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        10-31-2010, 09:35 AM
      #31
    Weanling
    I noticed that. And they listed him as 16 hh. I didn't think Arabians got that tall?
         
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        10-31-2010, 09:56 AM
      #32
    Weanling
    In my experiences with friends I agree with everyone else about getting an older more trained horse. I have several friends that have just started riding within the last 5 years, almost all of them bought a young horse. One girl tried to go from a baby sitter to an ottb, a year later he still does nothing. I think she's finally becoming less afraid of him. My other friends still have young horses that are still only started on barrels, I don't think they enjoy showing as much because they don't place. Green horse and Green rider results in a very long time to get anywhere showing wise. Unlike a been there done that horse and green rider, or experienced rider and green horse. I only have one friend who I must say tries the hardest, she bought on of my horses, she's a started barrel horse with alot of potential. This mare is very easy to run and even being just started I still placed on her and outran alot of good horses. I've been back on her a few times since I sold her, I can feel the lack of training, how she's started to get away with things.
    I think you would have more fun buying the most experienced horse you can find and afford.
         
        10-31-2010, 10:17 AM
      #33
    Weanling
    Thanks for the help everyone but I just wanted to say that the 4 yr thoroughbred IS trained... He's been mainly used as a trail horse for the past year and she has began jumping him and he's doing great. I rode him and he was really laid back and super friendly. Also, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to show. We really don't have the funds and I'm not really intent on winning anything...I just want a sweet gelding I can have fun with.
         
        10-31-2010, 10:04 PM
      #34
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by xxEmilyxx    
    I noticed that. And they listed him as 16 hh. I didn't think Arabians got that tall?
    Yes they can, and he definitely looks purebred to me. Arabs come in all different shapes and sizes depending on the line you're referring to - Egyptian Arabs and Crabbet Arabs are so completely different, it's like they're not even the same breed. For example:

    Egyptian


    Crabbet

         
        10-31-2010, 10:28 PM
      #35
    Trained
    Don't get caught up on buying a 'big' horse - Often smaller horses are much better as first horses because they are less intimidating and often easier to boss around and call their bluff.

    The only difference it will make is how you look - I'm 5'6 and weigh 165lbs and my current pony is a 13.3h Arab - And she has no issues carrying me and my big heavy leather saddle.

    I would personally reccomend for a first horse, something between 14 - 15hh, between 8 - 18yo, with lots of miles on it. Breed would be the last thing I looked at.

    My first horse was an Arab and he is the best, safest, and most loyal horse i've ever had the pleasure of throwing a leg over. We also showed and won for years in jumping, eventing, dressage, mounted games - Pretty much everything we entered.
         
        11-02-2010, 01:55 PM
      #36
    Foal
    If you were my daughter you would not be getting a 4yr oldTB. I think young riders need older done that horses. I would be looking for a good been around the block horse. Even in the 20 age range. Somthing that has a ton of training, that you can still ahve fun on, show, even win some stuff, till you have outgrown the horses capabilities.

    My gelding PJ I bought 15yrs ago My first horse. He's now 31, we still compeat, and win. We also have several mid-late 20s horses that are great kids horses that I can grab, and go game, rope, or pen off of, and be in the top 5.

    Don't over look an older horse that has been well cared for. They still have lots to offer, can teach you a thing or two, and make you a better rider without you having to worry about training them, ruining their training, or having the horse be to much for the rider.
         
        11-14-2010, 03:12 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    Well thanks. The owner isn't responding to emails or calls so I'm not sure if I could even get the TB anyway. I emailed about the bay QH. She said he's only ever done Western though. I ride English. Would that be a problem..? I would have to train him English right?
         
        11-14-2010, 10:41 PM
      #38
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by xxEmilyxx    
    Well thanks. The owner isn't responding to emails or calls so I'm not sure if I could even get the TB anyway. I emailed about the bay QH. She said he's only ever done Western though. I ride English. Would that be a problem..? I would have to train him English right?

    I was about to answer this question, but I checked the ad and she said she wanted to keep the horse for the time being.

    If the horse is just a trail horse/pleasure western it shouldn't be a problem. If it's a penny-pusher aka peanut-roller western pleasure horse you might have to make more of an effort to switch him/her over to english.
         
        11-15-2010, 01:45 AM
      #39
    Super Moderator
    You might find you like Western. Trail riding and reining and such. I learned a lot from riding western the last two years. I agree that if it's a peanut roller trained horse it will be hard to retrain it. However, a versitile western horse is SOOO much fun.!
         
        11-18-2010, 03:26 PM
      #40
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by whitetrashwarmblood    
    I was about to answer this question, but I checked the ad and she said she wanted to keep the horse for the time being.

    If the horse is just a trail horse/pleasure western it shouldn't be a problem. If it's a penny-pusher aka peanut-roller western pleasure horse you might have to make more of an effort to switch him/her over to english.

    Wait, she wanted to keep the thoroughbred for the time being? I just looked at the ad..didn't say that. You mean the QH?
         

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