i thought this last thing you said was very interesting. i have many dreams where i'm doing just as you're describing, except for having a second horse. i think one day it will happen when the war comes.... anyway, i wouldn't worry so much about the breed as just getting a sturdy mount with strong feet that doesn't need shoes, a strong back,.... that's all i have to say. good luck. oh, and the connection b/w you and your horse should be there.