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        03-06-2011, 08:09 PM
    Need help: Looking for a New horse.

    I am looking for a great trail horse. Will be ridden by a timid, beginner needing something to help her gain her trust and confidence back in horses.

    Would prefer a gelding, but some mares are okay.

    Nothing TOO tall, Would like him/her to be around 14.4 hands up to even 15 hands.

    We do not want a horse older than 12. We would like a horse for her to be able to ride and love and become bonded with.

    He/She will be used mostly for Trail riding, and just general riding around the barn area and in the arena.

    We are located in South Carolina.
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        03-06-2011, 10:01 PM
    Green Broke
    OK, 14.4 IS 15 hands,as there are only 4 inches to a hand, if the intended rider is 12 now, maybe a smaller horse would be even better. Size & weight mean more than age in today's measurements. How tall is the rider now, & how tall is she projected to be ? A lot of horses aren't done w/their youthful exburance even by the time they are 12, so my opinion is not to put an age limit on a good horse. I've known some 5 year-olds that were super calm, but that is the exception. There are lots of good horses but finding one that is available in a short time frame can sometimes be quite difficult. Keep an open mind & have someone very knowledgeable about horses & youngsters to help. Good luck!
        03-06-2011, 10:14 PM
    The rider is 17 and 5'1. I don't want a horse any older than 12. The rider isn't 12.

    I had no clue that a hand is 4 inches. Than kyou for clearing that up. I'm a beginner as well.
        03-07-2011, 09:07 PM
    If you continue in the mindset of nothing older than 12 you will be on here within a month after buying this younger horse wanting to know why your beginner can't ride their horse. Read a few older posts and you will see what I mean.

    I have a 13 year old I wouldn't put a beginner on as she would leave them lying in the dust if they didn't know what they were doing. Heck some of the best barrel, cutting horses are in the 15 and up age range. A lot of jumpers and many dressage horses are in the 10 and up age range. That is the age when a horse starts to understand. But it's your money.

    My best advice would be to find a good trainer who can guide you to the type of animal you need based on your riders level of beginner experience.

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