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    02-20-2011, 12:33 PM
  #31
Weanling
Pawz, you seem smart and logical. I'm sure you'll make a great choice for a first horse.

Even though horses look more alike than dog breeds, humans have still had their hand in the breeding selection for hundreds of years. Just like in dogs, in the past hundred years or so humans have caused more extreme changes than were seen before in history. Some of these changes are physical, but a lot have to do with selecting for certain temperamental characteristics.

Just like with dogs, knowing what a horse was bred for will help you out a lot in the selection process. I would read a book about breeds and then read between the lines, imagining how the horse's original purpose they were bred for translates into their conformation and temperament.

Arabians were bred to have tremendous endurance. That requires a lot of energy. Many were bred to look good in the halter show ring. This means they have the ability to get snorty and prancy with a minimum of outside stimulation. Even in your barn.

Pleasure QHs are supposed to jog along with so little action the rider can sit in the saddle and not feel uncomfortable.

Thoroughbreds were bred to race and jump. Obviously most of them are high energy horses also.

Draft horses were bred to pull heavy equipment. They will have a lot of stamina, but only at slower paces.

My point is that so many horses people call "crazy" or "wild" are just bred for specific purposes that may or may not mesh with what you have in mind for them to do.

It can be hard to know when buying a horse whether a horse is what they're represented to be. Horses that seem mellow at first glance might be poorly managed and when properly fed and exercised can become quite the handful. Or a horse that appears well trained might have been doing the same thing in that same arena for 5 years. When you take the horse out of his comfort zone it might be a whole different story.

That's why it is helpful to know some basics about a breed so you can know if you can reasonably expect this certain animal to be what he is represented to be, or if he might change when you get him home and start working with him.

With a grain of salt...my friend has a Connemara/Standardbred cross. Both breeds are supposedly mellow and unflappable. This horse is the hottest horse I've ever met. :)
     
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    02-20-2011, 01:36 PM
  #32
Weanling
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Originally Posted by CJ82Sky    

Overall also like dogs people will tell you that mutts are the best
Mutt dogs are not necessarily the best. With a purebred dog, you at least have an idea on what you are dealing with size-wise, temperament-wise etc. Mixed breeds can be fine companions but they are not any better than a purebred dog.

Sorry to hijack, but as a breeder of Labrador Retrievers I had to dispel that myth.
     
    02-20-2011, 01:41 PM
  #33
Weanling
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
I am biased, of course, but if you'll be looking for a good, all around horse for pleasure riding, the stock breeds (Paint/QH/Appy) are generally very stable, smart, willing horses with good dispositions that can do just about anything. They also tend to be low maintenance, easy keepers (which saves you a bunch of $$s).
Agree totally with this. I wouldn't have anything but a stock breed.


When I was looking for my first horse 2 years ago, I found some good links and books on how to properly buy a horse.

How to Buy a Horse | Help to Buy a Horse
Horse Buying Mistakes - Top Mistakes People Make Buying A First Horse
Horse Talk -- How To Buy Your First (Perfect) Horse

This book helped tremendously
Http://www.amazon.com/Be-Smart-Horse-Buyer-Avoiding/dp/1929164416
     
    02-20-2011, 03:40 PM
  #34
Foal
Thanks everyone :) I like to get to everybodys input, sorry if its getting annoying

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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.
I rescue/adopt all my pets so if I get one that I "outgrow" I will probably keep it and use it for my family to ride when they visit :) But ty for the heads up and I agree I may get to the point where I want something more to work with

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Pawz, you seem smart and logical. I'm sure you'll make a great choice for a first horse.
Aw thanks! I do try

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imagining how the horse's original purpose they were bred for translates into their conformation and temperament.
Makes sense :)

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Draft horses were bred to pull heavy equipment. They will have a lot of stamina, but only at slower paces.
I know this may sound stupid, but I may want to get into this in the future. I own an APBT and have considered doing something like this with him. I currently work with him on some stuff that takes the APBT endurance :) anywho, I love that kind of stuff and I think that along with the beauty of the Draft's is what really draws me to them.

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Agree totally with this. I wouldn't have anything but a stock breed.
What exactly is a stock breed? I am new also to terminology




TY for the links
     
    02-23-2011, 10:30 PM
  #35
Foal
I haven't thought this getting a horse thing completely through yet. I know I like hight, 16H or 17H. Not a real fan of the shorter horses, no offense intended.
     

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