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    05-30-2012, 07:12 AM
  #1
Yearling
A fun challenge!! (3 "breed information" factors)

Okay guys, I have been giving a TON of thought to BREED CHOICE. In that, some time about a year or so from now, I will probably be ready to CONSIDER EITHER a lease, Or......A PURCHASE of my FIRST HORSE...!! I won't go into what sort of riding I PLAN on doing, I just want as much info as I can collect about YOUR HORSES and what different breeds are great about, and NOT so great about, as well as what they are used for and how they do at their "jobs"!!

So here is the challenge: (Each person should describe)

A)What breed of horse you own/lease/ride primarily?

B) Tell me ONE favorite thing about this horse that is breed-specific, and one NEGATIVE thing that is more than likely either breed-specific, or commonly thought of as a trait known to this breed.

and finally,

C) What sort of riding do you do (primarily) and is this breed the "usual" breed used for this discipline?

I know, it's lots of stuff, but I LOVE LONG posts (I'm SURE no one noticed that, right?? ) AND seeing that I WANT as much info as possible, I figure, who doesn't want to share info about their HORSE and their MANNER of RIDING, right?

OH!! And PICS are TOTALLY WELCOME!! Now who's FIRST???
     
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    05-30-2012, 07:33 AM
  #2
Showing
I hope this is a long post.. kind of feeling blehhh atm. But I didn't buy him, he was given to me.. so not sure if this post really applies to what you want.

A)What breed of horse you own/lease/ride primarily?
I primarily ride and own a Dutch Warmblood/Paint Cross. He is 17hh, a very nice stocky but good proportioned boy. He's a gelding.. but still gives me some attitude.

B) Tell me ONE favorite thing about this horse that is breed-specific, and one NEGATIVE thing that is more than likely either breed-specific, or commonly thought of as a trait known to this breed.

A trait I like is that Warmbloods use their hocks well and express beautiful movement. It's very sought after and he certainly has a lot of talent. He carries himself in all three gaits in different speeds and it never looks bad.. it's always floaty and happy and feels good in the saddle.

One thing that I have noticed is warmbloods have very strange facial measurements. They have their own class of halter and bridle size.. and since mine is stockier due to the paint in him, he gets an entirely different (bigger) halter than he would if he was pure. So everything has to be either special order or custom made and much more expensive. That really annoyed me when I went looking for western headstalls. 3 kinds ain't going to cut it.. when "horse" size has over 200 different brands and styles. So I'm getting mine custom made and honestly really nervous about it.

and finally,

C) What sort of riding do you do (primarily) and is this breed the "usual" breed used for this discipline?
I honestly ride just to ride. But we did begin dressage as those basics are very crucial and I had a dressage saddle instead of a western saddle at the time. I do enjoy both, and hope to ride both with him. I also like riding bareback but we haven't gotten there yet. The breed usual is dressage or eventing, and I can see him easily getting there. But I want to let him explore each discipline to see what he likes best (because honestly I love it all)

So I have a really sought after breed.. but I'm not ga ga over showing him or anything. Much rather trail ride or play around in the arena.. which is very unusual for people to discover.
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    05-30-2012, 07:54 AM
  #3
Showing
A)What breed of horse you own/lease/ride primarily?

Thoroughbreds primarily, also have a Percheron and Paso Fino

B) Tell me ONE favorite thing about this horse that is breed-specific, and one NEGATIVE thing that is more than likely either breed-specific, or commonly thought of as a trait known to this breed.

Thoroughbred #1: Love his great, playful demeanor and the fact that he seriously gives everything when I ask him to. I take him from an eventing competition to a leisurely walk down the trails and he's completely at ease. However, he gets anxious in new places, as most TBs do, and screams a lot away from home. I've been taking him to a lot of places recently, which seems to help.

Thoroughbred #2: She never stops working and never gets tired. This is her best and worst breed-specific characteristic. I've taken her on the trails for 4+ hours, and have to restrain her at the end from working too hard because her body is not ready for what she wants to do, however fast her mind might be working. Her nervous energy makes her weave, which I can't fathom as she has 24/7 access to pasture from her stall.

Percheron: Love her laid-back temperament and in-your-pocket personality. She's very personable and will follow you around her pasture looking for attention. Yesterday I spent twenty minutes just standing with her head on my shoulder, she's very calm. Her worst draft horse aspect is her God-awful canter. I have to stretch before I ride her or I get cramps when she picks up the canter. Still a long ways from when I got her, when she could canter for only a few strides!

Paso Fino: We've had him for 22 of his 25 years, and he is the perfect horse. Still pretty hot at his old age, but typically when I'm riding him and he knows he can give me more go. Completely beginner-safe horse with other horses on the trail and VERY smooth gaits. Worst aspect is his stubborness. He's very buddy-sour towards "his" miniature mare, and will scream the entire ride if I take him on trail alone.

and finally,

C) What sort of riding do you do (primarily) and is this breed the "usual" breed used for this discipline?


Thoroughbred 1: Eventing and trail riding, pretty typical for OTTBs
Thoroughbred 2: Dressage and trail/hacking, somewhat typical, and barrel racing (not typical)
Percheron: Trail riding, reining, and (don't laugh!) Western Pleasure locally.
Paso Fino: We've taken home ribbons in Easy-Gaited eq and pleasure (actually Grand Champion twice running), speed events, bareback classes, reining, I ride him bridleless, do lots of trail riding, and have even jumped him. Very well rounded for a Paso.

Excel (TB1):

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Molly (TB2):

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Lenox (Perch):

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Arthur (Paso):

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    05-30-2012, 08:51 AM
  #4
Foal
A) Tennessee Walking Horse

B) I could go on and on about all the wonderful things about this breed, but to narrow it down, one positive attribute of this breed is that they are gaited. They have an incredibly comfortable, smooth gait.

Being gaited could also be viewed as a negative attribute, depending on your specific horsey-related goals. In my particular circumstance, my horse has a hard time cantering because he is gaited. Sure he can do it, but it doesn't come out as a smooth, 3-beat canter. It's more like a pace-canter. Keep in mind though that some gaited horses have no problem cantering. It all just depends on the horse's own personal ability and mechanics.

C) I trail ride and show in Western Trail Pleasure with my horse. This breed is the ultimate versatility horse. You don't see them doing just one or two different disciplines. They trail ride, show in English and Western performance, rope cattle, barrel race, jump and more!
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    05-30-2012, 09:04 AM
  #5
Yearling
So far, SO AWESOME you guys! What GREAT information and it's SO GREATLY appreciated...I have just learned at LEAST 10 new things that I had never had even a passing familiarity with regarding each of the breeds you both mentioned! Thank you!!!

I am SOO happy to have started this thread as I can see that it is going to give me a TON of information to consider and digest.

This will also be greatly helpful in my quest for what breed of horse might be best for me!!
     
    05-30-2012, 12:16 PM
  #6
Weanling
[So here is the challenge: (Each person should describe)

A)What breed of horse you own/lease/ride primarily? QH, 4 years old lenas jewel bars, bob acre doc, grand daughter.

B) Tell me ONE favorite thing about this horse that is breed-specific, and one NEGATIVE thing that is more than likely either breed-specific, or commonly thought of as a trait known to this breed.
She is very cowy just like she needs to be.

and finally,

C) What sort of riding do you do (primarily) and is this breed the "usual" breed used for this discipline?
I do team penning on her, she has AQHA points. And she did cutting before I got her with NCHA money. She trail rides and can do whatever I ask.
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    05-30-2012, 12:41 PM
  #7
Weanling
A)What breed of horse you own/lease/ride primarily? 2 year old Paint horse, Topsail Whiz grandson

B) Tell me ONE favorite thing about this horse that is breed-specific, and one NEGATIVE thing that is more than likely either breed-specific, or commonly thought of as a trait known to this breed. I only have 6 rides on him so far, but he is so willing and calm. He does give me a little attitude on the lunge line when I'm warming him up and making sure there will be no buck, but once I start ground driving or riding him he is a perfect gentleman. He is one of those hop on in the pasture bareback horses and I love it

The negative...he is quite lazy. When leading him you better not have to be somewhere fast, he likes to take his time and look at everything. In the saddle he likes to walk and it takes a little extra encouragement to get him to trot, but we are working on it

C) What sort of riding do you do (primarily) and is this breed the "usual" breed used for this discipline?
We ride western. Right now he is still a baby so we just ride in the pasture until the arena thaws out. But I want to do some reining on him and take some dressage lessons if I can find anybody out here.



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    05-30-2012, 12:55 PM
  #8
Green Broke
A)What breed of horse you own/lease/ride primarily?
Let's do Hennessy, 5 week old QHxPaint

B) Tell me ONE favorite thing about this horse that is breed-specific, and one NEGATIVE thing that is more than likely either breed-specific, or commonly thought of as a trait known to this breed.
Well for one thing he's freaking gorgeous. At two weeks old, he was so friendly with people. He's a little spitfire, and should do his grand daddy proud. One negative thing about the breed? The chance of HERDA. Henny has Poco Bueno in his lines on his dam's side, so he may be a carrier for HERDA. I will have to test him ASAP when I get him in August. The pictures I've attached are of Henny at two weeks old.

C) What sort of riding do you do (primarily) and is this breed the "usual" breed used for this discipline?
I'm hoping to do some competitive riding in the future with Henny. His grandsire Shots Flying Spark was an all-around type stallion, and I hope Henny will be the same. I'd also love a trail-friendly horse I can go on camping trips with. :)
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    05-30-2012, 01:02 PM
  #9
Trained
A)What breed of horse you own/lease/ride primarily? Currently, Anglo-Arabian.

B) Tell me ONE favorite thing about this horse that is breed-specific, and one NEGATIVE thing that is more than likely either breed-specific, or commonly thought of as a trait known to this breed.
He is a REALLY good event horse... I know a few Anglos and not one of them isn't a superb jumper. The negative, he can really hold a grudge! (that's an Arab thing, they are really loyal but if you don't do right by them watch out)

C) What sort of riding do you do (primarily) and is this breed the "usual" breed used for this discipline?
Mainly? I showjump. I have also evented him (he has done a lot of eventing, before I got him), and up until a few days ago had always planned to try show hunter with him (that's a showing class, no jumping in it, it's purely type, how they move, and how pretty they look). Tell an English person and they would skin me alive lol he is not traditional hunter type - but he IS a lot more solid than most of the "show hunters" you see in the ring.

Most Anglos do some show hack (same thing as hunters but with bling and finer built horses) and dressage, and many jump and event. Monty is very Thoroughbred-ish in type, more so than any other Anglo I have met, but he is differently crossed than any other Anglo I have met - Monty's sire is the TB, his dam is the Arab... majority here are TB mum, Arab dad. The only real Araby thing about him is his ears, and he has a very small jibbah... no dish!

EDIT; just have to say, Kayella, Henny is NICE. If he goes missing... don't look for him here :P
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    05-30-2012, 01:21 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Thanks, BYP! I'm hoping he exceeds my expectations one day. :)
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