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post #1 of 23 Old 08-12-2013, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Question Good beginner Breed?

I know that it is all based on the horse and how it is trained. I personally would not recommend a Morgan for a beginner because of how pushy some of them can be. My niece, who I live next door to, is looking for her first horse and has come to me for help. Her mom is a horse person but she wants her daughter to chose the horse herself, probably not a good idea at least my niece came to me. We live in Montana so the horse needs to be know for being hardy and calm minded, my niece is 5'6" and is 15 so she can still grow. What breed would you recommend? As I said before it all depends on the horse but is there one that would be better for a beginner?
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post #2 of 23 Old 08-12-2013, 03:58 PM
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Honestly any horse can be pushy if it is not trained boundaries. I have known many Morgans that were amazing "beginner horses" truth is what you want as a beginner is a well seasoned horse that will just push button pack a person around. One that has had years of experience and thousands of miles on it. The breed is far less important then the skills the individual horse offers.

Now if you were to say "I have this beginner friend whose goal is to be in speed events" breed might come into play more or "saddle seat?" then the breed might become more of an issue.
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My niece wants to do eventing, does that help?
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Yup. I have a TB gelding who is good for beginners, but have met ones that aren't. I know of a Standardbred mare that is good for beginners, but also know some that are not. Same with any breed, don't look for a breed. Look for qualities in that certain horse.
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I have never done eventing. What should I look for in the horse beside a good bombproof beginner safe horse?
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For eventing, look for SOUND horses who have absolutely no health problems(quite obvious)

The conditioning it takes to create a good eventer is ridiculous. Also, look for horses that are generally sound without being shod. Of course shoes help with the different/harder terrains, but you don't want to spend your days ripping your hair out because you can't keep the horse sound!
That's why my boy is no longer an eventer...his previous owner had such a hard time keeping him sound that it just was no longer worth it.
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I personally think that with a beginner getting a good all round horse with a good brain is better than getting a horse targeted at eventing. Realistically, a beginner may not be able to handle the intensity that is a trained/professional event horse. Which is why, I say look for a sound horse that has a good brain. I would not discount an older, sound horse just because of its age. You are looking for this person to get miles on them, not put miles on a horse.

That said, I know a lot of folks love quarter horses and feel they are great beginner horses. I tend to shy away from that. There are some great quarter horses but there are some very hot horses. I really like standardbreds, and if you can find one broke to ride or are willing to break a horse to ride prior to allowing the beginner to work with the horse they are great. As others have said, with beginners its less about breed and more about horse.
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post #8 of 23 Old 08-13-2013, 12:26 AM
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There is not a specific breed I would recommend, but more so a horse with the miles and experience. There are rules to the exception when you look at all breeds of horses, where I have no doubt in my mind there are great schoolmasters everywhere you look no matter the breed. What you need to look for is a quiet horse that has what you are looking for, in your area.
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post #9 of 23 Old 08-13-2013, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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I am looking at horses closer to home but a friend of mine told me about this place so I went to there website. The distance is fine for me, I am willing to travel. Here are the three:

Go to and click on horses for sale

The first one is a black paint named Elvis and the other is a grulla named Cash, he's the one I like but I like Elvis because he seems to have a lighter build which could make fitting an English saddle easier.

On the same site go to English horses & ponies and look at DiMaggio.

Just give me some edvice about which one you like or which I should avoid even trying. I will take my niece with me but I will ride the horse before her, not to mention have a vet and farrier come to look at the horse. They are within our budget but if you see one who is unsold that looks better then the ones I have picked tell me the name and I will look at it.
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Interesting site, with what appears to be some decent horses. Elvis is a pretty boy.

However, if your neice is a beginner, it will be a long time before she probably will get into eventing. I feel a solid horse on which she can continue her lessons, is the way to go at the moment.

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