Originally Posted by Dustbunny
I agree with Speed Racer.
Also, the breed you choose should match the dicipline you ride. A Saddlebred would not be my choice for Western, nor would a full-bodied QH be my choice for jumper. See? Depends on what you want to do.
That being said, I'm sure there are always exceptions. Saddlebreds do go western in Saddlebred shows, but it's just that they are not generally thought of as a western type. I love the breed however so I just want all the SB peeps to know I am not picking on them. : ) Just pick the breed best suited for your activity. (Hopefully that got myself out of any hole I may have dug.)
Agreed! One must have a horse that fits their needs. That said, I was raised around Saddlebreds so of course, I think they make the prettiest Western pleasure horse out there.
We all have our favorites. I don't want anyone to get a horse that they are not happy with. Search for the right horse. Think about what you want to do long term. The lease is a wonderful place to start and will give you time to know if it is the horse you want for the next 20 plus years.