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Thunderbrook Tennessee Walkers

~We Pride Ourselves on Versatility~

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Thunderbrook Tennessee Walkers is located 48 miles south of Miles City on Krista's family ranch (Donsbach Lazy 3L Ranch).

Krista was born and raised in Montana. Her interest in Tennessee Walkers began in 2003 when her parents purchased Bum's Rambo Delight (Bo) a 1992 Gelding from Larry and Niki Martin of Twin Bridges, MT. In the Fall of 2005, Krista decided she wanted another Tennessee Walker because her and her mother were always fighting over who got to ride Bo. They were always fighting over Bo because they both enjoyed his smooth ride. Both Krista and LaDonna have bad backs due to Scoliosis, so riding Bo was so much easier to ride than a Quarter Horse. So Krista's search began for a Tennessee Walker colt and preferably a Buckskin colt. She wanted something that was young that she could break to ride. In all of her searches she found Laredo Moon, a weanling buckskin colt in Wyoming. She fell in love with him and decided to buy him. He was purchased from Karen and Andy Canchola of Evansville, WY. Her first intentions were to geld him. Then she got to researching the breed and his bloodlines and realized she had a exceptional bred colt. So Krista decided to get into breeding Tennessee Walkers.


So after Krista decided to get into the breeding, a new search began for a mare or two but not to hard as Laredo was only going to be a yearling that year. Then one day in the fall of 2006 we found out one of our neighbors had Tennessee Walkers. So Krista gave her a call and found out she had some mares and fillies for sale. So Krista and LaDonna went over and visited. They met Linda Morgan of Volborg, MT and her herd of Tennessee Walkers. Krista then decided to buy a mare and filly, Generatin Diamond Delight (DeDe) and Generatin Gold Knockout (Kanasta). Kanasta was DeDe's foal of that year. Then in the winter of 2007, Krista just happened to be looking through some horses for sale and came across Cactus Comanche Moon (Comanche). She couldn't resist her color, breeding and the price was right. Comanche was purchased from Tom Fornstrom of Pine Bluffs, WY. In the winter of 2009, Linda Morgan contacted Krista and stated she needed to move some horses due to health problems. So Krista purchased Pushin For Rainbows (Rain). In January 2010, Tami Lynn Arndt of Wishing Wyoming Ranch contacted Krista and stated that Holiday French Silk (Holiday) needed a home as she was not wanted at her current home. So Krista agreed to take Holiday and give her a loving home. Holiday is the dam to our stallion, Laredo Moon. Then the story just continues on from there.


All of our Tennessee Walkers and other horses are ridden on the Donsbach Lazy 3L family ranch. The ranch is a 20,000 acre cattle ranch and they do all the aspects of ranch work. So they are very versatile. We breed for disposition, natural gait, conformation, work, play, show and color is just a plus.


Owning a Tennessee Walker is affordable, with a price range for every person’s pocketbook. Consider the breeds easy ride, companionship, dependability and versatility when purchasing your next horse or breeding your mares this spring. Visitors are always welcome to the ranch. We would be proud to introduce you to this wonderful breed.


Our Thoughts on Color Genetics

I test all of our horses unless there is only one color combo of that color between the cross. I not only enjoy color genetics but believe that knowing their true color is a must for registration and identification. Also like being able to pin point a more specific outcome between a cross. So for example a horse that is homozygous black versus heterozygous black. That also brings up agouti. You can't look at a red based horse and be like that horse is homozygous agouti. We have a smoky black sabino mare that was registered as a black grey roan sabino. Upon further investigation we knew that there was no way she was a black grey roan sabino. I knew she was black based but that was it. So I decided to test her for cream as her grandsire appeared black but was throwing buckskins on non-dilute mares. Also her sire had produced a cremello and he was registered as a black as well. So she came back as a smoky black sabino. Another great reason to color test horses, the cream gene can hide on black based horses very well. I could go on and on about colors and wrongly labeled horses. If want to know more please email me or send me a message on Facebook. Also want to add I test all my horses thru UC Davis. I also love using the coat color calculator.


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Proud Member of the:

Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association

Tennessee Walking Horse Exhibitor's Association of Montana

Natural Ambling Horse Registry


Some reasons why we breed Tennessee Walkers instead of Quarter Horses


The quarter horse is a terrific athlete that does amazing things in shorter situations like running barrels or running a quarter mile (from whence they were named supposedly)..the Tennessee Walker is built more like a long distance runner (long and lean muscles) whereby they are able to do their famous "running walk" for great distances...they are awesome for endurance races against Arabs as well as any type of dressage or ranch work that requires distance (like with a larger ranch)...I have tried to ride just in pleasure rides alongside of quarter horses and they have trouble keeping up with the walkers gait...Just like the walker would have trouble keeping up with the shorter bursts of speed of a quarter horse...the breed isn't nearly as large in numbers as the quarter horse in this country thereby controlling the market prices somewhat...a lot of people get into the walkers after having back trouble with the jarring trot of other breeds...As a horse lover, I love both breeds, but am very partial to the walkers because of their awesome cadillac glide, and "rocking chair" cantor...The walker association breed slogan is "Ride one today, own one tomorrow"...Sadly there are many walkers being bred nowadays that cannot gait...Like the Morgan breed, some folks are foolishly breeding out the wonderful gait they are famous for...the "foundation breeders" like us we are preserving the breed as our brood stock and stallion has the old time gait and their babies can literally gait at birth..which makes our babies even more marketable...To, not only do we have that wonderful old fashioned gait in our babies, we also have color which is extremely marketable right now, even in this bad market.