But there are 7 of us in the family and we are all going to want to ride. We have decided that after spending the time, effort, and money getting Sophie broken to ride, we will evaluate whether to get another horse or not. We would love to have at least 2.
My question is what are some breed suggestions for me personally. I'm 6'1" and weigh 230. I've ridden friends horses that are about the size of my mare, about 15h, but I just feel like they are small for me. I know they are plenty strong enough to carry me around, but some of my riding will be up in the mountains during hunting season and I will need a horse that will be up to carrying me in those conditions.
The last consideration is that our current horse is a Paso Fino and I'm told that if I do get another horse I'll want one that will ride well with her. I'm not sure if that means another gaited horse or not.
So will this overabundance of information in mind, what horses should I start researching and looking at so that I can be prepared in a few months if we decided to make that commitment. This would be my horse, that I let the rest of the family ride, but my horse. :)