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post #11 of 16 Old 10-28-2007, 08:19 PM
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Any breed of horse can be great for you.
It's not the breed of horse it's the horse its self and its temperament that you have to go by.

My first horse was/is an Arabian x andalusian gelding (14.3hh 4 years old, But now he's 9) he is the most quiet horse I've seen but he always gives you a challenge, he isn't brain dead .

My palomino Quarter Horse mare is so quiet she's had kids around her and sit on her and have pony rides yet she needs someone with a lot of experience.

I don't recommend first horses that are Thoroughbred or standardbred but that is my personal opinion i bet some of you are completely different.

Arabian x sounds like a good horse for you, they can go all day, good for long rides (they are used in endurance) and all sorts.
Even an Arabian x QH - Quarab.

Whatever suits you, don't always go with what other people say
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post #12 of 16 Old 10-28-2007, 10:12 PM
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i read ur question and thought it was very interesting.i agree with arabianprincess about getting an arabian x qh because a qh will have the temperment u want and the arabian will have the endurance u will want.i have been all over that area and the mix breed i think will be the best for the terrain and the far as where to look i would look on a website called they have a search by state,price range,and was very helpful for me when i got my horses it also has descriptions and the owners email and phone number and other contact info,oh and it has a link to google maps so u click on it and it shows where the horse is located and how far it is from u.hope u find a couple of horses and good luck on ur dream.

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post #13 of 16 Old 10-29-2007, 06:56 AM
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I saw a tv show I think it was Rick Lambs on RFD where he interviewed a man who rode from coast to coast. I have tried to find his name, but no luck. It would be a good idea to try and find someone who has done a journey like this. I remember he ended up having to pull his shoes and get horse boots and water/food for his horses was a major issue. He pretty much stayed to back roads. Unfortunatly you cant go cross country anymore, too many fences. I will keep looking for the story and post it if I find it.

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post #14 of 16 Old 11-07-2007, 03:18 PM
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A palomino is a color, but can also be a registration, like pinto (not paint though mind you...paint is an actual breed). Palomino and pinto are colors, but they are color registrations. You see lots of saddlebred, arab, and QH crosses registerd as pintos and palominos, when really they're a grade horse with color.

A quarter horse would suit your needs perfectly as they are strong, hardy, and level headed. I would suggect staying away from more thoroughbredy QH though as they have a tendoncey to be more hot and less suited to an 'outdoor' work load if you know what I mean. Try and get what's considered an old style QH. They aren't as pretty, but they were bred to be the cowboy horse; to go over all kinds of terrain looking for cattle. Any stock horses (appys, paints or QHs) have these qualities. Old style work horses like these also have more endurance, and don't have such short bunchy muscles made just for speed. That's why appys can be attractive, because they orignated as a wild breed, and therefore have a tendocy to be more hardy, and can go longer distances on less.

If your thinking about any kind of crossbred, you might want to consider a draft cross, which would make the horse stronger. I would also suggest getting getting a horse with darker pigmentation (bays, browns, blacks). I know that palominos are attractive, but horses with lighter pigmentation have a tendoncey to have softer feet. Many paints are like this.

I would suggest a horse for you 15.2+ hands, with excellent feet, and a strong back.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-13-2007, 09:07 PM
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This post might be too late but, what are ya gunna do.

I have to agree totally about the black feet! You need black feet for what you've got planned. Maybe a nice buckskin would be a compromise. But I think color will go by the wayside once you start looking for a horse with the right vitals. Not too young, not too old, (>6<14). Short strong back. 100% sound. Good temperment. Hight >15.3hh I would say. I don't think it has to nessasarily be an endurance bred horse, as long as you don't over do it (can't expect to trot/canter the whole way).
I would DEFINATILY take a gun, wouldn't get me on a trip like that without one. You'll have to get your horse use to the sound too, imagine a crazy person coming for you and your horse freaks out and drops you when you fire a warning shot.
Definatly do some reading on comformation.
Maybe look into a gaited horse.
Get a full vet check, it's worth it! Also if you can I would try your best to get a trial before you buy anything.
I'm sure there's stuff I've forgoten, but hopefully gives you some food for thought
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-21-2007, 11:11 PM
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i would recommend a qh they are all around horses and very sturdy horses and musullar do are good in snow heat ect heres my 12 yr old qh willy hes my first horse also qh's have great personalities! there just all around horses

hes the love of my life the first time i saw him and rode him i knew i had to have him and i dont regret getting him either

thats not the best pic u cant really see his forelock and his mane is on the other side but sooner or later ill have full body pics
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