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: September 27, 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.
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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.
Horsemanship 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.
We raised Dreamer from just a yearling and now he's a 5y/o
Live your Dreams...
Count's Day Dreamer
fills your days with dreams come true
trail riding. He's a beautiful 5y/o, 15.1h who will let you get as close as you want and
return your love in spades. We raised this boy up from just a little yearling and kept
him back for a couple of years because he kind of stalled out growing for about 18 mo
and then shot up to the big awesome boy he is today. He has a really nice gait to ride
at any speed from the slowest walk to his "moving on down" the trail gait and it is so
simple and easy to ride. Dreamer is a great pasture mate and keeps a stall very nice so
it is easy to manage him in most any setting. Out on the trail he's very quiet and takes
on the trail with ease. At home he is also fun to ride but he seems braver and more at
ease on the trail. He takes on hills, hollows, logs, ditches, rocky ground, and whatever
else has come up without issue and if he does encounter something unfamiliar, he'll
stop and look at it until he's comfortable and then move right along. At home he is so
easy with which to work as he loves baths, is so easy to shoe, respects your space, and
does what you ask for the asking. Of course, he stands still to mount/dismount, flexes
both ways and backs, will not move off until asked, and then walks off on a loose rein
just like a nice horse and partner is supposed to. Loading and unloading are a breeze
and once you get to your destinantion he will stand politely to be saddled and wait for
you to get ready to leave out. While no horse is perfect all the time, it is nice to have a
partner that complies with your needs and makes horse handling and riding a joy and
Dreamer qualifies for that any day. Spend your nighttime dreaming and your daytime
riding with your Dreamer... $5600 Reg. TWHBEA Alt. Picture1 2 3 4 5
Head Picture1 2 Trail Picture1 2 Video1 2 3 4 Trail Video1 2 3 4 5 6
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. At 15.1h and a coming 5y/o, he's just about perfect in every way for most any
rider. 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, 9/29/13
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...
8/8/2014 I needed to go around the road a few miles to look at a hay field that
will soon be ready and I wanted to see how it was coming along. So, instead of
driving the truck I decided to enjoy the beautiful day and ride my favorite boy,
Heart of Bold aka HaroldII. It could not have been a better ride and he proved
to me again (just like always) that he is one of the absolute best we've ever had
the pleasure to offer. We went past dogs, hogs, cows, unidentifiable pieces of
junk, all kinds of traffic, and much more with him just taking it in and going on
down the road with ease. Never a spook, bobble, jump, or anything else except
delivering a totally enjoyable ride for a couple of hours. And as a side note, as
of that day he had not been saddled and ridden in probably at least a month due
to having others to work and some very busy days keeping up with all the routine
stuff that requires so much time. It goes to show me once again that while great
training is obviously vital, DNA and a great student to begin with trumps it all...
ain't your grandma's trail horse...
Destiny of Dollar has always been
very affectionately called "Little Stinky" around here and I will tell you why. We
found him quite by accident while going to look at another horse, who when we got
there to see, had a hind leg that was torn to shreds by a fence and the folks "somehow
forgot" to mention that small fact. We had driven 2 hours and were very frustrated
to have wasted so much time and fuel for what could have been prevented. However,
sometimes things have their own way of taking the direction they're supposed to and
we found this little yearling in a back stall just covered with dirt/manure and we, of
course, had to get him out of there. He had a wonderful disposition, was so very sweet
and it was not his fault that he was in such a mess and actually "stinky". So as a term
of endearment we started referring to him as "Little Stinky" and obviously whether or
not it should have, it stuck. We started him our usual way with ground work at 30 mos
and then put about 10 rides under saddle before turning him back out to grow until
we felt it was time for him to finish out. He is now 4y/o and stands just a sniff over 15h
so he is a great size for lots of riders. His gait is one of those absolutely awesome ones
that requires nothing special and easy for anyone to find. In the woods he is willing &
able to tackle whatever has come up and done it with the expertise of a seasoned pro
which is because he was born to be a trail horse. He will politely walk on a loose rein
all day long but he will always be ready to move on out for the asking which makes
him loads of fun to trail ride. Because he is a little more forward and responsive he's
not for the rank beginner but he has never done one ugly thing and I would take him
absolutely anywhere to ride and know I have a great horse under me. We have a good
young friend who loves riding him and will be sad to see him leave ESF but we have
several more for him to enjoy and he does a great job when he rides. While we may
refer to him as Little Stinky I can tell you this boy smells the BEST to me... $5600
8/1/2014 Stinky went to the fair and it was his first time ever to go to "town" and he
did the best taking all the hoopla like a gentleman with barely a bobble... The picture
to the left was taken during the observance of the National Anthem...Fair Picture
Alt.Picture1 2 3 4 Head Picture1 2 3 4 Video1 2 3 4 Mini Trail Video
Video from when he was just 2y/o Trail Videos coming asap...
"Say Hello to my little friend"...
Hello Jose' is one of the absolute
and gentlest guys we have ever had around our farm. I have to fight Lisa for the
opportunity to get to ride and enjoy him. He has been fearless any and everywhere
we have taken him from totally rural riding to very urban settings where hikers and
mountain bikers and kids on Jungle Jims are all in the mix. Nothing has ever upset
or even grabbed his attention from what he is doing so riding him is just plain easy.
At just 11y/o, he is the perfect age for lots of folks looking for that last great partner
to spend thier time riding out on the trails and he stands a very beefy 15-15.1 hands
so he is plenty of horse for almost any size rider. Jose is an excellent housekeeper in
his stall and loves to get out and romp as well, and he is really somehing to see when
he gets out after a few days up in the stall. But don't let that bother you as he is one
really laid back and mellow fellow under saddle, and I don't mean lazy either. Just
calm, cool, and collected. We rarely ever get the chance to offer a really great aged
horse as they just do not come available unless someone has some sort of "lifestyle"
change that won't allow them to keep their loved one. Somebody is gonna' be some
kind of fortunate to make this boy their very own as I doubt that we will find another
like him for some time to come, if ever. His gait is nice and smooth and he has the
perfectly soft mouth that we train into our own horses that we start from scratch, and
that is not what we usually find on older horses. Meeting him in person will prove
it all and I suspect that the first person genuinely looking for that special life partner
will be taking him home pronto. Tony Montana would have been mighty lucky and
proud to introduce Jose' as "his Little Friend"... $6900
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the ladies love him... Cassanova Slim
Pickens is another example of just
why we go back to certain bloodlines over and over again. He's the brother to both
Freckles and Pretty Boy who are two of the best we've ever raised up and both of
the ladies that made them their partners would not take a million bucks for them.
Slim is coming 4y/o, 15.2h who's maturing into one great trail riding professional
taking on the toughest challenges we've come up against like it was child's play.
I once rode him out of the woods and onto a side road where there was an old farm
equipment "graveyard" which included about any type wierd implement you can
imagine. We went right down into the middle of it all and picked our way around
the maze of junk, and the ocassional 10 y/o round hay bale, and he never gave any
of it a second thought. He's got a very beautiful way of going and this super sweet
disposition to match making him one fantastic partner. All of the everyday stuff
is simple and easy to do with him and, of course, loading/unloading/baths/shoeing
etc are all done with ease. I'll have to say that Slim keeps one of the neatest stalls
of any horse ever and, believe it or not, he can stay out in the pasture for a few days
and still look clean in spite of all that beautiful white. As good as he is today, he'll
be incredible like his brothers as he ages and matures physically making him some
kind of fun. His gait is very nice and it gets better and better every time we go out
and put in some miles. He'll stand stock still to mount, walk off on a loose rein, or
get busy and move on out if that's your pleasure. This Cassanova aims to please so
get ready for some fun... $7200 Reg. TWHBEA Alt.Picture1 2 3 4 Trail Picture
Head Picture1 2 3 TackPicture1 2 Video1 2 3 4 5 6 NEW Trail Video1 2 3 4 5
Santana has just enough white to be really "fancy"
Get out your best shirt...
Beaucoups Fancy Pants
will certainly carry you out
in some serious style no matter where you're going. He's a big 16h, 8y/o TWH who
is another one of the many brothers we've had the pleasure to offer the last several
years. His gait is awesome and stylish and when you pair that up with incredible
coloring what you get is some major "bling bling". This big boy has all the right
stuff to satisfy the most avid rider who wants to look great and get the job done. I
can't imagine how you could get a better total package and he's got years of great
riding ahead. Santana is sweet like every one of the many brothers we've raised up
including my personal horse, LS. He loves a bath, is a breeze to shoe/clip/groom,
loads/unloads the best, stands stock still to mount, and is just an overall joy to be
around any time/any day. As you can see in the videos, he'll walk out on a loose
rein, step up into his incredible gait when asked, and cooperate with any request.
We only have one more of these for a while as the next crop are just coming along
as weanlings and yearlings and we're going to miss riding them until they come
of age. We hear all the time, "you can't ride color", and although that is so very
true it sure is nice when you can. That being said, I would take a dozen more like
him in any color of the rainbow and that's just as true for every other horse we've
got to offer at this time. Out on the trail Santana is simple and easy to ride taking
any challenge presented confidently and competently. He seems to thrive in tough
terrain and always has enough grit to get the job done right. It's time to go shop
for some new wardrobe becasue you're gonna need something extraordinary and
sharp to go with these Fancy Pants... New Pictures coming as he is much beefier.
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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".
This statement couldn't be any more true... Ha Ha
We have several horses available who
are not yet posted because the
time/schedule has not cooperated for taking pictures/videos. Feel free
to call for more info and I will be posting pictures/videos asap...
Another great brother to my personal horse, LS, and a dozen otheres we raised
up by the same sire... He's beautifully marked Sorrel & White and such a lover.
BEEAAUUTIFUL and STYLISH 6y/o Black and White 15h gelding...
Several others coming very soon as time permits pictures/videos...
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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