Is one breed any better than another for a beginner?

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    06-28-2011, 10:31 AM
Is one breed any better than another for a beginner?

I am "looking around" for a good beginner horse that is very forgiving as I am not very confident yet in my riding ability. It has been years since I've ridden at all and that was only just to jump on and ride around the arena at a walk or trot. But there are so many breeds! I realize everyone has their favorite..mine being the quarter horse..but is there any one that really sticks out for someone like me. I am in my late 40's and want to take up riding now that the kids are gone. Thank you !
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    06-28-2011, 10:57 AM
Green Broke
Although some people will tell you to avoid hot blooded horses(Arabs, TBs, etc) as beginner mounts, breed is really irrelevant.
Your best bet is to find several horses, no matter the breed, who fit the description you are looking for --beginner safe-- and then go try them all out and see which one suits you the best.
The horse's personality and temperament determine its suitability for beginners, not its breed.

Good luck on your search! Be sure to share pictures!
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    06-28-2011, 11:28 AM
I agree with Sunny :)

Breed has diddly squat to do with anything to be honest - it is about each indavidual horse - their temperment, their training and willingness, and how well the horse and rider work together.

I would try out each horse you are interested in, and see which one, regardless of breed, fits you. Is the horse within your comfort level, do you feel safe on it, does the horse help you grow, etc, etc, etc.

Also, most definitely, regardless of which horse you decide is the best fit for you, make sure you get a thorough vet check done :)

I wish you all the best!
    06-28-2011, 02:10 PM
Thank you so much for your input. I alway felt it was the temperment and how you and the horse connect with one another. But with so many breeds out there..I just wanted to be sure.
    06-28-2011, 02:38 PM
The best breed for you is OLD! Every breed has individuals that are calm, hot, spooky, bold etc... Honestly, the best thing you can do for yourself and the horse you buy is to look at horses that are in their teens and up. I don't care how much the owner of a 6 year old horse tells you that the horse is bombproof, it is a 6 year old horse and there will be plenty that the horse has not experienced. You want a horse that has been there and done that. A horse who has been exposed to the things you need: if you show then things like crowds of horses, trailers, crowds of people and the noise it brings etc.. and if you trail ride then atvs, traffic, dogs, water, hills, downed trees.

Take your time, don't limit yourself by breed, gender, height, or color. If the ad states "prospect" don't waste your time. Have fun and good luck!
    06-28-2011, 02:49 PM
I had already planned on getting an older horse. At least 16 or older still. At least I know I'm on the right track as far as age. And I am in no hurry to find one. I have every intention to take my time. Thank you for the advice !
    06-28-2011, 06:22 PM
Originally Posted by Punky413    
I had already planned on getting an older horse. At least 16 or older still. At least I know I'm on the right track as far as age. And I am in no hurry to find one. I have every intention to take my time. Thank you for the advice !
16 is a fine age...our lead mare is 17, was shown in team penning, is as bombproof as they get, and hasn't lost a step from how she was 10 years ago. More than anything else, you get consistency with age, and if you're not yet a confident rider, it's very comforting to know that your horse will perform/behave well every time you're riding.
    06-28-2011, 07:36 PM
Originally Posted by Punky413    
And I am in no hurry to find one. I have every intention to take my time.
^^ this is the smartest plan you could have. I have seen ALOT of people buy an unsuitable mount simply because they could not wait.

Best of luck finding that perfect horse!
    06-29-2011, 12:57 AM
Green Broke
Yup, age, training and personality beat breed and beauty any day. I have two Quarters. One been there done that 10 year old that anyone can ride, one wild and crazy 5 year old that I allow only certain people to ride as she's still unpredictable.
Definitely take your time and look and try tons of horses till you find just the thing.
As an aside, as I get older- a smoother gaited horse wins my bet every day, and one who parks to mount was a life saver for me when I was doing excessive amounts of trail riding as a 5 ft girlie on a 16 hand horsey.
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    06-29-2011, 01:18 AM
Breed means absolutely nothing :)

Go by the horse it's self!
My first horse was an Arabian x Andalusian.

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