Parsons, Kansas —
“The most I ever had was 20 foals in one year, and a lot of outside mares were mated to my stallions every year, too,” Heine said.
“I have seven foals this year, four out of Meradas Flashy King, and three by Smart Cattile. I didn’t breed any mares back, but I’m planning to mate a couple of Smart Mate daughters to a world champion High Brow Cat son next year. That’s part of the reason I didn’t breed any this year,” explained Heine.
Preferring to merchandize several of his foals at weaning time, Heine has also typically, in addition to horses retained for his breeding, kept several colts to train and sell as performance horses.
Although there is still demand to mate his stallions to customer mares, he said, “I’ve discouraged it, because there isn’t a strong market for the colts, despite how well-bred they are. A top broke horse will still bring some money, but not much compared to the time it takes to make one.”
Heine Quarter Horses have collected money in sanctioned cutting horse competitions with Kenny Fisher and Dean Smith as trainers.
“I rode them every day on the ranch, but not in competitions,” stated Heine, who did successfully compete on a few ranch rodeo teams.
“I’ve worked here for Pete Wheat more than 30 years and did day work for him a long time before that. I usually keep three or four horses shod to check cattle here in the feedlot and 4,000 or more yearlings on pasture,” said Heine, who personally roped and doctored cattle most of his life.
“Now I generally use a dart gun from an air conditioned four-wheeler,” he admitted.
With major horse breeders dispersing, and horse marketing profitability remaining skimp, Heine said, “I keep thinking there will be more demand for these top horses, but it hasn’t improved that much yet.”
However, with no slowdown in sight, Heine assured, “I’m going to keep raising a few colts so I’ll always have a good cow horse to ride.”
Emphatic in expressing acknowledgement, Heine assured, “None of this would have been possible without the help of June, my wife of 54 years, our six children, and now our grandchildren. My granddaughter Nellie really is my sidekick with these horses, a real helper who could continue on with the horses.” £