For a decade, we had refused to breed any of our mares; however, Ivory is a perfect example of what Tennessee Walkers were classically bred to be. Forget the high-steps you see at shows, classic Tennessee Walking horses are bred to have a smooth ride without the need for specialized heavy shoes and pads. She has the proven herself to have the endurance, smooth natural gait, wonderful conformation, and sweet willing personality that defined the breed in the old days. Since we currently do not support the TWHBEA and their passion for Big Lick (high-step) training, we decided to breed her to a racing Standardbred stallion in order to produce a smooth Singlefooter (racker). While we sadly lost the first foal in 2017, we are looking forwards to the full sibling in 2018. In the future, she is likely to be the mother of palomino gaited mules , as we have started to fall in love with gaited mules for their strength, smoothness and stamina!
She is now a barefoot horse again, but wears Easyboot Clouds and RX boots while in turnout on frozen ground, and is back in her Easyboot Gloves while being ridden. We are very thankful for the new products out there that can be used in place of steel shoes!
Eventually, she may return to endurance competition. However, right now she sure seems to be enjoying the life of slow weekend horseback riding Nashville, and snuggling with children and foals.