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post #11 of 18 Old 06-17-2011, 09:00 AM
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They both sound very nice. What kind of trails will you be riding on? Depending on the terrain, a smaller horse can get in and out of tighter places better than a larger horse! I'm partial to Arabs, though!
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post #12 of 18 Old 06-17-2011, 11:40 AM
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i didn't read all of the replies but i also want to point out that a trial for each would be your best bet, you should also inquire about the mares heat, as some girls just simple go nuts while their in heat, and some you couldn't tell. i do think the gelding would be the better choice though, for once because he's smaller, yes big mounts are fun and i'd love to have one but for those over grown and tight trails your going to be getting wacked in the face with a 16hh horse.

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post #13 of 18 Old 06-20-2011, 11:40 PM
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Having owned TBs, I would go to an arab. I've ridden multiple arabians as well, even retrained one. Even tho they are 2 completely different breeds, they can offer some great things for you, but it really comes down to the horse itself.
I really do enjoy both breeds, tho if I had to pick(horse depending of course), this time around I would look at an arab.

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post #14 of 18 Old 06-20-2011, 11:50 PM
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I, personally, would go for the thoroughbred because I am quite leggy and wouldn't fit on 14.3hh, and because in my disclipline (hunter/jumpers now) arabians aren't the best suited.
If you would fit comfortably on either, just try them both, get a pre-purchase exam, then choose the one that would be most suited. It all depends on which one you are most comfortable riding, with a personality that you like.
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post #15 of 18 Old 06-21-2011, 12:33 AM
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I don't know much about TBs other than what I've heard about their feet.
Of the 2 breeds, I prefer Arabs. They are for the most part easy keepers with great feet, brains, and lots of go.
That being said, our Arab is nothing like that. He has good feet now, but they were crap when we got him. He's a hard keeper, lazy, and little on the dull side.
I would go with whatever horse you like best.
Based on the description alone, I like the TB.

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post #16 of 18 Old 06-21-2011, 04:30 PM
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Ok forgetting everything else...which horse do you feel the most bond with? Since you are going to be pleasure riding you want to enjoy the time you spend with your new equine partner and the bond is probably the biggest part of this. Height and breed really don't matter as much as the bond. Which one would you rather hang out with for three hours? That is what you will be doing on trail rides. Personally of all the horses I have owned I really do preffer mares as I tend to bond with them so much more strongly but alot of people find the opposite or that it doesn't matter which.
What does your gut tell you when you look in their eye which one makes your heart swell? That for me (provided the horse meets the requirements of what I'm looking for which it sounds like both of these do) is the most important factor!

I'll be interested to know which one you pick :)
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post #17 of 18 Old 06-23-2011, 08:30 PM
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I currently own both and Arabian and a TB and for this situation I would pick the Arab. Arabs have far better feet that TBs and the Arab seems more well suited for what you are doing. It doesn't matter if he's 16 because my first horse was a 17 year old Arab and everybody thought he wasn't a day older than 10. Also owning both I can tell you that Arabs require far less maintenance. My TB is hard to keep weight on and can be "ribby" at times even though he gets fed enough. My Arab is chunky on pasture and one flake of hay twice a day. You even stated that you would feel more comfortable on the height of the Arab vs the height of the TB. Ultimately your comfort is the most important with your horse.

After considering both of them, I think the Arab is the better choice.
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-25-2011, 04:17 PM
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One of my favorite horses I have owned was a TB, however in my experience with TBs and the reason for selling mine is that they are a costy breed, for all the food they need, etc. that I would most definitly go with the arab which a good hardy, generally easy keeper horses.
Although TB are one of the funnest horse breeds.
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