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        03-25-2008, 12:22 PM
    First Horse

    In a few years I am going to get a horse. I was wondering what a good choice of breed would be for a first horse. I will be riding mostly western with maybe some english mixed in, and I will be doing pleasure, trail, maybe later getting into jumping although it is not definite. I am 5'3" at fourteen years old, I am probably going to grow to be maybe 5'4"-5'5" but that is not for certain. I feel most comfortable on bigger horses :)
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        03-25-2008, 12:42 PM
    A Quarter Horse is usually a good all around horse.
    My first horse was (and I still have her 24 yrs later) a Quarter Horse.
        03-25-2008, 12:43 PM
    Green Broke
    I agree a Quarter Horse is a good first horse, but then again it all comes down to the individual horse itself.
        03-25-2008, 12:47 PM
    Yeah, I mostly will be looking depending on the temperment too. I forgot to add in my first post, what sex would be best? I hear mares get moody but are generally very sweet and geldings are very levelheaded
        03-25-2008, 12:50 PM
    Green Broke
    Some mares get extremely moody when there in heat. Also some tend to me very messy. I suggest getting a gelding.

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        03-25-2008, 01:16 PM
    A QH gelding would be good. :)
    I had a gelding for my first horse, & now I have a mare & she can get moody, hehe.
    QH's are very good for starters.
        03-25-2008, 02:41 PM
    I have two mares... and while I am partial to mares... I agree that a gelding might be a better choice.

    Less PMS :P
        03-25-2008, 03:16 PM
    Well, I guess that decision is final then! :) I will definitely look into getting a gelding.
        03-25-2008, 04:31 PM
    I learned to ride on two qhs a mare and a gelding. They both were extraordinary horses!! Patient and calm.
    I also can't stress enough the importance of a well-schooled horse for a beginner rider. Now, that said you may not be a beginner but a having a schoolmaster as a first horse is a great way to learn and prevents many conflicts.
        03-26-2008, 11:03 AM
    Both genders have their pros and cons. It goes down to the horse itself. The best horse I have ever ridden was a mare. She didnt allow a lot of people ride her, but for those she allowed it would always be a dream.

    If you can find the right mare and you can click with her, she will do anything for you.

    You can get a wonderful bond with geldings to tho it is a bit different I find.

    You should look around and try out a few different horses. If you have had lessons or have the option to have some now, it would be a good way to test both genders and figure out what works best for you. I personally have always been a gelding fan BUT I don't own horses of both genders and have no problems with either one.

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