Originally Posted by shermanismybaby3006
I recomend paint and quarter horses for first time buyers. They are laid back and have good minds. You have to remember though for every breed there are some that don't represent the breed as well and might be a little more on the crazy side. I would also recomend a older horse. One that maybe has a little training and is just an easy going horse that is a good confidence builder.
I agree that Paints and QHs are a good choice. They are indeed laid back, very willing, sure footed, and tend to be very low maintenance horses... and if you can find a 10-15 year old seasoned one, you probably can't go wrong.
Also, regardless of breed, I always recommend that people ride the horse in a ring and on a trail, both alone and with other horses, so you can get a good feel if the horse is a 'match' for what type of riding you want, how it interacts with other horses, and being out alone. Some horse are bored in the ring, but love the trails and others like the security of the ring over the adventures on the trail.