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        07-26-2007, 06:33 PM
      #1
    Foal
    New to horses, need some help.

    Hello everyone, and thanks in advance for any information that you guys can give me.

    After many years of dreaming from afar, I am finally close to getting a horse. I hope to purchase one within the next year or two. I want to make sure I research this enough beforehand so that I will choose the right one and be prepared for the experience.

    My cousin has purchased some land and told me that I can keep a horse on her property. She is an experienced horsewoman and I feel comfortable with her advice. She will be the primary caregiver with the horse, but I will be there as much as I can. At the moment, I work, and am beginning technical school.

    Eventually, after a while, I would like to work full time with horses and perhaps begin a ranch. I know it will take years for this to come to be.

    I have rode a few times in my life, so I am not experienced, but I am comfortable around horses. I haven't rode alot in my life because of circumstances (with money and opportunity) instead of not wanting to, or being interested.

    I plan on trail riding, I am not interested in showing or competing in anything. What I need is recommendations on breeds of horses that are sturdy and reliable.

    I am currently taken with percherons and shire horses, but I don't think they would be good to start out on.

    I don't mind strange color variations or patterns on a horse, in fact, I would love to have a horse that isn't like everyone elses. I embrace my individuality and would love a horse that does as well.

    I like the buckskin color, black and blue roans are beautiful. Paints are attractive to me as well. I don't know if color has anything to do with a suggestion, but I guess I will find out soon enough.

    Anyways, thanks for the help.
         
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        07-26-2007, 08:00 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Every breed will have individual horses that will work well for you, so I wouldn't discount any of them. Quarter Horses tend to be the most popular and are generally found to be quite reliable in terms of their laid back attitudes. They also come in the colors you like.

    You're probably right to avoid the draft breeds; a bit large for a beginner to be learning on. Hot blooded breeds can be difficult sometimes, too; but a lot depends on both you and the horse.

    Good luck in your search, and congratulations on doing the research in advance! If you can, try to find someone who'll give you lessons for a few months before you get a horse. That'll help you gain confidence and knowledge, which will make it easier to select a horse when the time is right.
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        07-26-2007, 08:05 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    You said that you've rode a couple of times in the past ,right? I'm going to take that as in you've not taken any pro. Lessons. If I were you, i'd take lessons before I bought a horse, like real lessons...even if you just wanted to trail ride...
    and even if you just wanted to trail ride, how many times would you get out? You said you were going in to school, that would take a lot of free time you had... if all you wanted to do was trail ride in free time why not borrow a friends horse...., because it wouldn't be fair to your horse just sitting in a feild and you just coming in to ride in your free time.
    BUT if you have thought about all the time this horse would take and figured out stuff like this and you wanted to do this... I would invest in a quater horse. Good luck
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        07-27-2007, 12:15 AM
      #4
    Foal
    Personally, I recommend quarter horses or paints for someone starting out. They are good, sturdy horses bred to work, so they are good for trail riding. Also, they have a medium type of personality (as a general rule, each horse differs due to personality, etc.) when it comes to breeds. Horses like arabians are hot, and draft horses are one of the coolest types, but quarters horses/paints run in the middle. Draft horses are great, but you have to think of size. You'll most likely be looking at having to order special saddles for something so big, and they are tall to get on. Shires and Percheron's aren't bad horses for begginers. On the contrary, their laid back nature makes them quiet, and usually very forgiving when it comes to human error. The larger size is the only thing that really comes into play. Good luck.
         
        07-28-2007, 04:51 PM
      #5
    Foal
    It seems that QH is the general concensus that I get from most people. It is probably what I will end up getting as my first horse.
    Eventually, I want to start a ranch, would QH be the best to have on the ranch as well?
         
        07-29-2007, 08:13 AM
      #6
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by drewsylla
    It seems that qh is the general concensus that I get from most people. It is probably what I will end up getting as my first horse.
    Eventually, I want to start a ranch, would qh be the best to have on the ranch as well?
    Haha, yep. QH's, Paints and horses of that type are usually what are found on a ranch. QH's can make great cow horses.
         
        07-30-2007, 12:58 AM
      #7
    Foal
    Either qh or mustangs (not that I'd be biased towards the latter...) :roll:
         
        07-30-2007, 09:34 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Ok, buying a horse is a big decision and I am amazed that there are actually people who are willing to research what they are getting into, you should be congratulated. Now the big draft breeds I will say are very laid back but because of their size and potential strenght I would not recommend them for a beginner unless you could get two or three people who are experienced with horses and riding to go and look at them with you. Many horses will act differently with different level riders, I have had 8 horses in my life ( i'm 15) and everyone of them can tell who is riding them. Now most people will say thoroughbreds are a big no no because they are "HOT" horses I assume you what that means.(because of many years of breeding for racing and hot food it tends to follow somehow in the genetics hence making them very exciteable and somewhat 'stupid') but my first horse is a thoroughbred and he is 16.1hh, his chest fits a 6'6'' rug and he has size 7 shoes, but no matter how big and powerful he thinks he is, he will still listen to what I say and that's really all that matters (i have only been riding for 6 months). My other thoroughbred is a perfect beginners horse but once you put my friend on ( who has riddin for about 10 years) he pig-roots, half rears and jig-jogs. But in saying that most thoroughbred are stupid all together, you just gotta know how to pick 'em. In my opinion stay away from arabs and thoroughbreds unless you can take lots of people with you so they can ride the horse too make sure you have level of riding but you must like the horse yourself! But you must be sure that you are well aware of the costs and time that is involved in owning a horse, they aren't just animals they need time and attention just dogs, cats and people. The best advice I could possibly give you is make sure you have that click, within seconds you should know if he's the one(geldings are more laid back and usually better behaved) and looks mean NOTHING! For a first horse. You should lease a horse to start though to make sure you are truely committed, and usually the older the better don't get one that is under 10. Make sure they have no vices! That's so important!
         
        07-30-2007, 09:53 PM
      #9
    Foal
    Hello leah..... I meant 'Ellie' My first horse (16yrs) ago was a QH paint named lenny........ He was so laid back and gorgues!! Yeh looks aren't everything but its nice to have a horse that looks like a horse not something that looks like a mule or a um FERAL!! But the quietness comes first (no vices), I would have to disagree with you on the age, I would say anything under 20yr. But it depends how much you would ride (buy a 25yr if you are just going to watch it eat in the paddock) otherwise if you buy to old and you improve out of sight, and all you want to do is ride all day 24/7, then I would go 4 sumthing under 15yr.
    So defintally dodge the:
    TB (raced)
    ARABS
    WARMBLOODS
    Some Clydies (Pig headed)

    Hope I could help :P
         
        07-30-2007, 10:06 PM
      #10
    Foal
    Hello rhiannon...... I meant eventer gal, no I still have to disagree, looks, age and breed don't mean anything, it's temprament and the willingness to make you happy that is what makes a beautiful horse. Yes age can be a problem but... my neighbours horse gets arthritis in winter he had a broken leg at 22yo he is an old endurance horse and he is skinny no matter how much she works and feeds him that's just the way he is, and even though he has all those things that should make him less likely to be a good horse, and he should be really old and quiet and just love going slow... he races with other horses, he shys, he bucks, he pig roots and he still prefers to trot other than walk! Hence the reason why old age has NOTHING to do with their abilities!
         

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