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post #1 of 3 Old 08-31-2007, 04:50 AM Thread Starter
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Saddlebreds, Is this a Good First Horse for Newbies?

My daughter and I are taking english lessons and are wanting to get our first horse.

We have zoned in on Saddlebreds (that's what we take lessons on and we really like them).

Is there anything anyone has experienced with this breed that we should know before buying? Is this breed a good choice?

We mostly want to do english pleasure riding, no jumping.
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-31-2007, 10:35 AM
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Assuming the horses you're riding in your lessons are gaited, I would definitely stick with the breed (or another gaited breed). It would be tough on you to sit a trott on a non gaitet horse; it's quite a diffrence. Maybe try a few out and go from there...

Horse shopping is fun and you really get to know what's "out there". There are good, safe horses in every breed so I'd say start lookin' around and try some diffrend breeds to compair!
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-31-2007, 08:02 PM
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I have owned two saddlebreds so far and I loved them both, they were both great horses. I would say if you've been riding them already n kinda of know what there like to go for it. But be a bit cautious, saddlebreds are like every breed and you get some good ones and some bad ones it depends on what your looking for. A lot of them are typically pretty high energy horses! My mare always had energy to spare and was fairly easily excited but my gelding (although he had his moments) was a great deal more laid back. They both loved to show off every chance they got! I think if you spend the time to check them out and find one that suits you guys, you won't regret it!
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