Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: British Columbia, Canada
In my personal opinion, there isn't a particular breed that's "best" as a Western Pleasure mount. You could take many breeds and transform them into the perfect pleasure horse; I've seen Anglo-Arabians, Shires, Clydesdales, Percherons, Paints, Standardbreds - the list goes on! Many breeds may not initially seem like trail horses, and yet they are often the best ones.
With that said, many go for Quarter Horses. They have good stamina, and yet possess the muscle for quick spurts of speed when you come across that perfect gallop spot - but, they're not endurance horses, such as many finer-boned breeds. It depends on the sort of riding you're interested in doing.
Keeping all of the above in mind, I think the most important thing to look at is personality. Is the horse seasoned in trails? Will they bolt if a man walking his dog turns out and onto the trail? I'd be open-minded when searching, and definitely stay away from breed stereotypes; I know some people are terrified of Thoroughbreds because they are classified as anxious, high-strung animals when they, too, can make wonderful pleasure mounts!
I hope you find the horse perfect for you!
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