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post #1 of 27 Old 01-11-2011, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Breeds for Beginners

I has friends who want a horse. I told them no hot tempered horse breed. Like Tb(I love them), mustang or Arab.

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QH
Morgan
paint

After that I went blank.. Anymore breed, well be thanked.
My friend wanted a mustang... The other doesn't know what she wants.
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I'd be careful going by breeds. TB's do tend to be hotter than QH's, but it's definitely inconsistent. I've ridden QH's that won't stop cantering until you practically run them into a wall, and TB's that won't move.
Each horse has an individual personality. While looking at Paints, QH's, Morgans, etc. is a good starting place, you have to be sure and evaluate each horse seperately.
That said, I'd also consider some pony crosses, draft crosses, etc. as they tend to be a bit bigger or smaller than their purebred counterparts, respectively. And the pony/draft blood will often make them a bit calmer than other horses. Still, evaluate individually, because you never know... Good luck to you and your friends!

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I'd be careful going by breeds. TB's do tend to be hotter than QH's, but it's definitely inconsistent. I've ridden QH's that won't stop cantering until you practically run them into a wall, and TB's that won't move.
Each horse has an individual personality. While looking at Paints, QH's, Morgans, etc. is a good starting place, you have to be sure and evaluate each horse seperately.
That said, I'd also consider some pony crosses, draft crosses, etc. as they tend to be a bit bigger or smaller than their purebred counterparts, respectively. And the pony/draft blood will often make them a bit calmer than other horses. Still, evaluate individually, because you never know... Good luck to you and your friends!
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True, each horse is different.
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I learned to ride on a Fjord & i love them. I own one now & they are super calm. You have to make sure they're properly trained, though, as they can be renoundly stubborn! So long as they're taught to give into pressure, bend, etc they make incredible beginner mounts :)

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Some Morgans can be quite hot. I wouldn't rule out Mustangs either, I've known some to be extremely mellow and bomb-proof.
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I think rather than just going breed specific, I would look at age, use and also how much help they will have along the way.

In each breed there are hotter and milder horses no matter what. I'd look at a more mature aged horse, one who has been ridden a lot and has trail rides under their belt and I'd look at what kind of ride yu want. Gaited, Trotter...etc
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I would tell them to look at the individual horse temperament rather than a breed. My previous QH was appendix bred for barrels and she was HOT. Took a while to train her to not be gate sour etc.
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Look at training and experience. Older geldings are best for beginners usually but every horse is different. I know Choctaw horses are very easy to train and suitable for beginners, but its not easy to find one that's already trained.
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Yeah.. My friend(s) might be coming to lessons with me. So that will do some good too. I was thinking of a older mare or gelding. Though they might have to broad.... I thought after they get a good horse they could board at my place for free. The only cost is to buy they are feed and vet fees..

What about a mix bred? Or a saddle bred?
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I have seen people who have had great success with both of those. The one thing I would think on mixed breeds is know what breeds and also it can be tough bc they can take different qualities of each breed.

You could get an arabian quarter horse and end up with something reallyu hot. Just pay attention to that.

Myself, I am fairly new to training and I took some time off of riding so wanted something relaxed and calm and TWH are infamous for that temperament. The first time i even got on my girl she just stood there like "okay so now what?"

If you're looking in the gaited direction I would look at Tennessee Walking Horses if you're looking for a calm horse great for trails and with endurance.

I love saddlebreds, but I believe they have a more spirited personality? Not as well versed on them.
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