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        10-19-2010, 06:39 PM
    Found some notes! Arab, TB - you are a hot blood person.
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        10-19-2010, 06:48 PM
    Interesting! I've been thinking that I need more of a mellow, steady horse, and yet... I can't stop looking at off the track thoroughbreds!
        10-19-2010, 06:55 PM
    What would probably suit you down to the ground would be an older arabian, say 15 or 16 and for some reason I keep thinking "mare". I hope you used the same colour test tho', the colours in the one I used are green, blue, gold and orange.

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    If you really fancy an off track TB, go for a smaller one, and go for one that was a terrible racer, refused to pass, ran slowly, retired after one or two races. They are the *clever* ones who stay safe and tend to make the kindest, nicest, happiest riding horses.
        10-21-2010, 06:09 PM
    Originally Posted by petitepyromaniac    
    I'll be looking for a new horse soon, and I have NO idea what breed to look into. This is what I'm looking for in a horse:

    1. Friendly temperament! I really want a personable horse. I want him (or her) to enjoy being with me. The horse I have now doesn't care for attention. She's great to ride, but I want something I can enjoy all the time, not just when I'm on it's back.

    2. Willing. I don't care if the horse is the most talented, but I'd like for it to be willing to try for me :)

    3. Be capable of doing a little jumping (3'3" max), basic dressage (1st level), and trail riding/hacking. Just fun all around

    4. Medium sized. I'm thinking between 14-15.1, but I can be flexible on that.

    Any ideas would be wonderful! Thank you!
    Well a quarter horse.

    A saddlebred, are good with jumping and the size is about right too. Don't know about the much on if they are a friendly breed, because all horses are different.

    A paint horse, I have paint and my mare is 14.2 hh and she can clear 3 feet easy.
        10-23-2010, 04:40 PM
    Super helpful.
        10-23-2010, 05:54 PM
    I would personally say thoroughbred while they can be a little higher maintenance they are great at jumping and will try their heart out for you they are also super sweet you can get an OTTB for really cheap too an train them to be just the way you want. Mine does eventing and show jumping he tries his hardest to make me happy and they are super forgiving. They are a little taller though but that might be nice for dressae
        10-23-2010, 05:59 PM
    I agree with the poster that your best bet would be to look at horses in your height and age range you want, then try to find one of them that clicks with you. It might be a QH, paint, Arab, Appy, or any number of other breeds that I am less familiar with. I wish you luck in your search.
        10-23-2010, 06:03 PM
    Appendix QH. Tenn Walker. Appy.
        10-23-2010, 06:10 PM
    The most common riding horse around my area has become the Standardbred. They are proving to be incredibly good trekking horses with lovely natures and are very courageous. Standardbreds are also making more and more appearances at local shows and proving to be very versatile. If I was ever in the market for a new horse I would have to go with standardbred. Over here they are very common and people are picking them up off the track for about $300. I have seen them range in height from 15hh through to 17hh. I have not yet met a Standardbred that I did not like and some of them are also very pretty, a couple I have seen I would never have picked for Standardbred and was convinced they were Anglo Arabs until I saw their brands.
        10-24-2010, 10:17 PM
    Paints are a great choice for a gentle willing horse, and they are very diverse in color and size.
    I would always suggest a paint or a quarter horse as a first horse. They seem to be the ones most wanting to be your friend. But I have two paints so Im biased.

    breed, dressage, jumping, trail

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