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post #1 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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What breed should I get?

I have had AQHA's and one Paint horse growing up with my family and absolutely love them. My dad swears by them and will ALWAYS buy AQHA. However, I'm now in a position to get my own horse. I'd like to branch out a little, but I don't want to get in over my head with a breed I've entirely unprepared for. I'd like a horse with similar temperment to a quarter horse since that's what I'm used to. I'm mostly interested in horses 3 and under (my current horse is an AQHA 19-mo palomino) that I will start under saddle myself. I don't want to spend more than $1000, either - which is VERY doable in today's economy and in my area for most breeds (but obviously some breeds are more expensive than others), though I am picky about conformation and bloodlines (all our horses are Doc Bar bred). I am purely western and will likely only be using my horses for pleasure and especially trail riding. It needs to be gentle and friendly enough for my horse-weary husband, who will *someday* ride horses haha. I realize that most of this has to do with the individual horse, but I want to double check before I go looking at just any breeds. Any thoughts? Thanks!
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 12:20 AM
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Judge a horse by their personality, not their breed!! Instead, look for horse that is sane, sound, and will make a good partner for u. If u don't plan to do breed shows, then the breed doesn't matter at all. Using tunnel vision when looking for a horse will cause u to miss out on some great horses.
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 12:24 AM
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i have to agree with the above post!

the hardest part of riding is the ground... yup sounds about right
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 12:43 AM
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Why are bloodlines so important if you're just going to use the horse for pleasure/trail?

I have a 2.5-year-old draft cross gelding (Percheron/paint) who fits the bill of your wants/needs perfectly except for the price and the bloodlines (although his sire has Two-eyed Jack and some other good horses in his pedigree), and I wouldn't trade him for all the top bloodline horses in the world. He's steady, sane, quiet, smart, great conformation, willing, and is better behaved than most older horses I know. I constantly have people wanting to buy him because of his looks, too.

So, like Lins said, judge the individual horse, not their breed or pedigree.
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Depends on what kind of western riding you are doing...is this western pleasure for show? If so, you are pretty limited to QH's, Paints, and maybe Appys. Western for actual pleasure riding opens up your options more. How about a gaited horse? Or a light draft cross?

I agree to look at the horse and not the pedigree, but considering that QH's are the most popular breed and that you are really limiting your choices with your requirements (not that that's a bad thing), you aren't going to find much besides QH's/Paints/Apps that fit the bill.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 11:47 AM
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I know you've had Quarter horses and you're looking to branch out, but the characteristics you just listed point right back to Quarter horses! Of course, as others have said, any horse needs to be assessed/evaluated as an individual...

One of the best trail horses I've ever met is a saddlebred mix of I-don't-know-what-all and she's absolutely wonderful. Everybody loves her.

My main horse is a Quarter horse and his nature/manner is absolutely wonderful.

Happy shopping!
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 12:06 PM
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I had a QH who never went by her name, an endless string of 4 letter words.... oh yes! That being said, most QH's are sane, level-headed horses (figures I'd get the one that wasn't.....).

I have a fantastic little Morgan right now. He's the first Morgan I'd ever ridden, they aren't at all popular around here but he was fantastically bred, sane and level-headed as a green 4yr old, so I bought him. I was told he was broken to ride Western originally and I could definitely believe that. He's a bit high-strung though... okay really, really high-strung and sensitive but he's an awesome lil trail horse as nothing spooks him as long as he trusts his rider.
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 12:56 PM
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I have only ever had QH's or paints until recently. I do ride (and use to show) both english and western, so my horses need to be an all around horse, able to move easily between disciplines. I recently was given a thoroughbred, and he moves like a QH and his temperment is the same. He is excellent on trails and moves great. It really depends on the horse, because 10 years ago, I would have never thought I would be riding a thoroughbred.....and LOVING it!!!
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 03:40 PM
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In my mind, QHs and PHs (since they're basically one in the same if you take out the color issue) are close to being the perfect horse. They're round about and built to do any job you throw at them, and with what you're looking for... everyone else has said it, haha.

Look in the papers, take a couple test rides per horse, see which fits you best by personality and ride if they're ride-able. If they're still too young, walk them on a halter and lead a few times, just the two of you, and see how you like their personality.

TBs are also good to have since the QH is a very close relative.

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post #10 of 12 Old 01-10-2012, 10:41 AM
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yeah i don't think you should judge so hardly on bloodlines. i worked with a horse that doesn't have great bloodlines but turned into a champion! i also have a good barrel horse that doesn't have champion bloodlines and does great! I say judge on the personality.
i am kinda obbsessed with the AQH breed, i have 2 of them and work with 3 more :P........ i love there personality and there confirmation! haha i reconmend them haha!
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