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post #21 of 27 Old 06-16-2011, 11:55 AM
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I would look into a Gypsy Vanner! They have a wonderful disposition and typically a little smaller in size! :)
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post #22 of 27 Old 06-16-2011, 12:08 PM
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Drafts can be great, but don't limit yourself to them!

Also. for what you want, start talking to people in your area, they will know the quiet mounts hat might not be advertised besides for the word of mouth. Also, look at things other than drafts, you might find what you want in another breed, like a stocky pony cross(we have a newfie cross in our lesson barn who is perfect, the BO says she will never ever sell him)

A pony is a childhood dream, a horse is an adulthood treasure.
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post #23 of 27 Old 06-21-2011, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, everyone! I'm definitely trying not to limit myself in any way, and I want to do as much research as I possibly can before bringing any horse home. Like anyone, I have my favorite breeds and then I have the breeds that I'm curious about and would love to know more about.

In the past few weeks, I've actually been very fortunate to be in contact with a few Alberta-based rescue organizations and they've presented a few horses that have really caught my fancy. One is an Arab X mare and the other is a Standardbred mare. I used to work with Standardbreds and I've always had a soft spot for them, but to fall in love with the Arab was a complete surprise. I'm not usually a fan, but something about her just clicked.

I'm going to continue looking and meeting horses before I make a decision. I want to be 10000% sure that I'm buying the right horse, for the right reason. I want to be a good fit for the horse, and I want to horse to be a good fit for me. That'll take time to find that, but I'm patient.
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post #24 of 27 Old 07-08-2011, 02:14 PM
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maybe try a draft horse/stock horse combination. As a kid I used to ride a Quarter Horse/Percheron who was barely 15hh.
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post #25 of 27 Old 07-08-2011, 02:52 PM
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Have you ever thought of a Tennessee Walker? The more trail pleasure type ones are usually built a little more like a quarter horse, easy going, and a gait to die for. They range from pony size, I have even seen some reach 17 hh but that is outside the norm. Some are lean mean machines, others have like I mentioned before, a more western, QH buid. I work with several and I love them, they really have the sweetest temperaments. I know quite a few really good people in central Alberta who breed and train them.

Good luck, you have the right attitude for horse shopping!
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post #26 of 27 Old 07-08-2011, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! I just wanted to post a quick little update on my horse search - I found one and he's coming home next Saturday! I'll post a real introduction thread with pictures when he arrives, but for now, I'll tell you he's not at all what I was looking for. I went to look at him out of pure curiosity and I just fell in love. He and I just clicked.

HE is a yearling Quarter Horse gelding. Much younger than I would have liked, but very calm and I've already enlisted a trainer to help me out. I didn't plan to get on any horse until mid-next year anyway, so I don't mind the fact he's young. He's red dun (including the dorsal stripe and tiger/zebra striping on the legs) and about 14hh tall. His dam is 16.0hh tall, so I imagine he'll end up somewhere in that range. He's built very solidly, and has fairly decent ground manners for a baby - a little pushy, but that can be fixed.
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post #27 of 27 Old 07-09-2011, 02:22 PM
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Congrats on your new baby! Glad you found what you were looking for, draft or not :)

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