Most Bashkir Curlies are a pretty good mix of heavy draft bone on a willing, sound-minded horse. They can get a bit pricey, but if you are looking for a younger gelding they are usually a bit easier on the wallet. They also come straight-coated, which also generally cuts back the price a bit. (Being a rare breed I find the focus being slightly more towards breeding stock, but there are plenty very nice geldings out there.) Both of mine have the heavier bone that comes with the breed, and every curly I've met has been solidly built with good demeanor to match. I have two mares, and I got them both for next to nothing because the owner was focused on finding them a good home.
I've attached a picture of each of my mares. The first one [Scarlet] is about 4 in that picture, and the second horse [Tenakee] is 18. They are both on the husky side, and the older one is pregnant. But as you can see they do have some substance to them, aside from being easy-keepers. The younger one we broke to saddle not long after we got her home, and we are just now breaking her to harness. Tenakee is going to resume her saddle and harness work once she foals.
I really love Curlies, so I am always into introducing the breed to new people. Both of these mares are just over 15 hands, but are sturdy enough that they don't have a problem with heavier riders or harder work. The ABCR breed standard actually calls for them to have shorter backs, so they can be even more compact and ready to rumble. I have seen them used for just about anything, and I'm sure ranch work is something they'd take to swiftly.
Last edited by ButtInTheDirt; 01-26-2013 at 07:46 AM.