Where I'd be interested, were I not looking to start on halter-bred paints instead, is the yearlings that are up for adoption at our judge friend's ranch every year. Last year at the fund raising cross country marathon, BLM had, IIRC, four very well handled young 'uns there for adoption. I THINK the $1000.00 thing still applied to that age as well.
They were reasonably well mannered, and you could tell they were ok with humans, not raving lunatics. Hubs was there, not me. He said one or two of them were amazing looking little horses already, very eye catching in terms of color AND build.
One lady was so taken with one she tried to convince her husband they could haul him home in their SUV....
He said no.
Because AJ is a halter bred paint, and since her knee is arthritic, her years of packing around adult human weight are limited. But she's a lovely girl, and decent lines, and I have access to a verra nice stallion with a knowledgeable owner.Why halter bred Paints?