I'm thinking about possibly breeding my mare within the next two to four years to get another good trail horse, or possibly a small-time gaming horse (small type shows, such as trail challenges, or maybe something just to play around with on things such as barrels and poles, nothing serious, though).
My mare is an 18 year old Tennesee Walker who doesn't gait (her movement is more like an easy riding Quarterhorse). She walks, trots, canters, and gallops. She even looks like a QH (in my opinion) in the head, neck, and shoulders. She does have artheritis and is doing very well on a joint supplement, even though she's partially retired from riding.
I'm not looking to breed her anytime soon. It will be at least two to four years, so that gives me time to look and find the right stud. That also gives me time to work on finishing up college and start my career as a teacher, or at least get in a better financial situation or save up money from work. This isn't something I'm just jumping into. My mare's previous foal is a great trail horse, with a great mind except for some little things (though I admit, I spoiled him, lol). My mare will be over 20 when and if I do decide to rebreed her, and I will definately get her vet checked before I do. If she isn't breeding sound, then I will not breed her.
As for what I am looking to get out of a foal from her. She isn't registered, even though she's pure TWH, and I'm not concerned with registry, as the foal will be with me for the duration of it's life. Registry doesn't matter, though I want to stay in the breeds that cross well with Walkers (Appaloosa's, Walkers, Spotted Saddle Horse, etc...). I'm not adverse to a QH cross, as long as it's nice looking and complements her.
I am tall and mostly leg, though, so a stockier built or taller horse is a must. Nothing under 15 hands unless it's built like a tank. My mare is 15.1 and her six year old son that I have is about 15.3, and I fit both of them well.
My mare is very athletic and has a lot of speed (something that she apparently passed on to her offspring). Based on her previous foal, I'd say that even with a naturally gaited horse, her genetics hide the gait, as she was previously bred with a naturally gaited TWH and the foal didn't inheret the gait.
I personally, do not like a gait that much unless it's a TWH... Lol.
Anyway, anyone wanna help find a possible stud? I would say that my max for a stud fee, by 2014+, would be about... maybe a $1000, but nothing over.
Here's some pics of my mare... as you can see, her build isn't typical TWH. I guess she's 'old style' TWH...
If you have anything you'd like cleared up, I'll be back on in a few hours... got a college class starting in under half an hour!