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        12-12-2012, 06:30 PM
    New, from Indiana

    Hello everyone, I didn't see an "Introduce Yourself" thread so I thought I should post here.

    I don't have a horse yet but I am working on it. Still have to get supplies first.

    I also have a question, I'm sorry if it has been asked before too lol. When I begin to look for a horse, I am looking for a good trail riding horse. That is pretty much all I'll want to do. I have been told to look for Paints, QH, and Tennessee Walkers. Another person was telling me though that he has Percherons and they are excellent at trail riding. He said they are so easy going and hardly spook at anything. He said their temperaments are very good too. He said they may have this "slowness" to them but that you can awaken their inner horse, just like their ancestors. He said they were the horse of choice of the Knights, and that these horses would even guard their Knight if he was injured and being attacked.

    So it sounds like they would be a good horse too, but would one be ok for a first time horse owner? I have riding experience just not any experience in owning a horse. I would say my riding skills are intermediate.

    What would you suggest me to get? Would a Percheron be a good first horse? Thanks!
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        12-12-2012, 07:58 PM
    Green Broke
    Hi and welcome! Have you been taking any sort of riding lessons? If so, I would suggest speaking to your instructor about helping you locate a horse that is a good match for you and your current abilities.
    I prefer to skip over the generalizations of specific breeds and evaluate each horse as an individual - horse and human both have to be considered. You also need to consider what your short and long term goals are for you and the horse you choose - it would be counter-productive to select a horse that seems to have great basic characteristics if they would not be suited to the particular things you want to pursue.
    Also, I think you may be looking for the "meet the community" section which is listed down at the bottom of the forum listings - Meet the Community
        12-12-2012, 08:56 PM
    My first horse was an Arab. Everyone said my parents were crazy for not getting me a QH. I'm from cow country where everyone owns QHs. My Arab turned out to be the best dang horse/teacher a girl could ever dream of. I rode parade on him and he was quite the attraction. No one could believe they put us behind the firetruck (with lights and sirens) and my oh so crazy Arab casually followed it like another horse on the trail. I now own an Arab mare but not because she is arab, her personality was the deciding factor and she also is turning out to be absolutely wonderful. But anyways my point is that its not about the breed stereotypes its about the individual horse. QH are calm mellow horses but to me its contradictory when you see them work cattle. I've been on QHs who couldn't control the urge to chase the cows and talk about a ride (eyes squeezed shut, barely holding on, praying 'please stop, please stop') lol So don't worry about breed and go for personality. You'll be happier in the end.
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        12-12-2012, 09:00 PM
    Hi, I'm also from Indiana. I wouldn't worry about breed standards, each horse is different.
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        12-12-2012, 11:49 PM
    Themacpack- Yes I have taken lessons, and my trainer is partial to QH and Paints, which I like them too but I mean if she likes them then that's all she is going to suggest, you know what I mean? I want to hear which would be best for me, from someone who isn't necessarily partial to a certain breed, if there is anyone that way lol. And what do you mean by long term goals? I said that trail riding is all I am interested in. I don't plan on doing barrels or poles.

    Countrylove- How cool, and I'd like to have a few breeds in mind, well I kinda already do but mainly so I know what to look for. And I would be going to visit them too, so I could get a feel for what their temperament is. I didn't plan on just picking random horses because there are certain ones that I would like to have.

    Barrelracer23- Nice to see a fellow Hoosier haha

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