Tenn Walker/Bashkir Curly
I've been raising Tennessee Walkers for quite a while now, and recently I've been running into an insane amount of Walker crosses. Not just the ones you always hear about, Friewalkers, Walkaloosas, Tennuvians, etc, but some I'd not even considered, both gaited and non-gaited. I ran into a woman who mostly bred her Walker stallion to Arabian or NSH mares, and some of the foals were very well built. The one that really peaked my interested, however, was a gaited Bashkir Curly/Walker cross. I met some at a local farm, and got the chance to ride one in a halter in their paddock. It was the coolest gait I've ever seen! The horses were intelligent, sweet, very willing, and could gait slower than my Walkers then faster than their running walk depending on the command. Just before I left, I learned that the one I had been riding had only been ridden three times before, and was a 3 year old (they looked at least 6! very well formed).
Has anyone else had any experience with these horses? I love raising Walkers, and I've never met a pure Bashkir Curly, but I was very impressed by their demeanor, especially being so young. I'm doing some more research, as I will be keeping one or two of my next foal season as broodmares if I get fillies, and I'm looking to the future.