Originally Posted by Juttley73
Hi I am new to this site hope I'm posting in the right place! I am a first time buyer and have 2 daughters 9 and 12 and want a horse that is suitable for a mother daughter share any recommendations for bleeds to look for and are geldings generally more Laidback? Thanks joxx
Welcome to the forum, you might do better making your own thread (so people will be more likely to notice you). But in my opinion, while breeds are all a little different - the individual animal is what you need to know. I would avoid 'hotter' breeds like thoroughbreds, arabians, warmbloods - but there will still be exceptions in those areas. I would recommend quarter horses or draft crosses, they tend to be mellow and easy going.
No matter what breed you get you want to be sure to visit, ride, and get a pre-purchase vet exam on the horse before
riding! If the seller won't let you do any of those things before hand RUN the other way! I also seriously recommend having a trainer and having the trainer accompany you while looking at horses, their experience they may notice something you don't. More eyes are always better anyway.
Personally I'd avoid ponies, unless they're larger pony breeds - as much as a good pony is worth their weight in gold, having to sell a pony when the kids grow out of them is just about the most heart breaking experience. Get a horse the kids can ride now safely and will grow into.