Hi paint & welcome to the thread. I've had 1 paint mare in my life-pretty but could be stubborn.
FC-nice little gelding-I really like his conformation, but he looks young, & maybe a bit feisty, & MS is quite a ways. Looked at that mare, also, but knowing the terrain around here, I don't think that would work. I had a Paso Fino mare here for awhile, and since I ride w/a QH , she nearly lost her gait after a few months. Don't know if it was the QH, or the terrain, or what, but she started just stopping on the way home-she was in her 20's,so I didn't push her, looking for a bit younger horse now, but it needs to be well-broke. I do have about 3 picked out , but I need to get these trips out of the way first. And I will be getting my favorite riding boots re-soled & re-heeled & the saddle I just bought re-fleeced while on the trip to CA, so I will be able to hit the ground running when I get back. I don't think it will take long to get my corral filled-LOL! As much as I like gaited horses, especially Peruvians & Paso Finos, the terrain I have to ride in would not be the best for them.
QH's & Mustangs do great here & Arabs & Morgans & those crosses. And I want a pony sized horse. No barrels, no showing, no cow work~ but can't be afraid of cows-open range here & easy-loading, saddling, mounting. All the normal stuff tht we all hope for-haha. My sister is already wishing my visit was longer, and we have booked a lot to do on the CA trip also-hope we can get it all done.
The party last night was a blast-the cheesecake didn't last very long-it has been requested again.