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    12-20-2010, 11:16 AM
  #31
Green Broke
It's all dependent on the personality of the horse and the training they have. I have a Quarter horse mare and while anyone can handle her on the ground, there's no way I'd put a beginner on her. She's completely unflappable but she assesses her rider and then proceeds to take advantage of them in every, last, single way possible. You need to know enough to establish from the start that *you* are in charge and will not be putting up with nonsense and then she's fine but a beginner will not be doing that.

I just bought a lil Morgan, one very level headed lil guy for being 4. Completely the opposite of the age/breed I was looking for but he's perfect for me. My trainer picked him out based on his training/personality and how it would mesh with mine. Took her 6mo to find a suitable horse, we literally considered hundreds.

Find a trainer you like and take some lessons. Then when you are ready, have the trainer assist you in find the perfect horse for *you* and don't buy anything the trainer has a financial stake in, if the trainer is pushing you to purchase from them, find a new trainer!
     
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    12-20-2010, 11:18 AM
  #32
Weanling
TBs have very good tempermants too. Well mine those anyways. She is one of the quietest horses where she stays. She does not kick or bite. You can put her in a stall for hours and she would still stand quietly. She is great around other horses. And she is extremely quiet to ride apart from when she is fresh after not been ridden for a while.

She is my first horse and she was very cheap so yes it does depend on the horse not the breed. And also it depends what you want to do with the horse.
     
    12-20-2010, 11:57 AM
  #33
Showing
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Originally Posted by WildJessie    
I am just wondering what everyone here thinks. I am a beginner basically when it comes to horses.

I was wondering what you all think is a good horse breed for a beginner? It could be a Mixed breed or a Purebred. I love Arabians, but I have heard they aren't very good horses for beginners.

So what are your suggestions?
I would not focus on a breed as a first horse. Any breed can make a fantastic first horse. What you need to focus on is the horse's training instead. I would look for an older horse who's done all sorts of things. There are lots of older horses that people are moving on from, that are generally for sale for cheaper.

It's true that Arabians can be flighty, but so can QH or other otherwise breeds. You really have to do some research into each specific horse you end looking at. My first ever horse, was going to be an arab and he was an absolutely fantastic first horse. He was so well broke, and a gentleman. He would have been absolutely fantastic.

If you are able to, try to take someone with you who has some really horse experience to advise you.
     
    12-20-2010, 04:27 PM
  #34
Yearling
I agree with what everyone really says. I think it depends on the training. But Quarter Horses are known for being calm horses. But it all depends on the training and the horse I wouldn't really look for the breed.
     

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