Originally Posted by Country Woman
is the Half Arab the way to go
And when I should I get the horse stuff like grooming things
Lead rope and stuff like that
I need a sturdy horse
I am 5'6'' and 190lbs but I have balance issues with my right side
We had a half QH/half Arab years ago. I always thought he was smart and the way he moved was like liquid - gorgeous. I love the QH breed but the Arab gives them a little extra pizazz and class (I hope the QH people here don't blast me for saying that...I have 3 QH myself, and love them, but still - some Arabs are just drop dead gorgeous). So, I think the QH/Arab combo gives you good potential to have a smart, easy-going people-pleasing horse with a lot of 'try'. You should definitely save the money to get a dead-broke, middle aged horse that's been there and done that. For you, with your balance issue, you might talk to folks at a therapeutic riding center and see if you can get a lead from them. Their horses are used to kids/clients who have balance issues and aren't upset by that off-balance rider. They're always moving horses in and out of the centers as their needs change. Also, sometimes the therapeutic riding centers will have a great horse that's just not a good fit for them, like being too tall -- we have to hold the kids in the saddle and tall horses are problems for short side-walkers like me.
I think you definitely could pick up some things now for fun, to have tucked away in your 'horsey hope chest'. But you can always pick them up later and it's easy to find things on sale or online, so there's no rush. Sounds like you want to have a few things to enjoy, so go ahead and get hoof pick, bucket, brushes, rubber curry comb, lead rope with a popper on the end, etc. Don't get anything that will rust or expire or that has a potential to be too big or too small (blankets, halter, pads, sport boots).