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What breed is right for me?

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    View Poll Results: What breed should I pick?
    Quarter Horse 16 57.14%
    Shire 0 0%
    Other 12 42.86%
    Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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        09-05-2012, 01:36 PM
    Very true. And I do so love QH's, them and shires are my favorites. So, do you think a QH is the best option?
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        09-05-2012, 01:44 PM
    For what you want to do - a QH is the better option. They're also extremely versatile horses. Well most of them... I would avoid anything heavily specialized in breeding. Look for something bred to work cows & do heavy workloads. Something that'll be used to carrying more weight & tugging around some heavy stuff.
        09-05-2012, 02:31 PM
    Alright then, well, I'm glad to know a QH is the right choice. I was planning it until someone said I was too heavy for any QH ever - just a confidence damager
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        09-05-2012, 02:32 PM
    How about a Drum Horse? They are usually a Gypsy x Shire. Plenty of Gypsies are now used for sorting cattle. A Drum would certainly carry you and might be fun.

        09-05-2012, 03:15 PM
    Isn't a drum going tO be hard to get ahold of? Especially in CA or AR/WY (where I'm going to go to college). Or more pricey? Not sure, it's what I've been told tho
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        09-05-2012, 05:17 PM
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    Yeah I'd look for a QH - but not just any one. Do look for a larger one, and look for conformation, what is weight bearing, short back, thick cannons? Is that right or did I just pull that out of nowhere? Anyway someone can surely tell you. Don't just get one that seems good without evaluating its suitability.

    When you try it out see how it goes. And don't get one that's really unfit, sitting out in the paddock because it will be a lot harder on it. Get one that is already in work.

    Also - think tack. A western saddle weighs a lot which adds to the overall weight. Also check that their back is long enough to cope. As a larger rider you'll likely need a larger saddle which will be longer and maybe not fit some horses.

    I'm not a small rider. My saddle is a fairly big size and it *just* fits my mare (its almost too long). I had to turn down other saddles that were cut too long. Saddle fit is always important but I think it is especially more so for the larger rider as more weight improperly distributed causes more harm.
        09-05-2012, 05:20 PM
    Have a look through all the classifieds. There are often Drums for sale.

        09-06-2012, 02:55 AM
    Not out here... I'm lucky if I find a registered draft under 3.5k
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        09-06-2012, 06:42 AM
    Get a nice QH you will not be disappointed :)
        09-06-2012, 07:14 AM
    I am going to go against the herd and say get a shire. In the end a horse is a horse and if you love the breed you can train them to do what you want. I am not saying that you are going to win at every show but you can have a very fulfilling relationship with your horse. The more important thing is that you like your horse and if you like shires then get a shire.

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