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post #21 of 26 Old 03-15-2008, 05:42 PM
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well this is just me but i prefer geldings my boy's a gelding and he's a sweetie. also i would go with either an appyor a quarter horse or a mix of the two (lol that what my boy is ) . but seriously appys are very sweet and are so willing. What type of riding do you want to do? that will greatly determine your choice of breed.
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post #22 of 26 Old 03-15-2008, 08:26 PM
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I am new to horses also, been taking lessons for about 5 months, bought my first horse at the beginning of February. I couldn't be more pleased with my experience so far! I wanted to share the events that led to where I am today, because I believe that things couldn't have happened any better!

I started taking riding lessons at the end of October 07. My instructor had me riding different horses at the barn so that I could see what differences there were in horses gaits, personalities, etc. as I learned. Having experienced many horses, I better knew what I wanted in my horse when eventually I started looking.

By December, I had become comfortable enough with my instructor that I asked her to help me look at horses. I started looking at all those .com sites and visited a few horses. She was willing to help me find the right horse, and I volunteered to help at the stable in return and purchased a few lunches/dinners.

As it turns out, people in the horse world know plenty of other people in the horse world who sell horses! I ended up leasing a horse that a reliable friend of hers had raised and trained for a month and at the end of the month I purchased him. I am also boarding him at the barn I have lessons at so that of course I use him for my lessons, but whenever I run into a problem with him, I have expert people to help me out!

I would definitely say for a beginner, that leasing the horse for at least a month beforehand is a GREAT idea! I think any reputable person who cares about their horses and their buyers would definitely agree to that. In fact, the person who was selling my horse probably wouldn't have flat out sold him to me after watching our first ride (he likes to find a good match!)...another good sign!

Good luck!
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post #23 of 26 Old 03-16-2008, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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I'm just looking into western riding- trail riding and recreational riding. No competitions.

Melinda, that is awesome that you had such a great experience! Because my mom is leasing a horse right now, I am getting a chance to get a feel for caring for a horse. I'm actually hoping that one of the other people who boards there will lease one of her horses...she's almost never there to ride them...
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post #24 of 26 Old 03-16-2008, 04:33 AM
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Welsh! They're fun, and not too big, or too small, and I really think that they are pretty fun to ride.
Also, I would rather a Gelding then a mare any day. Mare's kick and get really moody, while the geldings just go with the flow....

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post #25 of 26 Old 03-17-2008, 11:52 AM
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What ever floats your boat.

What ever you find that works (personality wise) the best with you.
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post #26 of 26 Old 03-18-2008, 12:39 AM
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I would go with a gelding. Tho there are exceptions to all genders, geldings are usually less tempermental.

As for for the breed of horse, it's a case to case basis. Quater Horses can make great first horses BUT you are tall and I think you would find it difficult to find a horse that suits you properly. You should look for an older horse that has done it all. Most older horses by this point arent affected by a green rider and will take you around the arena and around courses without problems.

My first horse was a 15 year old tb. Great first horse. Had done it all and was very patient with my many riding mistakes.
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