Originally Posted by Porch Swinger
I'm looking at buying my first horse (I'm a beginner), my dd has a quarter horse. I would like to ride with her. All I want to do is walk on trails. I found an almost 20yo thoroughbred that sounds great. SHe is in great shape, well behaved, very well trained, will neck rein, responds to voice commands. The owners say she will still GO! If you want her to, but she is perfectly happy to just walk. Her mouth is tattooed.
So assuming she has a great personality and we get along good, what can I expect out of this breed? I was wanting an older gaited horse, but her price is excellent and I though she was worth looking at. I haven't gone to look at her yet.
TO date I've rescued TWO retired race horses. One was a thoroughbred named "Gambler" ... and the other is our horse we have now "George" (a Standardbred.)
Gambler stole my heart! He was such a sweetie! And when we rode him (my husband or myself) if we wanted him to GOOO ... he would. He had the "get up and go" still in him! But he was very respectful and obedient and only did it when asked.
Our current horse "George" is another one of those heart thieves!! We've only had him for a month now, and we're still getting to know him, and vice versa. I don't know if he still has the "get up and go" in him ... because so far he's not interested in running at all. My hubby TRIED to get him to run ... and it was like pulling teeth just to get him in a trot. Which is fine by me - because all I'm interested in is a nice and easy walk on the trails.
I would recommend either breed in a heart beat. Sounds like the one you're looking at would make a great horse. Hopefully it all works out for you one way or another.