I, too, was looking for a western pleasure horse recently. I was looking more into stock breeds, ie quarters, paints, and breeds of that nature.
I ran across an ad for a pinto saddlebred and decided to go out on a limb and check him out as I'd never ridden a saddlebred, let alone one for western pleasure. As it turns out, he's wonderful and competed in a class of 26 stock horses and came out on top.
Instead of a specific breed, decide what you want in a horse and then look at the individual horse above all else and how suitable he/she is for what you want to do.
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