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post #1 of 13 Old 03-24-2008, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Should I look for a breed?

Generaly, when looking for a horse I don't look for a certian breed. However, now that I'm hopefully going to be showing more, I'd like to look for something that could do what I want to do. I'm currently riding a few horses - two Hanoverians, an Appendix and then a pony.
I want to do Hunters (at schooling shows), Jumpers and Dressage. I'm not a huge fan of warmbloods, but I am starting to like them a lot more. I don't know how high I will compete, but I'd LOVE to jump 3'3" (at home at least) and school maybe 2nd level dressage.
The only huge thing is the price. I can maybe get a $6,500 horse at max. This summer I'm going to work and hopefully get paied. The horse budget in my area (I'm in CA) is horrible at the moment.
Anyway, should I look for a breed? Lately I've been thinking Warmblood, but they can be pricey. I don't care if I have to put a bit of training. Maybe something that'd done a few schooling shows, W/T/C and little cross rails. I have a wonderful trainer that will help me with my search, but I want to know ahead of time. I'm 5'4"(ish).
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-24-2008, 10:57 PM
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I'd say a warmblood, but yes they can get pretty pricey. I'd also look into tbs or an appendix.
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Yeah, I like Appendix's. I think they're really cute and having a good mind, and are very athletic. I like Thoroughbreds, too, but I'm not really sure about them.
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-24-2008, 11:25 PM
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Re: Should I look for a breed?

I say... forget the breed. Look for a horse that you like that can show at 3"3 and 2nd level dressage and it will work itself out.

1. a lot of breeds can't do either of those competitively. They'll weed themselves out.

2. It may be hard to find that kind of horse for $6500 as is, I wouldn't limit it by looking for something specific!
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post #5 of 13 Old 03-24-2008, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, a lot of breeds can't do those at shows, and I can't up my price. I'm hoping that the best will work out, and the market will get settled down a bit more. Or, my trainer can help.
Again - I don't care if I have to put a few miles on it, but it'd be nice if the horse had a lot of the basics down.
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post #6 of 13 Old 03-24-2008, 11:34 PM
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Don't discount saddlebreds. I think Harry Callahan is up to Grand Prix level dressage this year.
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post #7 of 13 Old 03-24-2008, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Woah, that's amazing. There's a saddlebred at my barn, she's adorable.
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post #8 of 13 Old 03-26-2008, 11:11 AM
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You have to look at your long term plans. If you want to do hunters, how high are you wanting to eventually compete? Are you wanting to do dressage and eventing? and how high of a level of both. How much riding experience do you have as it will determine also what breeds you might be able to look at. There are variations to every rule but generally speaking some breeds have more go than others so its something to keep in mind.

Tho I know we all have our favorite breeds I think it's important to keep your goals in your head and keep an open mind as you never know what you might find.

You could find your perfect match in a totally different breed than what you have set yourself for.

Good Luck.
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post #9 of 13 Old 03-27-2008, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks M2G.
My level of experience is good, I assume. I haven't been riding for that long, but I think I've had a lot of experience with a large variety of horses. I ride my barn owners horses, and some horses around the barn. I did eventing for a while, but decided (recently) that I cannot afford it at all, as much as I'd love to do it. I would eventually love to school cross country in the summer.
Hunter/ the hunter ring (this year at least) I'm doing some short stirrup and pony hunters, and I think I'd keep it at that (showing wise; I could always school higher). Jumpers - maybe 2'9"ish - possibly 3ft.
Dressage would be fun to compete 1st level or so, but again, school higher.
I really haven't sat down and took the time to set my goals for my next horse, and I'm not in any rush. I just thought if something came on the market really nice, I'd go and take a look.
I totally realise that maybe I'll find the nicest Quarter horse that I could do whatever with - I wouldn't ever rule that horse out.
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post #10 of 13 Old 03-29-2008, 02:31 AM
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Re: Should I look for a breed?

you would do great on any horse !I think a TB or warmblood (yeah, they can be pricey, but there are really nice cheaper ones out there)

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