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    09-05-2010, 12:44 PM
  #1
Weanling
Breed for me?

I've been looking at horses for a while now...I'm 13 and I've been riding since I was 8. I use some parelli & clinton anderson techniques. I'm looking for the perfect horse for me. Arabians have always been my favorite, but after reading some of the posts on here, would they be too much to handle for me? They're supposedly very smart...not sure if that's a good thing. I've been emailing back & forth abut a thoroughbred, and I'm going to ride him tomorrow, but now that I think about it, I feel he might be too tall for me. He's about 16.2 hh, and I'm about 5'4" We are going to show cross country and I want an...active horse. Not exceptionally high strung, but I'd take that over a dead beat one. Riding bareback is my favorite thing to do, and I think the horses like it better, too. I used to ride 14-14.2 hh ponies and I could just vault back on. Is it even possible to vault that high on 16.2 hh TB? Sorry this all mixed up and random but I'm lost. I thought warmbloods might be good for me, but they are all out of our price range. Our budget is about $3500 and under. My parents are buying the horse & I'm paying for tack & equipment, and also half the board each month. I've basically narrowed it down to Arabians and TBs. I want a horse I can bond with...I usually ride in a halter except shows.

Please help :) Feel free to ask questions, becuase I know that was very mixed up. Wasn't sure what to include. Thanks.

XxEmilyxx
     
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    09-05-2010, 12:57 PM
  #2
Green Broke
My answer to all of these threads are the same: Do not focus on breed. Focus on temperment and training. I have owned both Arabians and Thoroughbreds, as well as stock horses. Not a single one wasn't athletic. Don't limit yourself to certain breeds or you may just miss out on the perfect horse. Good luck with your search. Let us know how it goes!
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    09-05-2010, 12:58 PM
  #3
Foal
I am with sunny on this. All breeds from what I have learned can be good and bad. Good luck with your search!
     
    09-05-2010, 01:03 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I agree, don't limit yourself to breeds. If you like the look of the horses ad, then go look at it, but don't only search throughbreds or somehing like that.
Im about 5'4 and I have a 16.1 warmblood, and I love that size. My mom is like, 5'2 and she has a 17.1 hand warmblood. Personally, I like tall horses. But it really depends on the person, you might feel better on a smaller horse. My mom can swing up onto my horse fromt he ground, but I can't even get on a 14.3 hand pony from the ground. Lol.
     
    09-05-2010, 01:07 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Same with me, I think that both can be high strung, but both can be the most gentilest (is that a word?) things. I've ridden both before when I was a pure beginner, and they did pretty well for me, the tb was acually slow and sluggish unlike some tb's and the Arab was stubborn, but a great babysitter when you had control of him. So again it depends on the training. Now I'm about 5'2" and I lease a 14hh quarter horse mare and she is the best for me, but again, it depends.
     
    09-05-2010, 01:58 PM
  #6
Showing
I am in agreement with everybody else. Temperment and training first, breed second. Pretty much any breed of horse can be successful at the lower levels of XC, even short stock horses (check out pix from Sandie the buckskin Paint, her mare is barely over 14 hands and they do cross country).
     
    09-05-2010, 02:25 PM
  #7
Started
I'm with everyone else, for sure.

Though I must note...if you go with a TB, bareback may not be as fun anymore (they tend to have higher pointier withers, not so comfy)
Great personalities though, when you find a sane one!
Dang, I bet my horse for sale would be great for you, but you're way over there in Florida!
     
    09-06-2010, 05:06 PM
  #8
Weanling
Quarter horses are the best!!
Oooh or a quarterab (quarter-arabian cross)
You might like. Get the look and the calmness possibly with one.
:p
I'm just biased. But like the rest, don't focus on breed first.

Just keep meeting and riding different horses.
Eventually there will be one that just feels right to you.
     
    09-06-2010, 05:20 PM
  #9
Showing
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Originally Posted by xxEmilyxx    
I've been looking at horses for a while now...I'm 13 and I've been riding since I was 8. I use some parelli & clinton anderson techniques. I'm looking for the perfect horse for me. Arabians have always been my favorite, but after reading some of the posts on here, would they be too much to handle for me? They're supposedly very smart...not sure if that's a good thing. I've been emailing back & forth abut a thoroughbred, and I'm going to ride him tomorrow, but now that I think about it, I feel he might be too tall for me. He's about 16.2 hh, and I'm about 5'4" We are going to show cross country and I want an...active horse. Not exceptionally high strung, but I'd take that over a dead beat one. Riding bareback is my favorite thing to do, and I think the horses like it better, too. I used to ride 14-14.2 hh ponies and I could just vault back on. Is it even possible to vault that high on 16.2 hh TB? Sorry this all mixed up and random but I'm lost. I thought warmbloods might be good for me, but they are all out of our price range. Our budget is about $3500 and under. My parents are buying the horse & I'm paying for tack & equipment, and also half the board each month. I've basically narrowed it down to Arabians and TBs. I want a horse I can bond with...I usually ride in a halter except shows.

Please help :) Feel free to ask questions, becuase I know that was very mixed up. Wasn't sure what to include. Thanks.

XxEmilyxx
Arabs are great for bonding. They're intelligent, yes, and you have to know how to cater to their intelligence. You can't bore them, but you can't ride the same pattern every day in the same order with the same routines....even if it is interesting. They'll start anticipating your next move. They'll jump into a trot as soon as you shorten your reins. They'll change leads early when doing figure-eights if you do them constantly, because they're incredibly smart and know what to expect--they memorize.

My uncle and aunt have an arab and half-arab reining ranch in Colorado I love to visit, and their horses are NOT high-spirited, out-smarting little devils because they know how to work with arabs. They change things up and put their intelligence to work in a good way, where both horse and rider are comfortable.

I rode all of their arabs when I was there, fell in love with one of their horses (National Show Horse [arab x saddlebred cross] in my avatar, worth $30,000) and man, was she smart. I taught her to bow in thirty minutes one day. I still can't get my Paso Fino to bow, and I've been working on that with him for a year! I spent one day of riding her just working on "throwing her out" with the reins, then gathering her in, working on not letting her change pace, even when she expected to go ahead and trot because horses often associate gathering the reins with going faster. At the end of the lesson, she understood perfectly that she was not to change pace unless asked.

Thoroughbreds....Well, I have two, and let's just say they need ridden every day. If you can give that to them, they'll be happy. They're probably a better choice if you're looking at their competetive, jumping and dressage aspects alone, rather than temperament. Personally, I prefer the NSH or arab to the TB for temperament, but I honestly would never go out and buy an arab for eventing.
     
    09-06-2010, 05:52 PM
  #10
Started
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I agree with all you said about arabs, good job :)

IMO arabs & TBs are quite similar in the fact that they can be high-strung with the wrong type of people.

And although I love to lobby for arabs' versitality, you'll never see one in cross country olypics. Some have the heart to jump, but let's face it, rarely can they compete with a TB.

That being said, I'm with the others. Try to ignore the breed/gender and find a horse that suits your riding ablity.
     

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