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post #1 of 26 Old 03-13-2008, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Breed recomendation?

Alright, I am TOTALLY new to horses, so you're going to have to bare with me when I say totally foolish stuff!! :roll:

What breed would you recommend for someone with these requirements...

-beginner
-5'11" 130lbs
-needs very gentle horse to gain confidence
-nothing too huge or intimidating
-something that would be a good trail horse

Also, would it matter if it were a gelding or a mare? I've heard mares tend to be 'temperamental'...is that true or just a myth?

I really just need a good, sturdy horse for recreational riding and trail riding. I very highly doubt I would ever do any sort of competitions.

Thanks! :)
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post #2 of 26 Old 03-13-2008, 11:56 PM
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I would recommend a Quarter Horse.

I also recommend geldings to all beginner riders. They are normally very sweet and lack the 'hormonal inbalances'. I myslef am not the biggest fan of mares. I like them just not their attitudes when they go into heat. Mares do tend to get...pissy is the word? lol sorry

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post #3 of 26 Old 03-13-2008, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, the lady at the barn where my mom leases a horse always talks about how pissy mares are...I wasn't sure if I should believe her or not!

Thanks for the welcome! I'm so excited to be here!
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post #4 of 26 Old 03-14-2008, 12:00 AM
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It pretty much depends on the personality and training of the horse. Some geldings can get really mean, or be so sweet. Some mares can be moody, or they can be very sweet. It all depends.
I think a Quarter Horse/cross. Maybe something a little bigger, though, since your pretty tall. What's your price range (don't tell me if you feel this is too personal - I totally understand!).
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Adding to Cheval: are you looking for anything realyl specific? Are you ready to buy or just looking around? Colors you like? Etc? hehe. Glad to help!

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post #6 of 26 Old 03-14-2008, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Right now I'm just looking around. I'll probably take riding lessons before I actually purchase a horse. If I would purchase one, my the max my mom would want to pay would probably be $5000, preferably less. I'm just doing some basic research now so that I know what to look at.

As for colors, I LOVE palaminos, buckskins, red roans, and bay coloring. Buckskins are probably my favorite, followed by palaminos!

I know that if I do buy a horse, I'm gonna have to buy based on temperament...but it sure would be nice if it was the color I liked too!

When someone is looking for a horse to purchase, where would you suggest they look? So far I've checked a couple of websites (equine.com) but that's about it.
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Right now I'm just looking around. I'll probably take riding lessons before I actually purchase a horse. If I would purchase one, my the max my mom would want to pay would probably be $5000, preferably less. I'm just doing some basic research now so that I know what to look at.

As for colors, I LOVE palaminos, buckskins, red roans, and bay coloring. Buckskins are probably my favorite, followed by palaminos!

I know that if I do buy a horse, I'm gonna have to buy based on temperament...but it sure would be nice if it was the color I liked too!

When someone is looking for a horse to purchase, where would you suggest they look? So far I've checked a couple of websites (equine.com) but that's about it.

Now that I've spent some time looking at pictures, I just have to say that I'm moving BLUE ROAN to the top of my list, along with buckskin!!
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post #8 of 26 Old 03-14-2008, 12:57 AM
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First off welcome to the site and congrats on getting into horses! (:

Personally from what you said I'd have to agree and say a quarter horse or quarter horse cross would be a good bet. I'm a bit partial to QHs but I think that overall they're a generally laid-back breed as opposed to say a TB or an Arab. (Again, thats just most of them. One of the first horse I learned to ride on was an Arab and she was a sweetheart).

I'd also recommend a gelding because as you mentioned, mares tend to get pissy and hormonal. But every horse is different. Since you're just getting into horses I'd also say get a seasoned horse. Something that can help you learn how to ride and already knows the ropes. It's worth the extra money.

Hopefully that was helpful =)
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post #9 of 26 Old 03-14-2008, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you!!

Yes, that was very helpful. I am just beginning my search, so I'm very open to any new ideas! The horse I'm visiting (not riding! see my intro post for more info) right now is a 12 year old QH, and he's a total sweetheart. My mom is already leasing him, so that's probably where I'll start, but eventually, I'd like my own so we can do trial riding together.
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post #10 of 26 Old 03-14-2008, 01:34 AM
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Leasing is amazing--Thats where I started. I would definitly recommend it before buying a horse.

Good luck =)
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