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post #1 of 34 Old 11-27-2010, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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What do people think are the ideal riding breed is?

Just curious as to what people think is the best breed of horse to ride?

I find quarter horses are because there an ideal size for most people (not to small not to tall) , they are very muscular and they have quiet temperments.....
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It completely depends on the individual rider and their chosen sport.

For me, I'd say Welsh C and D or crosses of them.
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Yay for Welshes! I love love love them too.

I think it's all a matter of personal preference and sport. The vast majority of horses have been bred and domesticated specifically for riding, so unless we humans are complete idiots when it comes to breeding the horses (which sometimes happens) ALL of the breeds should be ideal for riding in their own way! Except of course some of the drafts and minis which are frequently bred to be ideal for cart driving.

People aren't all the same and neither are horses. There's a breed to suit everyone... so there's not really a point in trying to choose the 'ideal' horse when we can't (and shouldn't) choose 'ideal' people!

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Haflingers : ) Perfect size for adults but small enough that they don't cost as much to feed. Beautiful and versatile.

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Quarter Horses.

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post #6 of 34 Old 11-27-2010, 04:49 PM
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It completely depends on the individual rider and their chosen sport.
This, exactly. Those shorter, stocky, QH types are ideal for me because I do a lot of ranch/cow work but someone who rode dressage or liked to do jumping would never look at a horse like that simply because it isn't ideal for them. Along that same line, I would never look at a 17 hand Warmblood type because they aren't ideal for what I do. A person just looking for a horse to plod around on riding trails or even some local small-time shows would get along with just about any breed so they need to choose a horse with a body size and style that suits their preferances and a temperment that compliments them.

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It depends on what you want to do with said riding horse.

Personally, for me the ideal breed is a Thoroughbred, a Warmblood, or a cross between those two.

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I'm with strange on this one.

I'm like warmbloods and thoroughbreds. A lot of people think they are too big, but my TB's are 15.2 hh and 15.3 hh and my warmblood is only 15.3 hh.


I do show hunter, eq, and may be starting jumpers this season.
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hmmmm, as many may have said it depends but I find that the best DRESSAGE horse is a Friesian, or a hispanic breed. But there are other breeds that continue to surprise me, e.g My friend had a 17.7hh Shire Horse and a 8hh Shetland Pony who are both excellent at dressage. But overall I prefer to ride excentric horse like Friesians, Lipizzanners, Lustianos and Andulusians. There also soooooo pretty. But with the right rider any horse/pony is a great horse.
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I'm with strange on this one.

I'm like warmbloods and thoroughbreds. A lot of people think they are too big, but my TB's are 15.2 hh and 15.3 hh and my warmblood is only 15.3 hh.


I do show hunter, eq, and may be starting jumpers this season.
The thing is that Warmbloods are NOT huge monsters. The average WB is about 16 hh to 16:2 hh and a very large proportion of TB are under 16 hh or just barely there, so your horse fits right into what you SHOULD expect.
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