I'm not saying I've discovered the next breed I'd like to own, and frankly, finding an Arabian would be easier, but I'd fall head over heels for a big (16hh+) Tennessee walking horse mare (preferably black or dark brown). That being said, I'm finding a heck of a time locating breeders! IF, and that's a big if, I'm in the financial position to afford a nice bred yearling/2 yo, I want something nice. Papers. Not started too early. Genetic tested or at least parents and genealogy known and no signs of congenital issues. And by/out of parents who are proven producers and will let me get an idea of what I'm buying.
Never thought I'd look at gaited horses but having an easy keeper that can do pretty much anything a non-gaited horse can but won't tire as quickly and is a smoother ride...why not? I've ridden quite a few and never met a mean one yet. Most importantly, I think one would fit my lifestyle.
I know there are some walker owners and gaited folks on here. Anybody know of anyone personally who breeds these horses and would regularly have papered, good boned, unshown stock for sale? Not looking now...but I've become really interested in the breed recently and my old paint gelding is scaring 30 to death and I'd like to have an idea of where to look for a horse before he kicks the bucket. Not so much that I'm looking to replace him because I love him and he's very much rideable (just for short trails and hanging out, he gets mad if he's left behind) but my mare is going to be very upset if she's by herself.
I mean, I know where I'd look for quarter horses, and there's a million "gaited" horses who are probably grade walkers floating around, but I'd want to invest in something of quality. There are rescues, but I'm not looking for an expensive pet with no papers that I couldn't breed if I really wanted to. (would I ever? probably not, unless the horse was phenomenal). I can't seem to find many barns who have a waitlist or regularly sell that breed. I'm in north fl but not opposed to driving halfway cross country if it was the perfect critter.