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.
Last edited by equiniphile; 06-01-2010 at 09:13 PM.
Reason: spelling of "too"....yea you read right ;)