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post #11 of 22 Old 05-24-2010, 06:44 PM
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Good advise.

I, too, would avoid the hotter breeds such as TB and Arabs. Although you can find calm examples of either, as a first horse I would avoid them until you know enough.

I would look to the stock horse breeds such as the Quarter Horse, the Paint (it's breed not just a color), or an Appaloosa and between 10 - 20 years old. The problem with a grade horse is that you really may not know what you are getting. Again, there are perfect (and many) examples of wonderful grades but, and even with a known breed, you need to take a very knowledgeable horseman with you.

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post #12 of 22 Old 05-29-2010, 11:13 PM
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I agree with what some of the others are saying. I would really watch out for TB's. I just came close to purchasing one and am glad I didn't. After visiting him again today he proved that he is very flighty and headstrong and not suitable for a beginning rider. I am looking at a QH tomorrow but this lesson showed me not to look before I leap. When you find a horse you feel is "the one" take at least 24 hours to think on it. You won't regret it.

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post #13 of 22 Old 05-30-2010, 01:02 PM
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I would say a quarter horse or a paint. A tennessee walker also may do well for you. Or maybe even a draftX We have a quarter horse, a paint, and a tennessee walker and they are all very easy going and super easy keepers and they are super sweet. STAY AWAY from thoroughbreds, whoever told you that was right. Thoroughbreds are often skittish and get worked up easily. Don't let their beauty draw them to you! Especially stay away from retired race horses. They are not very well socialized at young ages, and so often have health and lameness issues. For your first horse, I wouldn't recommend a warmblood either. Although many of them are quite easy going and sweet and gentle, they often have strange spooks at things that you wouldn't think they would spook at. Example: Your warmblood doesn't spook at your little brother waving a towel tied to a stick around, but he does spook at your chaps sitting still in the corner. Your very best bet would be a quarter horse, I think. They are just so easy. Hope this helps!
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post #14 of 22 Old 05-30-2010, 01:03 PM
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Oh, and stay away from Arabs. They are headstrong and have weird spooks. Once again, don't let the beauty draw you in.
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post #15 of 22 Old 05-31-2010, 07:42 PM
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Pretty much agree with those recommending buying a well broke and calm horse vs a breed of horse. That said, some breeds are more user friendly & likely to be healthier both physically & mentally. Do a little research and go to that group of horses & see if you can find a horse you like. Bettter yet, go shopping & buy the horse that likes YOU. Buy beauty vs pretty. You'll be glad you did.

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post #16 of 22 Old 06-01-2010, 05:54 PM
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My first horse was an Arab and she was perfect for what I needed, not skittish like most of them. She had been in a stall and arena her whole life and I brought her home and threw her in in field with my tiny pony. She adapted really well, although the first 6 months no one could ride her but me because she was so skittish of everything. But she is so calm now we use her for therapudic riding for a little girl with Cerebral Palsey. She just trods quietly back and forth like she knows what her job is.
So yes, find something older, and see how they do with what they will be exposed to where you are going to ride. If they are terrified of playing children, you won't want to bring them somewhere you know there will be children.
PS- My Arab will now walk quietly past kids jumping on a trampoline screaming.
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post #17 of 22 Old 06-01-2010, 07:53 PM
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My Arab is currently a therapy horse in a riding for the disabled school - hardly wild and spooky :]

Look at horses as individuals - You might find an Arab that is perfect for your needs (Like I did) or you might find a QH, TB, ASH... As long as it is begginner safe, tolerant, willing and sound, the breed is irrelevant.

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post #18 of 22 Old 06-01-2010, 08:11 PM
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Haven't read through any posts but the OP, so I apologize if I'm repeating what someone else said.

Breed, color, height....all are your LAST concern. Sure, turn down a hot right-off-the-track TB no matter HOW calm the horse is claimed to be (they need a lot of retraining, most of which doesn't have anything to do with temperment, but what they know), but if you go out to look at a horse and he's a good, SOLID, bombproof horse, it's worth its weight in gold no matter the breed. If you want to conduct online searches and are looking for what breed to put in, Welshes, Quarter Horses, Quarter Ponies, Arabians, Paints, Haflingers, Appaloosas, Tennessee Walking Horses, Missouri Fox Trotters....all good breeds (as a whole of course, no horse is guarenteed a good horse based on his breed) for a new rider. Standardbreds are good but watch out because a lot of them are bred to pace, often a very uncomfortable gait that you don't want them to take to the saddle. The draft mixes are also good; cold blood=calm.

Just don't turn down a horse because he's not of a breed notorious for being a good first horse. I've known Thoroughbreds as docile as lambs, and I have a Clydesdale mix I just sold that would be wayyy too spirited for a beginner.

If you have a trainer, and you're willing to work with a horse, a horse with some minor problems is alright. Minor. And only if both you and a trainer are willing to work with it. Otherwise, green+green=black & blue!!

And above all else, make sure it's a horse you feel comfortable with! If you feel a horse's trot is too big or he feels too out of control at the canter, pass him by. You'll thank yourself later when you've found a horse you feel comfortable with.

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post #19 of 22 Old 06-01-2010, 08:17 PM
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[QUOTE=Speed Racer;642467]I don't necessarily have any hard keepers, but when I brought home my TB I literally doubled my feed bill. I can feed two Arabians for 2 weeks on what my one TB needs for the same time schedule.
Oh, I know what you mean. My Paso Fino gelding is 22 and on Nutrena Equine Senior.....have to feed him two plastic feed scoops of that, plus half a feed scoops of oats to keep him fit! He's very active for a senior. Costs me more than it costs to feed my four other ones!
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post #20 of 22 Old 06-01-2010, 11:01 PM
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Honestly every breed has horses that are hot or calm, and sure thoroughbreds of there sterotype of being hot, but don't completely avoid a certain breed just because of there sterotype. When I used to just browse horses for sale a couple years back I always never looked at the thoroughbred ads...I always saw thoroughbred on a website and hurried up to find a different breed. But go figure guess what breed my first horse is?? Yelp he's a thoroughbred, and he does not live up to the sterotype of being hot. Actually I got Hero a week after his last race and he was so level headed and calm I never thought he would of been an OTTB. There are a bunch of OTTBs at my barn and most are really calm and great horses. Needless to say go for how the horse is...that is so important..dont worry about breed but dont purposely stay away from breeds..just worry about the actual horse!

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