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post #1 of 10 Old 06-12-2013, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have any suggestions of a breed that;

~is between 14.3 and 15.3
~ is responsive and active
~ is reliable
Thank you

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-12-2013, 01:17 PM
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Any number of breeds fit that criteria. What you need to be focusing on is what your intentions are for the horse, as far as riding disciplines. That will best determine what breed you should be considering.

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I do pony club so show jumping cross country dressage

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Does anyone have any suggestions of a breed that;

~is between 14.3 and 15.3
~ is responsive and active
~ is reliable
Thank you

I have one of those.

He is 14.3, really responsive, forward, has nice movement and will jump any and everything put in front of him.

He is Andalusian X TB X Riding Pony.

Instead of shopping for a specific breed, how about just use your list above to shop for a horse that fits your criteria?

Horses are individuals, just like people, you will have different temperaments in each breed rather than the stereotype. Eg Stereotypically, Off the Track Thoroughbreds are supposed to be forward and go-ey with explosive personalities (more so if they are Chestnut)... I have a Chestnut OTTB who is the laziest, most chilled out horse you could come across. I have to use spurs when riding him otherwise he does not go forward at all, take your leg off him and he stops dead - canter to halt in about 2 body lengths.
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I agree that you would be better looking for horses that fit that criteria rather than looking for a bread. Every horse is different and one certain breed may fit that criteria but may not suit you.

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There are several close to us that fit that description that quite adept at any of those. They are all different breeds.
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-13-2013, 10:16 PM
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What your looking for really depends on the horse rather than the breed. I've got two QHs, both of which have entirely different personalities & abilities. They're the same breed. Two entirely different horses. I wouldn't rule out any breeds either just because they've got a bias towards them. My Arabian mare fits all of your criteria & is commonly a breed considered very hot or difficult to handle.
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.....temperaments in each breed rather than the stereotype. Eg Stereotypically, Off the Track Thoroughbreds are supposed to be forward and go-ey with explosive personalities (more so if they are Chestnut)... I have a Chestnut OTTB who is the laziest, most chilled out horse you could come across. I have to use spurs when riding him otherwise he does not go forward at all, take your leg off him and he stops dead - canter to halt in about 2 body lengths.


I have a pasture FULL of CHESTNUT OTTB MARES - talk about sterotyping going on *lol* and two of those are the best reliable riding mares we've ever had. (and personally I HATE chestnuts - yet 3/4 of my herd is chestnut, go figure huh?) Goes to show a good color is only as good as the horse it is one, I learned long ago color is the last thing I seriously look at.


Ok.... back to the original question....
Just about any riding breed would fit that criteria. So it would come down to any preferance that YOU have and then the individual horse. Not so much breed specific.
I've had QHs, TBs, Arabs, POA, and a few good quality "grade" geldings that all fit that description.

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My now oldish welsh section C x TB would fit your description, she's very smart and trainable, go where you point her, not spooky, has never said "I don't feel like doing this', never made a fuss about being shod, clipped, washed, vacuumed, moves at the slightest touch, stops at the slightest touch, happy with any other horses or on her own. She is rather a 'hot' ride so not for a novice but to me totally uncomplicated
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That doesn't mean that an identically bred horse would be anything like her at all
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