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    09-24-2012, 12:38 AM
  #11
Weanling
Arabians are known for being spirited, sensitive, and tough horses. I own one and he is a amazing trail horse. Arabians go GREAT in western and in my opinion are more pretty in western than English. Never would I say that Arabians are bad in a certain sport. They are very good all around horses. But I definetly agree with riccil0ve, just because you can stick on a horse doesn't make you a good rider who can properly handle a spirited horse. Arabians can be very sensitive and you have to be a very good horseman/woman to get the feel for the individual horse and ride it according to its needs. That goes for all horses, not just Arabs. Please rethink carefully and honestly how good of a horseman/woman, not a rider, you really are.
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    09-24-2012, 10:01 AM
  #12
Green Broke
"Compete in endurance" I also see Florida in your profile. Put those together and you are pretty much wasting your time with anything but a Polish or Crabbet arabian. Nothing else will have the endurance and handle the heat.
Although you are lightweight and an Egyptian line may suit you, Polish Arabs will hold up longer be sturdier and tend to have bigger feet. In your region bigger feet are better. Your going to be running in sand.
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    09-24-2012, 10:22 AM
  #13
Started
Arabians are nice, quality endurance horses. But what about native breeds? What about Florida Crackers, fantastic gaited horses that are developed to survive in Forida.
I would personally go with a Morgan - they're just the perfect conformation from my point of view :P I like the older heavy built Morgans most, but some of the arab type Morgans might suite you better.

Good luck, I'd love to hear what you end up with
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    09-24-2012, 10:59 AM
  #14
Yearling
I'm surprised nobody mentioned American Saddlebreds. They are/were bred for riding long distances around farms but were fast and easy to ride also some can be quite spirited, also some people put them into western classes/trails...Others would know more then me, but I would say it's a breed worth looking into.
     
    09-24-2012, 01:41 PM
  #15
Foal
Again, thanks for all the wonderful advice. I should clarify that I am an actual good rider, not just a, "Yee haw!" type of person, ha ha. I mean yeah, when the horse starts bucking on me when a random child sets off a fire cracker in front of the ring, I'm not as graceful, but nevertheless, I'm not screaming and holding on for dear life. Maybe a little surprised, but not faceplanted on the ground or losing all my sirrupts.

Overall, I'm known for being able to make horses, those that are usually a little too spirited for anyone else, listen without being harsh or anything, and I have no idea how, but I just consider it good luck. Maybe my dogs talked to the horses beforehand

Myproblem arises with a slow horse that doesn't like to move, because I'm often too gentle (at least according to my trainers). I just feel horrible wacking it with all of my might without being in a controlled situation (dog trainer in me). Also, I'm small, so it takes a lot more energy for me to get it going.

I guess I never considered Florida weather. I've been here for so long and I guess I've just thought I could work in cooler months. I mean, I know a draft horse would not do well in this state, and I don't think a warmblood would be a happy camper either.

I do like saddlebreds, and they were the first breed of horses I worked with (we had a saddlebred stable as the only stable in town at the time). I agree they are high spirited at times. The first and only horse that manage to get me off (give me a break, it was my first two weeks of riding and I lost my stirrupts then he took off galloping. I had to do a combat roll off before he decided to jump the 6 foot gate.)

However, about the gaited breeds, I thought that they did not do well in performance events?

Thanks for all the help!
     
    09-24-2012, 02:07 PM
  #16
Weanling
Thanks for clarifying:)

I agree with PunksTank, Morgans are also wonderful all around horses. For me, I love both Arabs and Morgans and don't think I could choose between them. Maybe that explains why I own both!
     
    09-24-2012, 02:48 PM
  #17
Yearling
I don't know we'll have to wait to see what others say!
     
    09-24-2012, 04:48 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by HorsesRForever    

I do like saddlebreds, and they were the first breed of horses I worked with (we had a saddlebred stable as the only stable in town at the time). I agree they are high spirited at times. The first and only horse that manage to get me off (give me a break, it was my first two weeks of riding and I lost my stirrupts then he took off galloping. I had to do a combat roll off before he decided to jump the 6 foot gate.)

However, about the gaited breeds, I thought that they did not do well in performance events?

Thanks for all the help!

Not sure if you meant that all as one thought. I mean, Saddlebreds can be five gaited but many are just 3 gaited. As far as whether or not they can do well in performance events... Yes, they are incredibly versitile and show in anything Saddleseat, huntseat, jumping, dressage, western, barrels, endurance. Pretty much, you name it. This all depends much more on the individual horse then it does on the breed.

My suggestion would be have you go to some of the training/show barns and try some horses. Get a feel for what is right for you. There are thousands of people that will direct you to their favorite breed but that doesn't mean it will be right for you.
     
    09-29-2012, 04:06 AM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by HorsesRForever    
Thank you so much for the replies! So helpful!

I actually have a question, kind of stupid, but again, I've been a dog show person for all of my life. Does a horse have to be pre-registered for it to be entered in a show? For dogs, they have to have a pedigree with registered parents, grandparents, etc for them to be shown in certain sports, like conformation or field trials (AKC rule reference). However, I can take any dog (mix, purebred, registered, not registered, etc) and register it in AKC then compete in a large range of other performance sports. What about the horse world? What organizations and how would I register a horse do I need one already with papers?

So, I was thinking Arabian or cross, but do you think they will be bad for western sports? Could they handle eventing? Thoroughbreds were also on my list. I read about the conformation problems. How hard would it be to find a nice one? Also, could they handle the sports I'm interested in?
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So, conformation wise, I should be looking for something with powerful back legs, right? Ah, I only know basic horse conformation and all dog conformation knowledge.
It depends on where your at.
I know here in KY, as far as horse shows go, it's up to the show. I know for some shows, and even trails you hae to have health papers and coggins on your horse, while some you don't and can just walk right in.
     
    09-29-2012, 05:22 PM
  #20
Foal
What about Spanish Mustangs?

I don't disagree with the previous posts, but have you considered a Spanish Mustang? I have owned several, including a mare that had a smooth fast trot she could maintain all day. If you go to Spanish Mustang Registry Inc, you can read more about the breed history and characteristics. If you like a tall horse, these may not be right for you, though - our tallest one was a little over 15 hands tall. The breed excels in endurance and dressage, but also does well in other disciplines. They do not do well with certain training methods, however, as they will defend themselves if they feel threatened. They tend to bond very strongly with the right person, and their spirit and energy makes them a lot of fun to ride. I am biased, as these are the horses I prefer to ride myself, but there are some recent and past endurance champions within the breed and reputable breeders are usually good at helping you find the right match for you as far as personality and intended use. Good luck finding the right horse!
     

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