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post #11 of 12 Old 02-15-2014, 09:14 AM
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A first horse will be a teacher. Therefore the first horse should know more than the student. Breed is less important than temperament and experience in the horse.

That said, I don't favor gaited horses as first horses. A trotter teaches better balance and appreciation of equine movement. It permits the free application of training in a very wide variety of philosophies where adding gaited movements can muddy the instruction.

After a couple of years learning basics the rider can easily shift over to a gaited horse and then progress building on their foundation.


P.S. And the quality and competance of the instructor for the first time owner is also much more important than the type of horse involved.
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post #12 of 12 Old 02-24-2014, 01:12 AM
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Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches View Post
I think you should think about what you want to accomplish in the future. My personal choice was OTTB or TWH too! It got down to how much I wanted to work. OTTB's are a lot of work.

Most TWH have not been sored. The majority of them are pleasure horses.

I really do miss a trotting horse and working my way back to a good sitting trot.
Its usualy those that are ex performance horses. Sometimes you will find an ex heavy shod Plantation show horse can aslo have been sored. You wont find that in your pleasure types. However many are "shot gun" trained. But there is a plethera of those that are trained well and have no issues.

"The question is not, can they reason? nor, can they talk? but, can they suffer?" Jeremy Bentham
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