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post #21 of 35 Old 02-19-2011, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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TY for the info :) Its funny you say to get a gelding not a mare, I have always had a preference to male animals, not sure why lol. I definitely want a gelding :) Thanks again everyone! I will read around and I am sure I will have more questions!
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post #22 of 35 Old 02-20-2011, 01:18 AM
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Honestly if you are looking for something to ride then forget about breeds. First make a list of the qualities you want in the horse. Things like the training of the horse, temperment etc.

Then you search based on that not based on breed.
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post #23 of 35 Old 02-20-2011, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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The reason I asked about breed was someone told me some horses are not meant for just riding. For instance I really want a draft horse but they said they aren't good to just ride.
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post #24 of 35 Old 02-20-2011, 10:24 AM
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I disagree with Gottatrot. And agree with MIE. Basically yes. Most breeds have standards. But you may find a bulldog that LOVES to run. And a lazy border collie..

As for horses. Yes TB's and Arabians are known as "hyper" but I know some VERY mellow ones. So don't limit yourself by breed and gender. Find something, that's a know it all, and quiet. I wouldn't even limit age. We just bought an APHA mare that is 3 years old. That is more quiet and gentle and willing then all of our more seasoned horses, and we had a 17 year old that has been broke since he was a baby, but was still an experienced rider only horse. I say go all out. Look at all see them all, visit them all! You never know which you will "click" with and which are just totally not what you are looking for. But to know this you will actually have to go see them. Just remember the vet check and the knowledgeable horse person :)


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post #25 of 35 Old 02-20-2011, 10:33 AM
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For having been a horseperson all my life I have experienced a multiple of different breeds and different temperments in those multiples of breeds. I have had experience with for the main part Quarter Horses and Paints, Tennessee Walkers, three-gaited and five-gaited Saddlebreds, Arabs, POA,Grade horses and a Pervian Paso. Every horse with in a specific breed has an individual personality, as already noted here, as opposed to breed specifics in dogs. For example, Terriers are a high energy dog that needs lots of time and room to run, some dog breeds are couch potatoes, etc.

Darling, for a first horse I don't think a Draft breed would be a good choice. Have you ever stood next to a Draft-bred horse? You could well be very intimidated by the sheer size of a Draft-bred. Your best bet would to be go with a light bred horse then eventually get a Draft-bred after you get some horse-experience to your foresight. Best of Wishes to You!!
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post #26 of 35 Old 02-20-2011, 10:41 AM
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I completely, COMPLETELY disagree with not looking at the breed.

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post #27 of 35 Old 02-20-2011, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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I have been around Draft horses yes and that is why I love them lol I do know it is not going to be a good first horse unless I happen to come across an old lad with extreme manners for adoption/sale (highly unlikely I am sure).

I think I will look at breed standards, just to get an idea, but not limit my search to just those breeds in case I come across one from another breed that does not fit their standards, yet a more calm one :)

Are there any stickies or links anybody can provide me with that helps pick breeds? They have a link for dog owners to match their lifestyle and wants to a few breeds of dogs. Also does anybody know if its easy to find a stable where I could volunteer? I was thinking of finding some near my home since I live across the street from horse property and somehow contacting them besides walking up to their door

Thanks for all the different insights everyone :)
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I own a very mellow Border Collie, but that doesn't mean breeds have no effect. My Arabian mare is fun, but I still have a sore hip from a tumble off of her in Jan 2009! She isn't crazy, but she is a lot more intense than most Quarter Horses I've met, and 2+ years after getting her and starting riding, she isn't very suitable for trails...yet. She is the horse that really got me interested in riding, but she was a pee-poor choice for a first horse for a 50 year old guy! I"ve picked up some bad riding habits from riding defensively on her.

If I had to do it over again, I'd probably look for a Quarter Horse. One that was 10+ years old, no more than 15 hands high (easier to mount) with a somewhat lazy personality.

Also, remember that your first horse doesn't have to be forever. Some are, but after a few years of riding, your needs and desires may change. It isn't evil to own a horse for a few years, then sell it (or give it, need be) to a good home.
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The reason I asked about breed was someone told me some horses are not meant for just riding. For instance I really want a draft horse but they said they aren't good to just ride.
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The key in your first post is that you are a beginner.

What this does is take the breed out of the question and emphasis the temperament and training the horse has had.

If you were to look at horses suitable for a beginner, you will find most are cross bred "schoolie" type horses.

The problem with buying one of these is that you can out grow them and end up deciding you want to do more that what they may be capable of.

To this end you are far better to get good instruction at a reputable school that has this type of horse to learn on and when you AND your instructor feel you are ready to move up to something with a "bit more" then look around and check out some with either your coach or someone knowledgeable so you are not over horsed or under horsed and will have the ability to do what you wish to progress further in the discipline of your choosing.
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post #30 of 35 Old 02-20-2011, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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I own a very mellow Border Collie, but that doesn't mean breeds have no effect. My Arabian mare is fun, but I still have a sore hip from a tumble off of her in Jan 2009! She isn't crazy, but she is a lot more intense than most Quarter Horses I've met, and 2+ years after getting her and starting riding, she isn't very suitable for trails...yet. She is the horse that really got me interested in riding, but she was a pee-poor choice for a first horse for a 50 year old guy! I"ve picked up some bad riding habits from riding defensively on her.

If I had to do it over again, I'd probably look for a Quarter Horse. One that was 10+ years old, no more than 15 hands high (easier to mount) with a somewhat lazy personality.

Also, remember that your first horse doesn't have to be forever. Some are, but after a few years of riding, your needs and desires may change. It isn't evil to own a horse for a few years, then sell it (or give it, need be) to a good home.
TY :) I think its clear a 10+ yr old horse is going to be the way to go
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