way and won't stay that way for long.
One of the most asked questions is, "Why do all your descriptions say almost the same thing?" Easy- We have a specific "mold" that all of our horses HAVE to fit in to, or we do not standby or represent them.
The little horse that could ...
The story of Reckless is not only remarkable - it is unusual. And once you learn about her, you will see why the Marine Corps not only fell in love with her - but honored her and promoted her every chance they got. And it wasn’t just the Marines that served with her in the trenches that honored her - her last promotion to Staff Sergeant was by Gen. Randolph Mc Pate - the Commandant of the entire Marine Corps. You can’t get higher than that in the Marines.
Reckless joined the Marines to carry ammunition to the front lines for the 75mm Recoilless Rifle Platoon of the 5th Marines - and she quickly earned the love and respect of all of the Marines that served with her. Lt. Eric Pedersen paid $250 of his own money to a young Korean boy, Kim Huk Moon, for her. The only reason Kim sold his beloved horse was so he could buy an artificial leg for his older sister, Chung Soon, who lost her leg in a land mine accident.
Kim’s loss was the Marines’ gain.
It was not only Reckless’ heroics that endeared the Marines to her
- it was her incredible antics off of the battlefield. You will not believe
her antics when she was being ignored, or if she was hungry – let’s
just say you never wanted to leave your food unattended. As legendary
has she was for her heroics – her appetite became even more
legendary. This horse had a mind of her own – not to mention,
being very determined.
Reckless had a voracious appetite. She would eat anything and
everything – but especially scrambled eggs and pancakes in the
morning with her morning cup of coffee. She also loved cake, Hershey bars, candy from the C rations, and Coca Cola – even poker chips, blankets and hats when she was being ignored – or if she was trying to just prove a point.
One of Reckless’ finest hours came during the Battle of Outpost Vegas in March of 1953. At the time of this battle it was written that, “The savagery of the battle for the so-called Nevada Complex has never been equaled in Marine Corps history.” This particular battle “was to bring a cannonading and bombing seldom experienced in warfare … twenty-eight tons of bombs and hundreds of the largest shells turned the crest of Vegas into a smoking, death-pocked rubble.” And Reckless was in the middle of all of it.
Enemy soldiers could see her as she made her way across the deadly “no man’s land” rice paddies and up the steep 45-degree mountain trails that led to the firing sites. “It’s difficult to describe the elation and the boost in morale that little white-faced mare gave Marines as she outfoxed the enemy bringing vitally needed ammunition up the mountain,” Sgt. Maj. James E. Bobbitt recalled.
During this five-day battle, on one day alone she made 51 trips from the Ammunition Supply Point to the firing sites, 95% of the time by herself. She carried 386 rounds of ammunition (over 9,000 pounds – almost FIVE TONS! -- of ammunition), walked over 35 miles through open rice paddies and up steep mountains with enemy fire coming in at the rate of 500 rounds per minute. And as she so often did, she would carry wounded soldiers down the mountain to safety, unload them, get reloaded with ammo, and off she would go back up to the guns. She also provided a shield for several Marines who were trapped trying to make their way up to the front line. Wounded twice, she didn’t let that stop or slow her down.
What she did in this battle not only earned her the respect of all that served with her, but it got her promoted to Sergeant. Her heroics defined the word “Marine.” She was BELOVED by the Marines. They took care of her better than they took care of themselves – throwing their flak jackets over her to protect her when incoming was heavy, risking their own safety.
Her Military Decorations include two Purple Hearts, Good Conduct Medal,
Presidential Unit Citation with star, National Defense Service Medal, Korean
Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation,
and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, all of which she wore proudly
on her red and gold blanket, along with a French Fourragere that the 5th
Marines earned in WW1.
There has never been a horse like Reckless,
and her story needs to be honored.
She wasn't a horse - She was a Marine!
What Is A Coggins
The Coggins test checks for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) antibodies in the horse's blood. To insure that an animal is not harboring the virus a simple blood test is performed. Blood samples must be sent to a state approved laboratory. The Coggins test (agar immunodiffusion) is a sensitive diagnostic developed by Dr. Leroy Coggins in the 1970's. You need a clean Coggins test for interstate travel, horse shows and events, trail rides, boarding, selling your horse, in office veterinarian care, or anywhere your horse comes in contact with other horses (even at home). Most countries require a negative test result before allowing an imported horse into the country. A Coggins test should be done on an annual basis.
Equine infectious anemia or equine infectious anemia (EIA), also known by horsemen as swamp fever, is a horse disease caused by a retrovirus and transmitted by blood similar to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The virus is endemic in the Americas, parts of Europe, the Middle and Far East, Russia, and South Africa. The virus is a lentivirus. Like HIV, EIA can be transmitted through blood, milk, and body secretions. Contaminated surgical equipment and recycled needles and syringes can transmit the disease. Mares can transmit the disease to their foals via the placenta. The risk of transmitting the disease is greatest when an infected horse is ill, as the
blood levels of the virus are then highest. If you never
take your horse/s off your property, have no other
horse/s coming to visit your property and your horses
are at least 200 yards from other horse that surround your property you do not have to get a coggins unless those factors change. Plan on at least 3 days before you get the Coggins certificate back from the vet or off the Internet. Your Vet should remind you when it's due like your vaccinations.