Well, I've been really really thinking lately, and I've wondered what the best breed is for a first time horse owner is?
I realize all horses vary, but what's your opinion?
Preferably a taller breed (15-16 hands)
The first horse I rode for about 5 years was a QH/Thoroughbred. I loved her. It really does depend on the horses personality though. For example, I have known and ridden a few QH's who have been "hot" and needed a firmer hand. However, I would say that in general they are one of the more level-headed breeds.
Quarters and Paints genuinely make fabulous first horses. They are all-arounders, and can do anything you ask of them. Most of them are very level-headed and loving. Of course, personalities differ, and the way a horse is trained has a big influence on them, but as a general rule, I've enjoyed every Quarter Horse and Paint I've ever ridden. They run anywhere from 14-16 hands, and they're really easy keepers. :]