Hello everyone, it took me a while to find you. I'd been searching the web for really good horse board and I think I've come to the right place this time. LOTS of stuff about draft breeds.
So here's my situation, it's a bit lengthy but I'll try the concise version. I'm and adult rider in my 30's not exactly "new" to riding but new to riding a specific discipline. I've been taking lesson since the begining of the year (and I'm getting pretty good). I ride english just because I found it to be more comfortable foe me, and I took to it easier than western. So now I've come to the point where I want to buy my own horse. This will be my first time owning a ridiable horse (I had a pasture pet Morgan for about 4 years). I am sorta tall for a girl (5'9") and I'm a little overweight, and to top it all off I have a weird shaped frame; my torso is short and my legs are really long (36 1/2" inseam) so when I sit atop a horse I feel really weird if he/she is a small/short horse and my legs hang down too far. So when I started looking for horses I started with draft/draft crosses. The first reason being that they've always been my favorite breeds among horses, particularly shires and perch's. Although I'll be 1st time horse owner, I think I have my feet planted firmly in reality meaning I'm conscience of abilities and knowing what I'm able to handle and knowing when I'm in over my head. I've looked at and riden about 40-50 horses so far over the past 2 months (my frustration is mounting) some were wonderful and some were way out of my league...so I passed. Recently my trainer told me to stop looking so hard and when it's time "my horse will find me" (whatever). But I think she may be right. One of the horses I looked at recently is a 12 year old dapple grey perch. He's so sweet and friendly, and should be poster child for the term "dead broke" but yet he still has some fire in his pants. He's worked as carriage horse, and done several renaissance parades, exposed to just about everything and spooks at nothing. I feel very safe, confortable and CONFIDENT when I'm on him. Here's the thing...he's a behemoth at 17.2h and 2000lbs of pure puppy dog. I was really surprised at how comfy he is to ride, he's got fluid movement, not "stopmy" like some other drafts I've riden (he's got a canter that will cover a football field in 2 seconds lol, he quite leggy). I've been back to see and ride him 4 times already and my heart hasn't changed. And it may just be my wishfull thinking, but the last couple of times I think he was exciterd to see me too, I walked out in the pasture to get him he walked right up to me and follwed me out no halter or anything and stood quietly to be tacked up (even with my fumbling). Yesterday when I left he walked along side the gate the entire length of the driveway as we were driving out. So when I told my trainer about him, initially I don't hink she was too concerned, as she probably figured it wouldn't go anywhere. But it's going on close to a month now and I'm still head over heels for this Perch. So she tells me today that she doesn't think it's a good idea because she feels he's "too much horse" for me as a "beginner" ( I was crushed). I've had others say differently, and of course my heart and mind say he's the perfect horse for me, but now I'm doubting myself.
Anyone have any ideas/thoughts, etc. on draft breeds as a first horse. What would be your main concern? Am I overlooking some critical issue? Any and all thoughts and opinions are welcomed (just be nice please even if it's not the answer I'm hoping for :)[/PHP]
Thank you in advance