Thanks for all the input. I really appreciate it! I know one auction that does get some Huntsville horses, they said about every 6 weeks. We go to the auctions when we can, anyways. It's a fun "date night" for us and we dissolve (ok, just me...my husband might break a smile though) into hysterical laughter when the caller says "this horse aint done a thing wrong since it's been in here" and the horse has been in there like 12 seconds with the wild eye look. I digress. I am a gelding girl, nothing against mares...owned quite a few...but with 5 small children I need all the help I can get! We want something big and stout, so that's a second box ticked. I don't care if it's papered. I think most aren't. I have two papered horses already and one is a good step-up horse for if my daughter does ever progress to the point where we're talking about rated shows. I know someone who has a mare that's a 21 yr old prison horse, not sure what she was used for but a monkey could ride this thing. Also, the guy I buy my hay from has about a 15 yr old mare and he says the same thing about her. I'm looking for something to build confidence on with my kids, mainly. I have one like that already but I need more than one. I want to be able to pony on trail rides, etc. Thanks for all the responses. I am learning so much. I tried to contact the Huntsville prison (at least one of them...there are 7, right?) and that sweet woman wasn't exactly customer service oriented.