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post #11 of 34 Old 11-13-2010, 10:38 PM
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What is important is a well trained horse who has been there done that. Also for a beginner I always recommend going to see a horse with your trainer to get a second professional opinion. But I have always disagreed with the whole don't limit your breed thought. If you have your heart set on one breed then go ahead and limit your search to that, but just understand that it will probably take you longer to find that perfect horse for you. So instead of taking something like a month to find the perfect horse it might take you 6 months.

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post #12 of 34 Old 11-15-2010, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input everyone. I know alot depends on the horse its self, but I also thought that the breed you choose also has alot to play into it.

For example, when I am asked if a GSD is good breed for a first time owner? I usually say no, that they should go for a mix from a shelter, possibly a GSD Mix, to give them an idea on if GSDs are for them.
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post #13 of 34 Old 11-15-2010, 02:52 AM
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Some breeds have reputations for being hot, some being calmer. I work at a summer camp that has a horse program. We have almost entirely quarter horses, some of whom are dead broke and several that only the wranglers ride because they would take complete advantage of a child.

But it really depends on the horse. The horses at camp know when they're being ridden by one of us or a child. One in particular is about 25. If a camper is on him, he's the greatest beginning horse. If one of the wranglers gets on him and lets him go in a pasture, he's one of the fastest horses in the herd and will just take off.

It just depends on the horse.
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post #14 of 34 Old 11-15-2010, 05:54 AM
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I don't think "raw beginners" should own horses. If you haven't had lessons already take a few months of lessons first, then get a horse. It will do you a world of good, and a lesson or two a week should be less than the cost of horse upkeep - so you won't be out of pocket.

There are the occasional good TBs, and I have seen a few nice little Arabs but the reason these breeds are not often ideal is that they are sensitive. They are lovely looking and smart, but usually (not always) not as forgiving as some of the other breeds. Their sensitivity can make them ideal for the more experienced rider, but often a more tolerant horse will be better for the beginner. If you have you heart set on an Arab get an older one (over 10), in my experience they, along with TBs, seem to stay "young" for longer.

Quarter horses, Standardbreds, mixed breeds all good. Just look for something that has done everything, and is quiet and calm.
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post #15 of 34 Old 11-15-2010, 07:10 AM
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As others have told you, choose the horse, not the breed!
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post #16 of 34 Old 11-15-2010, 07:33 AM
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I still say Quarter horses as a generality, have a good temperment. Especially the geldings. When you do go to buy this horse, you have to not let your heart run away with you, and really pick one that is broke and trustworthy. It may require a few test rides. It may require the purchase of a less than eye catching old horse. But just think of how hard it will be to want to get back on if you are scared or feel constantly overwhelmed.

Everyone has to start somewhere!!

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post #17 of 34 Old 11-15-2010, 01:56 PM
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It also may help to ask the current owner for a trial for a couple weeks or so to see if you are a good match.
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I personally don't believe it's the breed that matters, but it's more of the personality of the horse.
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post #19 of 34 Old 11-16-2010, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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I won't be getting a horse anytime soon. I have little experience with horses, my aunt had one, and I have ridden a few(mostly on family trips.) I read all I can about horses and horse care.

Are there breed specific rescues for horses? That way I can work with a certain breed of horse. There are stables near me, but they are mostly for people who own horses.
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post #20 of 34 Old 11-17-2010, 02:54 PM
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I wouldnt say it's breed specific.. More about training.. And it doesn't have to be expensive. We constantly get sale horses in and out of our barn. One was a 12 y/o tb who is sweet as can be. Anyone could ride her bareback in a halter. She was only 500. My paint I paid 700 he's nine and also dead broke. I wouldn't buy a 2y/o tb however though. I know people will disagree but I myself would look for a horse around 8-10. There SHOULD be plenty of training to be suitable but eitherway. That's why you test ride before buying :)
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