Horse for a beginner
Hello lovely ladies and gents of the horse world,
My sister is 12 years old and she has recently decided she wants to take up horseback riding.
She's been taking lessons since July, so not very long, but if we did bring another horse into our barn it would get plenty of use so we're kind of in the market for one. I say kind of because my mom is just kind of looking - nothing majorly serious.
However, we've never really gone out and bought a horse. They've all just fallen into our lap so to speak. We've gotten our horses either for dirt cheap from friends, or for free as rescues from abuse situations or just because their owner didn't have time for them any more.
We almost got another rescue yesterday, but we were able to contact the horse's original owners and they took him back.
Any breeds known to have less of a temper than others? She is not very skilled so we already know she'll need a dead broke, older, patient horse for her to learn on. And we're not thinking of buying a pony.
We both have the majority of our experience with Quarter Horses, Palominos, Arabians, and Thoroughbreds. We'd lean more toward these breeds because we know them.
We'd buy another horse with the temperaments of our horses, but they're both a bit flighty and that's not what she needs.
So, any breeds you can think of off the top of your heads that are known to be good starter horses (with correct training, of course) and tend to be reasonably priced?
If she had her way, my sister would love a leopard app. Anyone know anything about those?