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    10-19-2011, 10:10 PM
  #11
Foal
Thanks for all the help
I am in rural western australia but after school will be living in the city to go to university

I am a part if a pony club so have lessons about once a month
Getting my confidence back has been a long process because I can only ride when I go home (living at boarding school)
That probably doesn't help :)

I like the idea of a draft cross are they good all rounders?
     
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    10-20-2011, 03:53 PM
  #12
Weanling
Every breed has the potential to be docile or unruly. I have an off-track Standardbred who is perfect for me, being a nervous rider myself. I think that a draft cross would definitely be good for you.
     
    10-20-2011, 04:04 PM
  #13
Yearling
I'd suggest a quarter horse. They have size, but not too much. And most of the quarter horses I've ridden have been docile. But again it depends on the horse some quarter horses I've been ridden have been crazy, but I rode a thoroughbred who was completely docile, you've just got to go check out the horse, and get over your fear before you buy a horse =) Good luck.
     
    10-20-2011, 11:07 PM
  #14
Foal
Does anyone in Western Australia know of any draft cross horses that are for sale? If not do you know what sites to look at?
     
    10-20-2011, 11:28 PM
  #15
Started
There are several Gypsy breeders in Australia, who also breed crosses. Look up

GYPSY HORSES AUSTRALIA

And write and ask Danni. She will help you. You may tell her I sent you.

Lizzie
     
    10-23-2011, 01:16 PM
  #16
Foal
I wouldn't rule out any breed. The first time I got on Peanut, he hadn't been ridden in two weeks. I gave him a little squeeze to walk, he took three steps and stopped. Not like a typical Thoroughbred. I think the only thing you need to look for is older.
     
    10-23-2011, 01:29 PM
  #17
Started
I prefer taller horses too and you can find 16+ hh horses in paints, appys and qh's. You should be able to find a nice quiet horse in a stock breed. I have the perfect horse for you but he is not for sale. But if I can find one so can you :) Good luck...
     
    10-23-2011, 01:41 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Unlike some others here, I would definitely rule out Thoroughbreds. Not because you can't get some good ones, because you can, but because you have specifically lost your confidence on them, and I know how that feels, and you're probably just not going to feel confident on a TB because of your past experiences.

A Quarter Horse would probably be good, but in Australia they are usually quite pricey and not so easy to come across., and you're probably not going to get the size you want in a Stock Horse, and they do seem a little more highly strung than the Quarter horse (in my experience).

Heavy horse breed crosses seem particularly popular in Australia, and you can come across them in a lot of places. I recommend if you can only ride on holidays not to get a horse until you ride regularly. Most heavy horse crosses here are crossed with TB, generally Clydesdale, Percheron or Shire crossed with a TB. There can be some really nice horses, but I have come across a few who are strong, goey and have a bit of an attitude, so like all horses judge them on their individual merits, and not just their breed. If your horse isn't worked regularly then it will always be harder to ride - which is why I recommend just lessons until you can ride all the time.

Where will you be going to uni? Perth or heading out east? I'd get settled in your university before getting a horse, you don't know what it will be like yet, where you will get into, and what the situation will be like there. Wait until, when first semester is over, horses are cheaper in winter, easier to come across, and you will have a better idea of what is going on in your life.
     
    10-23-2011, 10:20 PM
  #19
Started
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Originally Posted by Saskia    
A Quarter Horse would probably be good, but in Australia they are usually quite pricey and not so easy to come across., and you're probably not going to get the size you want in a Stock Horse, and they do seem a little more highly strung than the Quarter horse (in my experience).
Here a stock horse is a QH, Appy Or Paint. Many Paints and Appys have QH bloodlines in them too :)
     



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