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        08-01-2010, 02:08 AM
    need help!

    hello im new here and need a little help. I have never owned a horse but I have decided to get one since I have decided to go into ranching. I don't know much about all the types of breeds, so I was hoping someone could lead me in the right direction of a good horse to look into. Like I said I don't have alot of experience with horses and will not be looking into getting a show horse,race horse ect... strictly a horse that I can ride arond on the ranch. And I am looking for either a blond colored horse or a solid black horse. If anyone has any suggestions of breeds that fit that criteria I would really apretiate it. Thanks cullen

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        08-01-2010, 12:51 PM
    Green Broke
    Almost every breed comes in "blonde" and black. Have you ever ridden before? I don't reccomend you buying a horse without experience. Way too many people get in over their head and get hurt because they think it's easy to own/ride/train a horse. And yes, you will even be training a well-broke trail horse, because every thing you do around a horse is either training or untraining them. Are you financially prepared? Tack, vet, feed, farrier, equine dentist, trainer? Buying a horse is the least expensive part of horse ownership. Also, a horse doesn't need to be alone. Can you afford another horse or donkey/mule? Horses are companion animals and need another animal. As a final note, DO NOT buy a horse based on breed or color. Buy based on temperment and training. Who cares if you have a pretty palomino while it's crowhopping and bucking you off? Don't just jump into horse ownership. It's a big deal and should be treated like one. Good luck.
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        08-01-2010, 01:23 PM
    I suggest sponsoring a well broke horse, and having lessons on it with a qualified trainer. Any breed of horse can hurt you , so no breed is "safe" . Please have some lessons first, and see how you like devoting your money, time and energy to a horse. I would also suggest rescuing a couple of miniatures. They are fun to have around, you can teach them to drive , and pull your hay bales , they are a good place to start with horses, also having just 1 horse at home is not a very nice thing to do to a horse , you really need 2 of them.
    Good luck
        08-01-2010, 01:29 PM
    The help you need is a lot more than what you'll be able to get on the internet. Taking riding lessons is a good place to start and talking to local horse people in real life for advice and perspective. Talking to other ranch owners who have similar property and goals that you have will be really helpful in determining where you should get started.
        08-01-2010, 01:44 PM
    Excuse me if I made it sound like I have no experience with riding horses ect. I just don't have any experience with knowing the names of breeds and knowing those kinds of things. Living in Texas every next house has a horse and almost all of my family and freinds have multiple horses. So I do have a lot of experience in riding, just no knowledge of the types of breeds and what horse is more tempermental than others. Thanks for the help!
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        08-01-2010, 01:53 PM
    If you're in Texas and want a generic ranch horse you'll probably end up with a quarter horse :) They are hardy, good workers and generally speaking have a sound mind. Of course, it depends on the horse and you'll always need to be careful in selecting a horse for its training and temperament more than the breed but that's what I imagine you are thinking of.

    My palomiono (blond) horse is a quarter horse :)
        08-01-2010, 01:54 PM
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    Any breed. Just focus on the individual horse. You want good solid training. If you want a trail horse, don't buy a barrel horse or a jumper. Buy a trail horse. If you want a bomproof schoolhorse, don't buy a horse under seven. The older the better. Now ofcourse these are just general guidelines and there are always exceptions, but most of the time go for older and experienced, trained in whatever you want to do. Good luck on your search! Let us know if we can help.
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        08-01-2010, 02:01 PM
    Green Broke

    I think by having such a narrow mind on color you will miss out on some more appropriate horses for your needs. More than likely you will end up with a quarter type horse and the majority of them are sorrel. You need to look at the big picture. Your post scares me. Your decided to go into ranching statement would be like me saying I have decided to become a brain sugeon. I don't have a clue and I bet you do not either. It sounds like you think you have experience because your friends have horses. I have had friends who said they could ride but when I asked them to just stand and hold the horse they could do that properly. So sometimes people think they are more experienced than they are.
        08-01-2010, 02:11 PM
    Churumbeque- I agree with you that a lot of people say they can do things, even though they are not capable of doing them. I'm not blowing smoke when I say I have experience with riding horses, and not to mention my father has a ton of experience with horses so it not just something I'm jumping into without any knowledge. I just do not have any knowledge of types of breeds. On the color, my parents are the ones who are wanting me to get either a blond or a black and since they are the ones with the money I tend to do what they say. Thanks for the help!
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        08-01-2010, 03:39 PM
    Blond horse-aka palomino
    I would just suggest any broke horse with experience. Quarter horses are my favorite.

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