Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Central Illinois
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Welcome to the Horse Forum!!!
TBs, in general, have high levels of energy and love to run.
When looking for a horse, you need to look at what type of riding you will be doing. Do you ride around cattle? Or do you do a lot of dressage? Depending on what Disipline/Type of riding you do, you will find there are breeds more suited to your riding style.
Quarter Horses, Paints, Appoloosas, and Mustangs are the most popular breeds for western/trail riding because of their conformation and general temperments.
Warmbloods and Thoroughbreds are the main choice for English disiplines.
Arabian/ Arab crosses are popular mounts for endurance and trail because of their hardiness and limitless energy
Draft type horses and draft crosses are used for driving, but they are becoming popular mounts in western and english.
There will always be exceptions to breed "standards". Some QH's are extremely gifted jumpers, and I have seen a few Arabians in the sorting pen. Just make sure when you have decided on a breed, the the horse you choose is within your capabilities of handling. And don't limit your search to just one breed. You may really want an Appy, but you may find a TB that is perfect for you.
Good luck with your search and hope this helps you out!!!
Last edited by A knack for horses; 12-30-2010 at 05:47 PM.