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post #1 of 23 Old 02-10-2010, 03:55 AM Thread Starter
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Question Horse breeds that are easy keepers

From previous posts and threads that I have read, I have come up with another question:

Which horse breeds tend to be fairly easy keepers (maintain good weight etc.) and out of those breeds which would make the better jumper?

*Sorry if this is in the wrong section didn't know which section it really belonged too
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post #2 of 23 Old 02-10-2010, 04:01 AM
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Like I said in the other thread you posted, along with temperament being an easy keeper isn't necessarily breed specific, it depends on the individual. Most(not all) stock horses tend to be easier keepers, but that's a generalisation, not a rule.

Also, any well conformed, sound horse can safely jump up to 3'6".
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sorry... its just that yes this will be my first horse, I have had plenty of experiences riding all sorts of breeds from clysdales to arabs to TB's. Which ever horse I get will need to live out all year round (will have some sort of shelter and rugs) so I want to make sure I get the right type of horse that can cope with that.
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Any horse can cope with that, if given the time to adjust. My guys are out just about 24/7, unblanketed. And are very happy that way. A three sided shelter and plenty of hay is all you need to keep a horse happy. And also like I said, just make sure you get the horse based on its training level and suitability to you. And always, ALWAYS have fun.
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I found that in general the Quarter Horse is hardy.


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We have some thoroughbreds that have been off the track for some time (not sure how long. I'm guessing 3+ years), that live just fine in the pasture. They have acclimated to being up north instead of in Arizona. They are pretty hardy and tolerate the different weather here pretty well.

My quarter horses are pretty easy keepers. I will agree with Kassierae. It really depends on each specific horse. Just like with the horses my brother's fiance brought up. 1 of them was a pretty easy keeper and the other three were not. Of the two we have still here..both have turned into easy keepers now after almost a year.

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I hear that haflingers are generally good keepers and it seems to have held true for me. As for jumping, they can do it and i've seen some pics of ones jumping pretty high (at least i'd think) but those are in austria. But good luck on your hunt for a horse!! : ]
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I think your going about this horse buying process all wrong.

Put breed aside, put color aside.

Decide on your budget for a horse, then go out and look for horses in your price range. Consulting a trainer you trust on this would be good as they will OBJECTIVELY tell you what kind of horse you are capable of handling and will help you find a horse SUITABLE for your riding level.

If you can't jump 3'6" why buy a 3'6" horse, if you can't afford a 3'6" horse why look at them.

This is your 3rd thread asking about horse breeds....

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Quarter horses can do just about anything and are pretty easy keepers.
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I think your going about this horse buying process all wrong.

Put breed aside, put color aside.

Decide on your budget for a horse, then go out and look for horses in your price range. Consulting a trainer you trust on this would be good as they will OBJECTIVELY tell you what kind of horse you are capable of handling and will help you find a horse SUITABLE for your riding level.

If you can't jump 3'6" why buy a 3'6" horse, if you can't afford a 3'6" horse why look at them.

This is your 3rd thread asking about horse breeds....
Excellent response!
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