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post #11 of 26 Old 03-14-2008, 10:18 AM
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I would also recommend a Quarter Horse gelding. Buckskins are fairly common in quarter horses (that's my favorite horse color, too!). Go for something a bit older, preferably over eight years old. In my experience, eight seems to be the "magic age" where maturity increases. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that an eight year old has a lot of "miles" on them, so if a younger horse gets worked often, they might reach this level in their training earlier. Like others have said, it all depends on the horse!

I have a Quarter Horse and an Arabian. While I love them both, I definitely wouldn't recommend my particular Arab for beginners. I've also ridden Morgans, Appaloosas, Thoroughbreds, Paints, and grades. QH is still my recommendation for beginners.

As far as height is concerned, there are a lot of QH out there that are tall.

Do you have someone who can help you in your search? It's a very good idea to bring an experienced horseperson with when looking at prospective horses.

As far as websites to search on, in addition to, I've also searched on,, and If you type in "Horses for Sale" in a Google search, you'll come up with a ton of results. Also, I see you're in Wisconsin so you might want to check Be careful of that one, though. There are a few horse traders on there that are a bit shady. They are only interested in profit and not the well being of the horse, so they have no hesitation in selling you a horse that isn't suitable for you or a horse that is lame or extremely old (all the while passing it off as a sound horse). If you click on "List all Horse Ads for this Seller" and get a ton of results, with many different kinds of horses for sale at extremely low prices, you might want to be careful with that seller. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

Hope this helps, and welcome to the forum!
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post #12 of 26 Old 03-14-2008, 11:44 AM
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I recommend Quarter Horses as well!

However I don't think that you should totally eliminate mares. I have 4 mares and none of them are pissy when they are horsing. But I have known some mares too be. Personally I prefer a mare as a riding horse especially for beginners becuase of the natural mothering istinct and they tend to be more of the babysitter type.

I find mares are more loving and loyal as well.

BTW-Our stallion is a blue roan, one of my fave colors as well!
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post #13 of 26 Old 03-14-2008, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome! Thank you so much for all of the help! Quarter Horse it is!

The farmer my mom leases her horse from is 70 something, and has been working with horses since his teens. If I do look at horses, I'll probably ask him to come along and give his opinion.
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post #14 of 26 Old 03-15-2008, 12:21 AM
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I would definitely go with a Quarter Horse. They are so sweet and forgiving. Perfect for beginners. They have a very laid back personality and are definitely confidence builders.
Depending on what you were going to use the horse, I would get a larger horse 15.3+. You are tall and if you plan on showing you need a horse that you will fit well, but if you are going to use it just for trail riding you may even be able to get away with something 15.2.
Personalities really depend on the horse. I know many people that really dislike mares because they are tempermental. I have many mares and it really doesn't bother me. My friend has a mare who is very tempermental when she is in heat, though. My geldings are more pushy and mischevious then the mares, so I actually perfer mares, but it really just depends of the horse.
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post #15 of 26 Old 03-15-2008, 11:58 AM
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Like everyone is saying I would go for a quarter horse. Even though you are tall it doesn't necessarily mean you need a big horse. Expecailly in quarter horses because they are more of a bulkier breed so they can carry taller people. I would reccomend you look at both geldings and mares and test them out because I have to mares whose attitudes never change while there in heat. infact i think they are actually sweeter when they are in heat ha ha ha.

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post #16 of 26 Old 03-15-2008, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, well I'll definitely take a look at quarter horses! The ones I'm around now are quarter horses, and are all very sweet, so I can see how they would be good for a beginner. I'll look into geldings AND mares...quite honestly I've always preferred and felt more comfortable around mares...BUT I was never around them for more than an hour or two, so I don't know if they ever had those 'temperamental' moments. Oh well, we'll see! I think I'll be able to tell when I've found the right horse - mare or gelding.

Thank you for all of the help and all of the warm welcomes! This is a great forum, and I can already see it will be a lot of help to me in the future!
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post #17 of 26 Old 03-15-2008, 01:47 PM
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Good luck!

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i've usually always ridden geldings and thought i liked them better until i bought my first horse. A mare. Vega is such a good girl and even though she does get a little moody when she's in heat, she's still good. (then again, women get PMS so it's sorta like the same thing) And i feel i can relate to her when she's a little moody.
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post #19 of 26 Old 03-15-2008, 02:43 PM
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Also, definatly get a vet exame BEFORE buying the horse. Have a few people (not just the farmer) come and look at the horse, and give opinions. Good luck!
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