So I'm in the process of looking for a horse and am having a hard time deciding what breed I want. Initially I was interested in either a quarter horse or appaloosa as they are know to excel in western events, but I've also come across some great arabs and thoroughbreds. I know my number one concern is to find a horse that is compatible with me in regards to personality, but I still wanted to know what everyone thought about training an arab or thoroughbred in poles or barrels. I had an arab about three years ago and he was beautiful, also was started on level one dressage, we never rode him western, though that is what I am wanting to perform in more. Thanks for the help!
Actually I hadn't, but that's a great idea and makes a lot of sense! I've been checking all over the internet and through a few of my friends who ride...horse searching is exhausting, but fun nonetheless.
I had a little TB mare (15.3hh - little in my books!) and we did everything, and won at it. In one weekend we got high point in English, Western, and jumping... it was great! She went well in both english and western, and could jump about 3'9" consistently, and won in all rings.
Here's a few pics of her:
I don't think it's really breed dependent. I would suggest for you to look around at horses that are for sale and go from there. Focus more on the the horse's training etc rather than the breed, not unless there is a breed of horse that you know you really want.