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    03-30-2013, 01:24 PM
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Weanling
Long-distance riding horse for a large person?

I am looking to get into competitive long distance/endurance racing in a few years and my dad, who is 6'3" and 225 lbs., would like to do that with me. He doesn't have a horse and we were wondering what other people's opinions are on breeds or breed crosses would work well for endurance with a person of his size.
I know all horses are an individual and there are exceptions for every breed, so I would just like general suggestions on breeds that would be good for this.
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    03-30-2013, 04:23 PM
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Green Broke
I am same size and looking for the same.
Polish, Crabbet, Russian , french arabian, stay away from show stock, Measure circumference of the cannon bones. Bigger is better. Your looking for real close to 8 inches.
50/50 crosses I would consider Morgan, Saddlebred, TB. REAL appaloosa. IE not the colored QH's
75 arabian/25 other I would consider... Id add paint or QH to the mix and really anything other than draft.
You don't mention where you live, Farther north and the colder your rides the more heavier breeds can be ok.
Also terrain can be a factor. Shorter horses do better in the mountains and rough country, long tall in the flatlands. COurse that's just the phsical aspects. Endurance is also a mental game. SOme horses have heart some don't, some will eat and drink on the trail, some wont. Some are calm cool and collected, some will freak out at vet checks. That's the sucky part trying to figure that stuff out. Best most super duper race bred Huge cannon boned straigh backed Arabian aint worth a flip in endurance if it freaks out when the vet looks at em.
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    03-30-2013, 05:06 PM
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Trained
I've seen several standardbred/Arabian crosses do extremely well in endurance when living in Europe. Have yet to see one here, tho.
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    03-30-2013, 07:21 PM
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Green Broke
I would expect they would do ok, lighter leaner horse. With some height and long legs. Just don't see many.. I think parts of the country in to standard breds, arnt into Arabians, so you don't see the cross that much.
Theres a really pretty NSH near me I keep looking at, pics make it look like it has skinny legs, need to do a drive by see what it looks like,
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    03-30-2013, 07:41 PM
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Trained
The ones I've seen( friend of mine had a couple of Standie mares and a straight Polish Arab stallion), were out of warmblood type and size mares and Polish race selected Arab lines. Smaller warmblood height, a tad more slender, tho, good bone and a really great mind. Wouldn't mind having one of those
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    03-30-2013, 08:49 PM
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Weanling
Thanks! Gives me something to think about. I was wondering, Joe4d, what breed is your mare? She is very pretty!
     
    03-31-2013, 06:15 AM
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Green Broke
Shes a TWH,, very nice horse, but would have never bought her if I knew then what I know now. Too much muscle mass for endurance. Just don't pulse down or handle the heat.
     
    04-03-2013, 08:38 PM
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Foal
One breed I would consider looking at would be a standardbred. Some breed lines can be slightly stocky to carry more weight and I have seem some do extremely well with endurance
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    04-03-2013, 08:45 PM
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You might look at a Saddlebred Arabian cross. Some have done very well in endurance. But in all honesty, if he can find a purebred that is wide enough that HE is comfortable, he should not worry about an Arabian carrying his weight. Their bones are dense for their size.

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    04-06-2013, 04:39 PM
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Green Broke
I'd also look at some of the stockier TWH's out there too. Lots of stamina with them and good gait for covering ground.

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