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post #11 of 18 Old 12-05-2007, 07:15 AM
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Hi Lorry1 I too will be 50 next week. I stopped riding my first horse when I was 16 and didn't get another one till I was 44. I started out with a QH then a TB then a QH cross. Now I ride a Rocky/Kentucky moutain gaited horse and love her to death. Hopefully you won't have to go through that many to find the "perfect" horse for you but you are doing the right thing in taking lessons first. Thats why you take lessons, to make all the mistakes and learn how to do it correctly. I have fears too I think its pretty natural. I don't think it should put you off getting a horse of your own someday though. Those little "incedents" that happen when we are learning are what makes us better riders. I'm sitting here with a busted up back from falling off my horse (long story) but its not going to stop me from getting back on as soon as I'm able. I started a post on fear I will find it and post it here for you.
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post #12 of 18 Old 12-06-2007, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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With what I'm hearing, I think I'll stay away from the Arabians for a while. I think an older horse would be better too. Do you guys think the 20 year old saddlebred would be a good choice?

Happy Birthday, Vidaloco!! Doesn't time go by fast! You are courageous to look forward to jumping back on your horse after having a busted up back! How did you happen to fall off? I hope you're feeling better soon.

I'm reading a lot of good stuff about these Kentucky mountain horses.

It's great chatting with all of you!
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post #13 of 18 Old 12-06-2007, 04:49 PM
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:P Happy Birthday Vida and Lorry... dont worry the big 50 isnt to far from me either I agree with the above, Lorry you just need a old plodder just to get your confidance on. Arabs overall arnt suited for beginners, as many stated above But dont get me wrong i think they are beautiful spirted animals, in the right hands would turn into the most wonderful friends and mount. Whatever horse you chose to ride Lorry...Goodluck sweety

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post #14 of 18 Old 12-06-2007, 08:26 PM
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Thanks so much for the Birthday wishes! Lorri1 I was going too fast galloping behind my husband across a hay field. I didn't realize he had stopped fast. I had started to turn my horse at the same time she was coming to a sort of sliding stop so I got pitched forward and sideways at the same time and lost my balance. I am getting around better every day and I am marking off the weeks till I can ride again (around the 2nd week of Jan.)
Yes, I love the Rocky breed in general they are real people pleasers. I think the 10-12 age is a good beginner horse although my first was a 2 yo and Vida is 6 almost 7.


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post #15 of 18 Old 12-06-2007, 08:29 PM
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Better say it before someone else does...Yes I know I shouldn't be running a gaited horse. A friend of mine who raises Peruvians already b*^#&ed me out about it I promise I will keep her in gait from now on :)


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post #16 of 18 Old 12-08-2007, 03:25 AM
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With what I'm hearing, I think I'll stay away from the Arabians for a while. I think an older horse would be better too. Do you guys think the 20 year old saddlebred would be a good choice?

Happy Birthday, Vidaloco!! Doesn't time go by fast! You are courageous to look forward to jumping back on your horse after having a busted up back! How did you happen to fall off? I hope you're feeling better soon.

I'm reading a lot of good stuff about these Kentucky mountain horses.

It's great chatting with all of you!

WELLLLLL if you're going to stay away from Arabians just because of what people tell you then DOUBLE steer clear from Saddlebreds ;) They are just as "hot" as people deem Arabs to be. I only have Arab now, wouldn't trade them for the world. They are so loyal, crafty, SMART, and have great endurance. My QH that I recently lost was a great horse too in his own pokey little manner. I do like Arabians the most and would honestly choose one over any other breed out there.
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post #17 of 18 Old 12-08-2007, 06:11 AM
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Good job sticking with it after the scary windy encounter! Just chalk it up to experience and move on with your new knowledge: your horse can feel if you're nervous, too spunky of a horse may not mesh well with you currently, screaming never helps anything with regards to horses.

And don't necessarily omit Arabians just because of this one horse/incident. When you do look for your dream horse, just look for one (any breed) with a calm demeanor who's experienced a lot of things. I'm sure he wouldn't even need to be as old as 20. Many horses who have lived at very busy boarding/training barns get to experience so many varied things that they could care less about any crazy sound or sudden movement.

Good luck (you can get over the screaming thing!) and have fun horse-shopping!!
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post #18 of 18 Old 12-10-2007, 09:27 PM
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An older horse is probably best for beginners, but temperament, not breed is what you want to look at. A high strung or spooky horse would be the worst choice. I would generally keep away from any horse that has ever been raced and choose a nice, uncomplicated horse to learn on. My mother just started riding last year and we got her a really lazy 11 year old tb mare. She has worked out great.

But in my experience, try to avoid a mare. Some are extremely calm, but a few will have to be medicated during a few months each year to simply keep them sane. Geldings tend to be more calm, but there are always exceptions.

I happen to love mares so don't jump on my for my last comment.
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