215 Henderson Road
David and Lisa Taylor Owner/Operators
(931)685-9785 / 639-3926
Experienced Trail Horses For Sale
All of our horses offered for sale are owned by and reside at Evening Shade
Farm, Shelbyville Tennessee. We do not offer for sale consignment, horse sale or trade horses. If we don't believe enough in a horse to invest
in him/her with our money, why should we expect you to believe enough in that
same horse to consider investing in him/her with your money to have as your
next companion and trail/pleasure partner? And we would not consider placing
any horse until we've lived with them long enough to know who they really are
and how they respond to all the many different aspects of their life. That's
not something anyone can know in just a few days or weeks, even though some
sellers will take your money for a horse before they've had them long enough
to need the farrier - sometimes before they've even seen them in person. These
are not horses that we just got in last week or month, from some horse
sale, or long distance by the trailer load from some "horse traders/
brokers" who told us how "trail worthy" they are supposed to be. Ask any
potential seller where and from whom their horses come as well as how long
they've owned and ridden them personally because you have a need, and a
to know. We know all our horses well.
These are horses that we (David and Lisa) personally checked out and tested
before choosing and purchasing them. On average, we look at 12-15 horses to
find the "one" that we will ultimately choose to bring home, spending most of
our "spare time" traveling all over meeting new people and horses in search of
those really special horse partners. With the rare exception, all of our
horses are registered "Tennessee Walking" or "Spotted Saddle" as we have found
that year after year after year they are the best all around trail/pleasure
breeds to be found, bar none. Most of our horses for sale are born and
raised here, purchased as yearlings and raised here, and have lived with us
sometimes two years and more. Their mouth/teeth are done professionally, they
are up to date on vaccinations and wormed every other month, eat Purina
feed and top quality
hay twice daily, are shod and ridden by us, and are a part of our daily lives and
our family. As the pictures and videos will show,
our gaited trail horses are never
ridden in "long shank bits", "gag type bits", "twisted wire bits", or any
other harsh style of "Walking Horse" bit and/or using lots of hold
with tight reins/curb. All of our gaited trail horses are
taught to work first in a plain "snaffle bit" with no curb strap/chain for a
very light touch. Only when they fully know and understand what is expected
are they finished off with a very mild "Argentine" style snaffle for that last
little bit of primping. Our horses have
normal feet with NO long toes or low heels, NO weighted or oversized shoes and
are shod to their natural conformation the same as any normal trail horse of
any breed should be.
Because every horse is a unique individual, our descriptions, videos, and
personal insights are original and specific to
that horse and not cookie cutter style with just the name changed or some
slight variation inserted here or there. Every horse is described as honestly
and accurately as possible. We can relate how a particular horse
behaves in our experiences because we know them all very well. Lisa
and I are the ones that do the feeding, clean their
stalls, and groom/shoe/ride them each personally. These
all important hours with them are not entrusted to anyone else. We will
never tell you that any horse we offer is "BOMBPROOF" or resort
to "trader gimmicks/ tricks" but can tell you
that our horses are ridden and tested regularly by Lisa and me, not
some hired "cowboy/girl", in actual real world trail riding situations and they
have proven themselves to be as solid and steady as any living/breathing
horses could be. Because we start out with innately calm/laid back NON-SPOOKY
horses, they don't have to be "trained" not to spook or scare, so we spend our time riding
and having fun teaching new trail skills. We will not embellish with bogus terms or
just to get someone to unwittingly place their safety and trust in a
particular horse. You are welcome to come here and test ride
any horse you like, pictures and videos are available for viewing,
pre-purchase exams before a horse leaves our farm by any vet of your choice
(at buyers expense) are welcome, and references
from previous buyers will gladly be furnished. Just like you, we want the
fit/relationship between horse and human to be a total success so we'll have
numerous questions for you just as you will for us. Each of our gaited trail
horses have their dental records, shoeing records, AVID microchip
registration, a current Coggins test, and are furnished with a brand new
health certificate for traveling. Horses are livestock and there are inherent
risks involved with any horse you purchase. If you are not prepared to accept
those risks, please do not consider a horse from us. No warranties or
guarantees are expressed or implied. Thank you for visiting our site.
Information updated: April 18, 2014
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As the videos will show, our horses are without any doubt trail ridden in the real world of hills, water, logs
dogs, etc. We feel that it's very important to actually ride and use these horses on real trails and we show you
with videos which are taken by us (David and Lisa) out on real trail rides. We don't stand on or crawl under
our horses (we could), but we do extensively expose them to real trail challenges which is what truly matters.
I almost always take the trail videos from horseback while either sitting on and/or riding down the trail. The
views will sometimes be a little shaky even though I am most often riding hands-free guiding with my legs so
that I can use both hands to "stabilize" the camera. Maybe someday I'll get some high tech hat-camera...Ha
Every one of our horses is grain fed twice daily for as long as they live here to promote optimum health/fitness &
so they will feel/look their very best. They will look just like their pictures if you come here to see/meet them in
person and most likely will be even FATTER. In 40 plus years spent around hundreds of horses, I've never met
an under fed/under nourished horse that wasn't "kid/ beginner/ husband broke" because they just don't feel good.
Years ago I asked a knowledgeable horseman "What's your favorite kind of horse?" The immediate answer... FAT!
I've never forgotten that conversation and we couldn't agree with any statement any more whole-heartedly.
Once you've ever had the opportunity to ride and own a great young horse that's got a clean slate, no bad habits,
and no old "baggage" from previous owners/riders, you'll never want the "typical older" horse again. The really
great older horses you see aren't great because of age but rather because they were really great younger horses...
At the end of the day, I believe that all any of us really want is a reliable horse that is easy/simple to ride because
trail riding is supposed to be fun/relaxing and not another job. We already have one of those so we can pay for this.
Each one of our horses carries an AVID Microchip for their protection and safety. These are implanted by our
personal vet (invisible/painless/permanent/tamper-resistant), can be registered nationally and traceable, forever.
This provides a foolproof way to protect your next horse and undeniably proves the exact identity of each horse...
Each one of our horses available for sale is officially registered with papers from the Tennessee Walking Horse
Breeders and Exhibitors Association and/or the Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.
We have those official registration papers and signed transfers in hand for each and every horse we offer.
To see a larger different version of the pictures below, just click anywhere on the picture. More pictures and videos can be seen by clicking on the links.
Several New Horses available (4/03/14) with pictures/videos coming ASAP
Now thru May 1, 2014 SAVE $500 on any horse listed. We have to make some room!
Every time we ride, our horses are either learning
or unlearning something from us. The decision is
ours to make and we're consciously/subconsciously
making it every minute we get to spend with them.
is truly an interpersonal relationship between horse and human
and by my reckoning, the most important part of horse ownership. It will be at it's
very best, the sum total of what you are willing to invest in time and effort which
will in large part, determine what your horse/partner is willing to give back. It's a
mutual participation activity so if you want to just saddle up and expect the horse
to do it all, including baby sit while you just hang on, do both of you a gigantic
favor by getting a big shiny ATV to ride. You'll both go to sleep much happier &
much less frustrated, and yes, they get just as frustrated with us as we do them.
Assuming you start with the right kind of horse, there are really only two main
things you must do to have/keep the horse of your dreams. First, have a very clear
picture in your mind of exactly who/what that horse is. Second, EVERY THING
you do with that horse should be working to that end. Your horse MUST always
believe any/every thing he/she does is in fact 100% YOUR idea--even if it wasn't!
These two simple concepts will help you develop a loving/lasting/winning/and
respecting relationship for ALL. It just does not get any better than that, period.
This statement couldn't be any more true... Ha Ha
We have several horses available who
are not yet posted because the
weather has not been great for taking pictures/videos. Feel free to
call for more info and I will be posting pictures/videos asap... 4/7/14
6y/o Big Beautiful Black and White we raised/started right here at ESF...
5y/o Sorrel with Flaxen Mane/Tail we raised up from a yearling. Wonderful...
3y/o Bay and White brother to Freckles and Pretty Boy. He's just as awesome...
Another great brother to my personal horse, LS, and a dozen otheres we raised
up. He's perfectly marked Sorrel and White with a gait/disposition to die for...
3y/o 14.2h Black and White, awesome gait and super disposition...Preview Video
I think that beautiful mark on his near side looks
like the Rocky Mountains off in the distance...
Now you can have a Secret Weapon...Weapon's
Troublemaker is anything
but trouble and might just be one of the best trail partners you could find. Winter
pictures always look drab and even with no color in the scenery this is one mighty
fine lookin' guy. He's a very nicely made 15.1h, 6y/o boy with trail smarts galore
and a gait that is great at any speed. Trouble is very sweet&loves all the attention
you'll give him and keep coming back for more. This is another one of those that
I had to fight Lisa over to keep her from wanting to make him her personal horse
because he's got the look, the gait, the disposition, and lots of "bling" when he's
going down the trail. He's a pleasure to groom/shoe/ride and everthing in between
making for a good time every day. He'll ride out alone or is just as content to ride
anywhere in a group and has never minded rural or more urban settings. While I
am cautious about saying who could ride any horse without meeting them first, I
can say that a very nice/natural horseperson who is 70ish mounted and rode him
with pleasure and a great big smile. She decided on a slightly smaller horse that
will be easier to mount/dismount in future years, but she really loved this guy. He
does not mind being up in a stall but is not the best housekeeper and since almost
all horses seem happier to be out, I give him plenty of pasture time along with his
daily feed and hay. Trouble has the same bloodlines we love and they prove over
and over to work great for making some of the best trail/pleasure partners we ever
raise up. I actually find myself feeling like Lisa and wanting to keep him for my
own personal horse but I love my LS and don't have time to enjoy riding him as
often as I would like. Get yourself a dose of something here that is just as great as
having super powers... a Secret Weapon.... $8900
Reg. TWHBEA/SSHBEA Alt. Picture1 2 3 Head Picture Video1 2 3 4 5 6
4/11/2014 New pictures asap.. He's really grown..
If you need help clening up tree limbs around your
place, this may be your Huckleberry... Watch this...
You'll be doing a double take... Vision's
Double Dare is a very unusual color
and his awesome disposition is one of the best. While he may look like the typical
Blue Roan, and his sire is, he is technically a Lilac Roan which has deep brown
points/face and a very silvery mane/tail instead of the black points/face/mane/tail
you are accustomed to seeing. It would be very hard to find a better overall horse
of any color and at 15h/3y/o, he's a prefect size/age. He truly was bred for, raised
up and ridden by his 76y/o lady owner from whom we purchased him. He is one of
the most sure footed and careful horses I have ever taken into the woods stepping
over downed trees/logs/rocks/whatever with the utmost skill. Double D has a very
nice solid gait that even the non-gaited horse person can find and ride with ease
and his mouth is very soft and gentle. He neck reins the best and is so simple to
manuever through any trail that it almost seems like he's doing it all on his own.
We have even had a friend whose mother-in-law (a quarter horse person) found so
safe feeling to ride that she put her 3 and 5y/o grandsons in the saddle with her to
see what riding a horse was all about. He also has a smooth easy short lope that is
as fun to ride as his gait and he does it with such a laid back style never winding
up his motor. I think that he may be one of the steadiest minded horses of any age
that we've ever had the pleasure to offer and he just gets better and better. It does
not matter if we don't ride him for a month because he's the same great horse each
time we saddle him up and head out for a trail adventure. You could spend many
hours searching for a great horse and still come up short if they are compared to
this boy. I will take this Double Dare any day of the week... $8200
Alternate Picture1 2 3 4 5 Head Picture1 2 3 Tack Picture Video1 2 3 4 5 6
Trail Video1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Trail Picture1 2 NEW (4/11/14)Fun Videos 1 2 3 4 If
you think age makes a great horse then imagine how great he'll be when he's old!
I'd say he's pretty much THE perfect shade of grey
and at just 4y/o, 15.1h, he is just about awesome...
Your heart will melt...
Heart of Bold
is another great brother to Bold Kat, Me
Three and several other of the very best we've had the priviledge to raise up and
offer. Just like his brothers, he's got the perfect mind for learning anything we've
ever showed him and he never forgets a lesson. One of the most fun horses of any
age I have ever had the opportunity with which to work. He's so proud going and
while he may seem "big", he's really as gentle as a lamb whether you're playing
with him on the ground or up on his back having one of the best rides of you life.
He reminds me so much of Harold (top of the Sold Horse page) in every way that
I find myself sometime forgetting who I'm riding and I tend to want to call him by
the same name, so he's become "Harold, too" for me. He's got such a personality
that seems almost human and the easiest/sweetest horse no matter what you may
be wanting to do. Out on the trail he's tackled any and every thing/situation that
has arisen from difficult terrain to whatever type of wildlife, which can come out
of nowhere. And he has done it all with the confidence and professionalism of the
much older horse that many think are the only ones settled enough to deliver the
solid ride we all want to enjoy. Even if he weren't the beautiful Grey that he is, I
would still want as many more like him as could be found because these are the
only type horses that make the "great ones" who take perfect care of their human
partners for years to come. This boy has something much more valuable than a
Heart of Bold, has a gigantic Heart of Gold... $8900 Reg. TWHBEA
Alt. Pic1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Head Pic1 2 Video1 2 3 4 5 6 7 I took this boy today (9/29) to
use as my camera horse to get trail videos of King, which we did, but I also shot a
couple of him as well. He was awesome... Trail Pic1 Trail Video1 2 3 4 Enjoy...
Cash's mane/tail are a beautiful mix of Flaxen/
Silver/Chestnut and really set off his unique color...
TWH gaiting at it's very best...
may be hiding the money but his
gait is right there every time you ride, and it is so easy to find. He's got the picture
perfect headset and gait that are both 110% natural in a keg shoe and Argentine
snaffle bit; EFFORTLESS. Cash is a 3y/o, 14.3h boy with a looks to die for color
that is so unique, especially when watching him go away from you with that tri-
color tail that is one in a million. His disposition is super sweet and loving which
makes him some kind of pleasure whether you're grooming or riding. He's got one
of those steady solid minds that just seems like everything you do has already been
done many times before and as mentioned, he's just a coming 4y/o. We absolutely
love working with our great young horses because they are free of any bad habits
and unless someone lets them learn one, they'll never have a bad habit. Nothing
beats a great minded young horse, riding them is simple/easy, and nothing more
than setting out with a vision of your perfect partner is necessary. Cash really
loves the trails and he's very good at his job, never getting in a hurry but always
having what it takes to get the job ahead of him done in style, and I do mean style.
Just take a look at his gaiting videos to see what a true Tennessee Walking Horse
is supposed to look like doing their gait in "the natural" with no exaggeration or
manipulation. Cash's bloodlines share many similarities to my own Bomber, one
of Wildy's brothers, and just like them I love taking him out for a ride. Of course
he lets you do all the routine stuff easy so it's a breeze to bathe/clip/load/shoe and
while he does have a playful streak, there is absolutely not a mean bone in him. I
wish we could find many more just like him because these type horses make most
any rider look good, but like his name they're as Elusive as a big pile of Cash...
Reg. TWHBEA Alt. Picture1 2 3 Head Picture1 Tack Video1 2 3 4 $8200
This boy is beautiful from any direction you look...
Take a look at the trail videos to see how King has
filled out since coming to Evening Shade Farm...
Straight from Graceland...
Rock's King would give even Elvis
the title King of Rock. He's a 10y/o double registered TWHBEA/SSHBEA that'll
have you standing tall to sing along every ride, and he never misses a note. King
stands 15.1 hands and I must say every inch of him is some kind of handsome. He
is one of the sweetest/gentlest guys you will ever meet and riding him is surely one
of life's greatest pleasures. It doesn't matter if you ride him once a day or once a
month because he's always the same great horse every time you saddle up. While
we never call any horse "bombproof or beginner ready" this boy would certainly
be the one that I'd put almost anyone alive on to ride and feel confident they'd be
as safe as possible on a horse's back. His gait is very smooth and easy for most any
person to ride and he has one of the nicest short lope/canters of any horse of any
breed. King neck reins the best so you've always got one hand free to do anything
you may feel from waving to holding your sandwich/drink. This boy was raised up
and trained/ridden by a personal friend of mine and he's had the best life possible
which is exactly what I intend for his future. All the routine stuff is a breeze from
the stall to the trailer to the trail and everything else in between, not to mention
that your farrier will absolutely love him, and you. It's nearly impossible to find
a great older horse with a wonderful history and no issues but this guy certainly
fills the bill in every way. Don't miss out on the best concert of your life featuring
the King of Rock himself. Blue suede shoes NOT included... SOLD
Reg. TWHBEA/SSHBEA Alt. Picture1 2 3 4 5 Head Pic1 2 3 Trail Pic1 2 3 Tack
Video1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Take a look at these really fun trail videos that will tell
tell you more about King than I could ever write... Trail Video1 2 3 4 5 6 7 After
watching these most horsepeople would agree, if you can't ride this boy just quit..
Joe and Soldier are just some of the great brothers
| Having the wonderful opportunity
to breed, raise, and train many horses through
the years, you begin to think about lots of different aspects of the horses' lives we
share. I always am so amazed at how the siblings seem drawn to each other even
when they are from different years and foal crops. I really do wonder if they feel
some familial connection like you hear about among sisters and brothers who get
separated at birth or early age. We absolutely love raising up and training our
own horses and having the chance to make them special and eventually become
someone's very own, with no bad habits or "baggage" carried forward from some
less than ideal life/home. Then that new owner gets the pleasure and opportunity
to make that horse "theirs" and ride one that is truly unique/custom just to them.
It's just really hard to imagine how it could be any better than owning, riding, &
growing with a great minded young horse that hasn't "been around the block".
FOR SALE Lisa has several great gaited horse saddles to
pictures and descriptions so that I can post them to the Saddles and Tack page.
These are all saddles that we know to fit 99% of all the gaited horses out there
as well as fit/sit the rider very comfortably and securely. Now available are some
of the most popular brands of "Gaited Horse Saddles" on the market today, such
as Dixieland, Crestridge, Original "Crates made" Tennessean, and Reinsman.
Call or email Lisa for specifics. Pictures can be seen on the Saddles/Tack page
of the website along with descriptions and pricing.
Several new saddles coming for the 2012 riding season, including some really
sharp packages that will feature all accessories needed for a beautiful set-up.
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Evening Shade Farm
215 Henderson Road
Shelbyville, TN 37160
All of our Tennessee Walking Horses for
sale and Spotted Saddle Horses for sale are ridden alone and in groups, on country roads and trails,
around cars, trucks, tractors, ATV's, eighteen wheel Tyson Chicken trucks, etc.
and are exposed to as many different obstacles as possible. Our trail rides
consist of uphill and downhill, creeks and water, rocky and muddy, and sometimes
roadside riding, so that the gaited horses for sale will be versatile and experienced
on trails. Our gaited trail horses are never ridden in "long shank bits", "gag
type bits", "twisted wire bits", or any other harsh style of "Walking Horse"
bit. Each of our gaited trail horses is taught to work first in a plain "snaffle
bit" with no curb strap/chain for a very light touch. Only when they fully know
and understand what is expected are they finished off with a very mild "Argentine" style bit for that last little bit of primping. Our horses have
normal feet with NO long toes or low heels, NO weighted or oversized shoes and
are shod to their natural conformation the same as any normal trail horse of
any breed should be. We represent any Tennessee Walking Horse for sale or Spotted Saddle
Horse for sale as honestly and accurately as possible.
Potential buyers have the option, and are welcome, to come and test ride any
gaited trail horse and have a pre-purchase exam
before horses leave Evening Shade Farm.
We are not professional horse traders or brokers and do not sell horses for our living. Lisa is a Registered Nurse and I work with the School System. Consequently, the selection of gaited trail horses for sale that you will find on our site will be limited to only the caliber horse that we would personally keep forever because our goal is to offer high quality gaited trail horses, not quantity. While many of the trail horses for sale are raised and started right here at Evening Shade Farm, we also search out quality gaited trail horses. These are not horse sale, trader, or consignment horses but carefully selected and purchased by us from individual owners, and the truly good ones are few and far between. We look at many different aspects of each gaited trail horse we consider, and ultimately the decision comes down to one all important question; "Would I purchase this gaited trail horse for my own personal companion?". If the answer is yes, that Tennessee Walking horse is the one you will see on our Horses for Sale page available for your consideration. Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions you may have using the address, phone number, and/or e-mail link above. We really look forward to hearing from you.....
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