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post #1 of 24 Old 06-27-2013, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on breeds of horses for a multidiscipline rider?

This kind of a long post, so please bare with me. I don't normally tend to be breed oriented, but am thinking about getting a horse and am looking for a starting point to look at certain breeds. I would probably consider myself a novice rider and have only been seriously riding for about 2 years, but spend most of my time at the barn and am experienced with being around different horses. I started out riding western, and switched over to English a few months ago. I am still undecided about which discipline I like more/ would be more committed to. Basically I want to become a more competitive rider, but will be leaving for college in a few years so will only really be in small local shows. So, I am just wondering what some of your opinions are about what breeds of horses could do well with both English and Western (I would most likely be competing in Western pleasure and reining in Western, and jumping in English).

I am open to looking at any breed of horse. The horse I am leasing currently is a young paint mare, but I also did most of my lessons and spent my free time riding an older arab mare for a while. The paint is very relaxed but also very stubborn, while the arab was very high strung and spookybut less likely to buck her rider off or not listen than the paint. Even though I have only been riding for two years, I am willing to take on a more highstrung "hotblooded" horse since I feel that I did better as a rider dealing with the arab's temperament.

Basically, I am just looking for suggestions of breeds of horses that could do well at a competitive level in both English (hunter jumper) and Western showing. I have a pretty open mind towards any and all breeds, however, I would prefer to ride a horse that is not gaited. It is also unlikely that I would be able to get a warmblood (although I would love to be competetive at jumping one day) which hopefully wont be too much of a problem since I will just be sticking to local shows. Finally, I am mostly just looking for breed suggestions here, but wont be basing my decision completley on the breed of horse but also on if I feel the horse is a good match since I am aware it's not all about the breed when looking to buy a horse. Thank you so much for any and all suggestions!
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There's a lot of breeds you could choose from, but I'd say my top 3 would be either a Morgan, Arab, or Quarter horse.
I say Morganx because that was my first horse and he was awesome. I love him to pieces and he was so willing and was a fast learner. :) But I also have an ArabxSaddlebred who is very smart and never runs out of energy. So if that's what you like I'd go with the Arab.
And of course I named the QH because they are known as very versitile and can do just about any discipline.
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I would go arab or quarter horse. I don't know a bunch about morgans...
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Morgan could be a good one. One of my good friends has a Morgan that she used to rein with, and now she does eventing with him.

My horse is a QHxAndalusian, and he's pretty versatile, too. I just do English with him (dressage & jumping) but I think he'd be decent at WP, too, if I wanted to go in that direction.
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I would think a quarter horse that has the conformation for jumping - some are bred a bit too extreme in the quarters for my liking if you wanted an all rounder
I love the Morgans but they aren't very big and I've seen some really weedy specimens so I'm thinking you'd have to pay a lot more for a good one
Arabs are great but they either love jumping or they cant see the point in it - too intelligent - why be putting in all that effort to jump something when you can just go round it.
I've seen some lovely arab x warmbloods about, the cross is getting more popular and should be really versatile. They are in demand though so can be expensive
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My vote is American Saddlebred. They are great horses who are very versatile. They are not gaited, though if you do get one that is trained to gait, it won't effect what you want to do, it just gives you an extra gear. They are very people oriented, generally love to work, and are beautiful.
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My vote is American Saddlebred. They are great horses who are very versatile. They are not gaited, though if you do get one that is trained to gait, it won't effect what you want to do, it just gives you an extra gear. They are very people oriented, generally love to work, and are beautiful.
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Many nice ones for sale and even in rescue. Saddlebreds are not 'just showhorses'.

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post #8 of 24 Old 06-27-2013, 06:51 PM
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Most american breeds (not standies) sound good. I would recommend a QH, very versatile and enduring

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QH, Paint, Arab, Saddlebred and an occasional TB.

I love all those breeds, gotta say I prefer riding my Arabs and Saddlebred/Arab X but talk about intelligent.......and she can be kind of opinionated. She would have led the debate team in college had she been human.

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I would look for a QH or Appendix. You will WANT scope, considering what you are looking to do, and the price should be better with a QH bc they are simply so many of them. I also, IMHO find them calmer than anything more blooded.
SO MANY of us trail ride our horses Western Pleasure, but SB, though great horses, are breed for gait and style, not multi-disciplines. ANY sound horse can pop over a 3' vertical, but a gaited horse isn't built to couple and "take you with him". I currently own two KMH's, but I don't jump them. I will be training my QH to jump this year, and we'll see what he has in him.
BTW, many splashy horses are bred just for their color, not for their build.
Plus, if you show, you will be riding among a sea of paints. You would really stand out if you bought a solid brown/black horse with no blaze and no sock/stockings at all!
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