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post #1 of 12 Old 03-25-2008, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 12 Old 03-25-2008, 01:42 PM
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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.


Cocoa - 32 yr old QH, Cherokee - 8 yr old TWH & Toby - 16 yr old QH
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-25-2008, 01:43 PM
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i agree a Quarter Horse is a good first horse, but then again it all comes down to the individual horse itself.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-25-2008, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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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
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-25-2008, 01:50 PM
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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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post #6 of 12 Old 03-25-2008, 02:16 PM
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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.

Ride more, worry less.
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-25-2008, 03:41 PM
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I have two mares... and while I am partial to mares... I agree that a gelding might be a better choice.

Less PMS :P


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post #8 of 12 Old 03-25-2008, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I guess that decision is final then! :) I will definitely look into getting a gelding.
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-25-2008, 05:31 PM
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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.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-26-2008, 12:03 PM
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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 dont own horses of both genders and have no problems with either one.
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