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post #11 of 16 Old 07-01-2008, 08:14 PM
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I've been riding for about 19 years and just got my first horse a year ago this November.

Willy's a "been there-done that" 16 year old Appendix qh gelding. He was packed on and roped off of, and has competed in western pleasure and had dressage lessons...he also carried kill after hunting trips, and so is quite seasoned with loud noises, and all animals.

I agree with M2G on this one. An older horse that can teach you a TON is your best bet. I learn so much from Willy every day. He's so patient and kind...but man, he lets me know if I'm doing something REALLY wrong !

Also, check out the potential horse's eye- a gentle eye is always a good thing to look for.

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post #12 of 16 Old 07-01-2008, 09:10 PM
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I've been riding for about 19 years and just got my first horse a year ago this November.

Willy's a "been there-done that" 16 year old Appendix qh gelding. He was packed on and roped off of, and has competed in western pleasure and had dressage lessons...he also carried kill after hunting trips, and so is quite seasoned with loud noises, and all animals.

I agree with M2G on this one. An older horse that can teach you a TON is your best bet. I learn so much from Willy every day. He's so patient and kind...but man, he lets me know if I'm doing something REALLY wrong !

Also, check out the potential horse's eye- a gentle eye is always a good thing to look for.
Can I have Willie? I've heard that carrying kill is one of the hardest things to teach a horse. He must be a great horse

I agree about the kind eye, a must have for me.


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post #13 of 16 Old 07-01-2008, 10:23 PM
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I think a qh would be a good first horse but thats my opinion lol :)

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post #14 of 16 Old 07-02-2008, 12:58 AM
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i reckon it's better to look for a horse with a nice personality rather than breed. a couple of other people have said it aswell, and i agree with them. but having said that, looking for a breed that has a normally calm, nice temperament is probably a good idea. quarter horses would make a good 1st horse, most of ours are good doers and quiet. not only that they're pretty versatile too, depending what you wanted to do. hope you find a horse!!

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post #15 of 16 Old 07-02-2008, 09:02 AM
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Kansas had awesome advise, add in if you fall in love with a face-go home think it over and come back with your vet!!! buy nothing without a second-professional opinion, i adore the percheron X's or any draft cross they are so loving, willing and so much fun-but you will find the perfect partner for you if you keep what these guys all say in mind-personality beats beauty every time-if you spend the time researching you may find both in one package. You are going to have so much fun!!!!!
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post #16 of 16 Old 07-02-2008, 11:02 AM
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Willy is a great horse! I have no idea how to train a horse to carry kill, but he carried and pulled elk and bear....I bet he's glad he doesn't have to do it anymore :)

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